Being an entrepreneur


Starting into the third year of my self-employment and what I learned during my first two years in a nutshell.



First of all I want to mention that I am not 100 percent self-employed, I started my journey as an entrepreneur woman in December 2019. There I already have been working part-time in a completely different field.


Here in Germany, the tax system can be a bit overwhelming and difficult for newbies like me starting out. The first big milestone was to understand how that works and what my obligations and my privileges are. I can definitely say that nearly every month I discover something new that I can translate into my entrepreneurship. So what I learned here is not to wait to know everything to be the wisest person on earth. Knowledge goes along with experience in every field.


Something that helped me is to visualize my fears and write down what is the worst thing that could happen. If you have an answer to that and you understand that your life is not ended if this happens, your fear shrinks. A good example of this is that in my first year I had a lot of fear that I wouldn't generate any sales. So I wrote down what is probably the worst thing that results from that: My business will get deregistered. Nevertheless, I won’t stop working and I will register again. So my fear is gone. You can apply that to everything.


Another thing is how I treat my customers, or what I call them: the loveliest people who I am grateful for. Kindness and gratitude goes a long way and if you start your relationship with a potential customer like with a good friend, you are helping to share a healthy and supportive communication behavior in the business field (which I think is essential). And do not get me wrong, I am not talking about being endlessly kind to a mean and unthankful customer which I also already had. Here I tried to communicate as neutral as I could to get things done. And I won’t work with that customer ever again. If I would have to choose between a huge and rewarding project with a horrible project person OR getting on a small project with kind souls, I would always (!!!) choose the small one. So the lesson I learned here is that the social factor always plays a huge role and will impact you as an entrepreneur.


I, personally, have a really strong gut-feeling and every time I sense something weird, I always sit down and research why I am feeling like this. The trust in my intuition is strong and I have been using it actively during the last two years, AND until now, it never betrayed me.

So I recommend you the following advice to help your intuition in every decision: if something isn’t a HELL YEAH OF COURSE, it is a no-no. Simple as that.


Lastly I want to encourage you to trial and error instead of dreaming.



About the author:

My name is Lisa aka Toki and I am crazy in love with words

and every visual or acoustical expression.

Most of my time, I draw funny characters and

write short stories about little dogs.


Instagram: @toki.suke Website: tokisukeart.co


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