Founders often justify burning the midnight oil, as this is their time to create something meaningful and sleep is something that can come later in life – after these valuable years of innovation are behind them. But this thought process isn’t necessarily beneficial to the company, as lack of sleep can cause people not to think (or function) properly. I should know.
I started OrigAudio, a portable audio products company, with co-founder Mike Szymczak while working a 9-to-5 job as a marketing coordinator for JanSport. As soon as the “workday” was over, I began plugging away on OrigAudio until about 4 in the morning, only to wake up at 7 to get ready for work.
I often caught myself emailing the wrong people, ordering too much inventory and passing out while working on the couch more frequently than sleeping in my bed. This continued for nearly a year before I was able to put the “safe job” behind me to focus on OrigAudio around the clock.
During my journey, I’ve learned several lessons to help battle through the long hours and endless days that are part of the life of an entrepreneur.