Is it good for an entrepreneur to be involved in multiple projects?

by Ashvini on June 6, 2012 · 7 comments

in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs ( which include me ) are fickle people. One day you will find them doing thing A, while the other day thing B and then thing C. If you ever ask them , what they are currently doing , you will get the answer which probably goes as “Something interesting” or “something different”. Entrepreneurship is an occupation that is high on variables. An entrepreneur often starts something passionately , only to lose it in between because it is not working out or that he has lost the patience to see it through.

Entrepreneurs often are involved in multiple projects because they are excited by the myriad ways that can make things different and cool. For example, one entrepreneur I know, is doing great with his blog. However I have seen that he is also involved in doing many other things such as providing services on fiverr and also creating applications for android.

Entrepreneurship is often like a trial and error method. You start one thing, then if it fails to take off, move to another. There is nothing certain or fixed about it. It is like reaching the top of mountain of success( money, fame or whatever else) by different routes.

There is essentially nothing wrong with what entrepreneurs seem to be doing. One never gets success never in the way he desires it. The evolution of work consists of steps some of which sometimes seem completely random but are not.Often, to support his most beloved project, an entrepreneur may need to work on something else , for example to gain expertise or to create adequate financial support .

It is not really uncommon that often founders of a venture need to involve themselves in running the project. That means they have to interact with customers, do software coding and tackle other mundane matter. People may find it amusing that entrepreneurs often give incoherent answers to the question about their ventures. It is because till the entrepreneur achieves  reasonable success, he probably would not like to talk about his work.

That takes us to the question ” Is it alright for entrepreneur to be involved in many activities rather than focusing on only one at a time”. I think it is perfectly alright, provided they do not become the distractions themselves.

  1. Entrepreneur needs to keep the focus on big picture
  2. He or she has to realize that success may appear in different form than what he originally thought
  3. He needs to be flexible and open to changes
  4. There are many paths to success and entrepreneur need not discard them in favor of one.
  5. Learning lessons and moving on is important rather than worrying over a failure

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Eva January 10, 2013 at 12:46 am

Thanks for this article. Your point of view is interesting, I am agree about how as an entrepreneur we need to master our ability to be a multi-tasker or also I call it “wear different hats”. However, we also need to make sure to keep our focus on our goals.
Here is an analogy: If a farmer plant seeds and expect to see fruits right a way but nothing happens and then he moves to another land and plant other seeds somewhere else forgetting about the previous ones or not paying the necessary attention to them… What do you think will happen? Well, maybe he will lost the opportunity of getting great fruits from the first one. So my conclusion is how important is to not loss focus and start reacting to the circumstances instead of planning and going towards our goals.

Adrienne June 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I’ve heard this so many times Ashvini that you need to stay focused on just one project at a time. We all know that nothing happens overnight and we all get impatient when things don’t work on our time schedule. I know for me I get very impatient and am not quite sure when I should give up and move on to other things.

I think as long as you’re doing what you love and enjoy then you’re on the right path. But any new venture will take time to get off the ground and start seeing some good results. That I do know for sure.

Thanks for sharing this… Wake up call for many.

~Adrienne

Aswani June 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Great post Ashvini. I have nothing to say against those entrepreneurs who take up multiple projects at a time. This is good finally as it increases the probability of success for them, atleast one project may turn out successful in the end. I also see it as risk taking but this is what entrepreneurship is all about..!

Ashvini Kumar Saxena June 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hi Aswani,

Entrepreneurs often seek multiple ways to achieve goal. They succeed in one of them. The important point is to be flexible and keep all the options open. When a thing start working, focus to make it profitable.

JanB June 10, 2012 at 4:16 am

I believe diving in head first and being able to switch quickly are some of the mental properties one needs being in that position. I my ‘regular’ job I am used to switching between projects I’m working on as quick as they need me to.
There’s no room to slow down and 100% is what my boss expects — and gets from me.

The trouble is getting personnel that can keep up with that attitude without loosing their objectives.

// Jan

Ashvini Kumar Saxena June 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Hi Jan,

That is really great to know. It looks like you have mastered the art of working at multiple projects . A lot of people cannot cope with frequently changing demands as you rightly mentioned it.

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