Do you hate grunt work?

by Ashvini on April 11, 2011 · 5 comments

in My Personal Thoughts

Its sexy to call yourself an entrepreneur. It makes you stand out from the crowd. It gives you status that is different from other people. It is good however till reality hits home.

Grunt work

Entrepreneurs are obsessed with projects, their product development and satisfying the customers. It is actually very glamorous work and gives someone enough to brag about.

However most of the entrepreneurs hate “Grunt Work”.

Here are some of the examples of grunt work

  1. Keeping track of employees holidays

  2. Filing taxes on time

  3. Doing the paperwork to get clearances

  4. Keeping track of bank account statements

  5. Commenting on others blogs

  6. Learning anything that is outside our domain

  7. Getting the office cleaned and tidied

  8. Dealing with dissatisfied customers

  9. Doing any other repeating work

Beware that entrepreneurship is not only doing “right sexy work” like designing, meeting customers or giving interviews to media. It is also about the grunt work that keeps the things going  everyday. It is about complete package of managing things that are too boring, yet need to be done. It is about the fact that only 10% of what you do is glamorous while 90% is still the boring work that you hated in your job. It is about creating the right attitude.

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Veronica Cervera November 5, 2011 at 5:27 am

Having the right attitude is the key. One has got to have the discipline required to perform the unglamorous tasks. Can’t imagine anyone to succeed in entrepreneurship without discipline.

Anna April 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I have never heard about the comparison of entrepreneurship with ‘sexy work’ but now I see that in general it is so – 10% pleasure and 90% of hard monotonous work :) like in sex. Sorry, for such comparison but you started it. :)
I like such posts that are a bit funny and serious.

Ashvini Kumar Saxena April 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

Entrepreneurship is indeed sexy when people who are there to enjoy work. If someone wants to just earn money, then the focus changes altogether. An entrepreneur generates job, creates new projects and solves problems of the world.

Thanks for your comments

Aswain April 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

Interesting! Hmm…nothing like hating any work here but yes, I am very lazy :P
I think as an entrepreneur, we must be prepared to handle these tasks and I really do not see anything unsexy with these things. Work is Work afterall..!

Ashvini Kumar Saxena April 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Lazy man :PPP

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