As you could imagine, my rookie experience into entrepreneurship wasn't all roses. I dealt with all the typical problems you could imagine. Sales were hard. Going door to door asking for jobs in the -20 degree Canadian winter was absolutely brutal.
I would hire other college kids, who would out of nowhere quit. Then I had to scramble and rehire so I didn't have to do an entire weeks worth of jobs all by myself.
I didn't know how to deal with clients. Hell, I didn't even know how to manage my own employees. At the end of my first summer, all my employees hated me. They even unfriended me on Facebook after the season ended, I was that bad.
But this experience changed me forever.
It wasn't just the $70,000 I made to pay off tuition.
I now knew what it meant to grind and work my ass off to get clients.
I learned what NOT to do when managing a team.
I learnt the importance of creating amazing experiences for the client so that they'd tell their neighbours about me.
And most importantly, I realized that even though I wasn't a natural born entrepreneur, I liked it, and I wanted to get good at it.