Oh hi there! In today’s article I want to share something new with you. Most of you guys already know that I am a law student but I often get asked what I do besides studying. One of those things is working on my own company. Almost a year ago, on my birthday, it got registered at the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) and I am still very proud of that moment. I wanted to show you a little bit more of the business side of everything you see online, hence the video and article I made. In this article and video I want to show you a typical day in my life as an entrepreneur.
I first want to explain what my company exactly is because I get a lot of questions about that lately. My company is basically everything you see online. It’s my YouTube channel, my Instagram page @waystostudy, this website, my online shop, and my new project Ways To Lifestyle, which includes an Instagram page @waystolifestyle and soon a blog. I am an online influencer, and because I have a lot of followers, I am able to monetize some parts of my content. I also work with other companies through sponsorships. I am trying to be honest and transparent about the sponsorships I do so you will always know when something is sponsored. Now that you know the what and why, I can start showing you what my day looks like!
The first thing I do every morning is check my email on my phone. I love checking my email. I think it is very exciting to see if there is anything new or if there are any companies that would like to work with me. I check if there are any emails that need to be answered right away which is usually the case. Seeing all these new opportunities gives me a lot of motivation to make the day productive and get some work done.
Then I get up and get ready for the day. Brush my teeth, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast. When I come back in my room, I open my laptop and check my email again to answer all the emails I didn’t answer right away when I woke up. I know that it is kind of silly but it’s the way I like to work. After that, it’s time to make a planning for that day. I usually need to do some work for school too but my previous semester just ended so the amount of work I need to do for school is not that much.
After checking my email and making a planning, it’s time to get some work done. I always make sure I do the things I need to do for school first and then I start creating new content. When I am done with studying, it is usually the end of the morning or the beginning of the afternoon which is the perfect time to take pictures or to film videos. The lighting is usually the best around those hours of the day.
Between 10 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon I create most of my content. I film videos for my YouTube channel and take photos for my Instagram pages @waystostudy and @waystolifestyle and for my website. After that I am usually tired so I take a break or study more.
On week days I also have to go to school, so I always make sure I film or take photos before I leave my house or when I get home. If I have a long day of school, I can’t take pictures or film videos because it’s usually dark outside before I leave the house and when I get home so I take pictures on other days.
After my dinner, I get back to my room and either study or get back to work. During the evening, I feel a lot more creative so that is when I like to write articles, edit photos and videos, post on Instagram, etc. I always upload my photos on Instagram around dinner time and tell you guys what I have done that day. I also upload videos and articles around dinner time. It’s what works best for me.
At the end of the day, I need to update my administration. In my country, I am legally required to write down all the things I did that day. I bought a special planner (it’s the black A5 one in the photos) to write down all the things I do every day.
I also like to FaceTime my boyfriend who is also my business partner at the end of the day. He is the co owner of Ways To Study and he takes care of all the finances and all the technical things regarding my website and blog. He also takes care of my online shop, he packs and ships orders and takes care of the whole website.
During that call, we discuss the progress we have made, and business proposals that we’ve gotten and we also brainstorm a lot. We are full of ideas for the future, we aren’t afraid to dream big. Some of the ideas we have might sound crazy now but could totally become reality in a couple of months/years. I can’t talk about those plans yet but I’ll tell you as soon as I can!
Even though it is amazing to be my own boss, and have my own company, there are some downsides to all of this. Having a company takes a lot of work, and I notice that school sometimes suffers because of that. Having a company is also really stressful, especially when things don’t go the way I want to. A company is a big responsibility. My stomach often hurts because of the stress.
Even though I’d love to do this for the rest of my life, I can’t see what the future holds. Maybe Ways To Study is ten times more successful, maybe I am paying off a really big dept that was caused by wrong investments. The only thing I can do now is work hard, invest my time and energy and make sure my company is one step closer to being successful every day.
These are the only downsides I can think of. I feel grateful for the huge support I am getting from all my followers/subscribers all the time. I get opportunities that not everyone gets, I get the chance to help people, to inspire people, to motivate them. I love what I do, every day.