I am lucky that I get to talk to entrepreneurs on a daily basis; it’s made me very optimistic for the future of Arab entrepreneurship. However, many first timers have misbeliefs about the journey, and I think it could be helpful to go through a few.
1. It’s easy being an entrepreneur. [tweet this]
It’s actually hard being an entrepreneur. You wake up one day thinking you are the king of the world and the next day, you completely question your decision to start a company. You will need to sacrifice, forget your social life, and forget fancy dinners and nice vacations; you’ll need all the time and money you can get. When I started Yamli, at one point, I had to sell all of my furniture and just keep my bed. I lived with only a bed for a few years until we were able to figure out our business model and scale our revenues. Make sure you’re mentally prepared ready for the journey. It’s very hard, but truth be told, I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.