Getting to Entrepreneurial Freedom – Break Even with a Personal Salary

David Cummings on Startups

Continuing with the previous post titledĀ Entrepreneurs on Annual Revenue Goals, the clear next step is talking about controlling your own destiny. For almost all entrepreneurs, one of the biggest milestones on the startup roller coaster is achieving entrepreneurial freedom: financial break even in the business while also paying a salary that covers personal expenses and obligations. With a self-sustaining business and a self-sustaining personal lifestyle, stress and financial pressures are relieved.

Here are a few thoughts on getting to entrepreneurial freedom:

  • Keep the team lean and focus on customer acquisition (see Simplifying it Down to Selling or Building)
  • Remember to keep the seed round small to minimize dilution and maximize ownership (see Death to the $700k Seed Round)
  • Ignore the desire to raise VC money for idea validation and instead build a great business that can raise money on its own terms (or never raise money)

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