Do you go to bed on Sunday evening and dread waking up to go to work on Monday morning? Do you toss and turn at night worried about projects you’ve been assigned and haven’t had time to complete? Do you miss your children’s activities because of your job? Would you love to be your own boss? A few years ago, I could have answered each one of these questions with a resounding, “YES!” When I lost my job seven years ago, I was devastated. I couldn’t imagine what I was going to do! Within 2 weeks, my husband and I started talking about starting a business. My life became exciting again. Aside from the stress of building a business, I could relax again. I could breathe again. I felt like a brick had been lifted off of my shoulders.
“In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience.” Harold S. Geneen
Have you ever wondered about being an entrepreneur? Aside from being a lot of hard work and dedication, owning your own business has many benefits. Once you dedicate yourself to building your business and staying focused on your goals, you will realize that there really are a lot of benefits to owning your own business.
A Flexible Schedule
I cannot even begin to count the number of events I missed in my son’s lives because of work. I would have the best of intentions to be at their after school ball games and wrestling matches but often would not be able to leave work on time. My oldest son wrestled 189 and I was always grateful that they started with the lighter weights. Many times I would run into the match as he was being introduced. The stress of trying to make it on time and missing so much was devastating.
It didn’t take long to realize that if I didn’t work, I made no money. No one knocks on my door and hands me orders. I have to constantly be out meeting new people, calling on current clients and planning new ways to grow my business.
Meeting New People
I have met so many incredible business owners in the last seven years! My social circle has grown. I have learned to love going out, attending events and having the opportunity to meet like-minded business owners. Not only have I grown as a person, I have learned to become comfortable walking into a room not knowing anyone and meeting new contacts and potential clients. I have also met so many wonderful business owners with whom I can share business referrals.
Being a business owner has allowed me to give time to giving back to others. While in the medical field, my schedule wasn’t flexible enough to be able to volunteer to feed the less fortunate and give of myself to those in need. I have been able to become active in a non-profit in Indianapolis and even join their board of directors. Giving time to this organization wasn’t possible when I was an employee.
When asked to give three adjectives that describe myself, I often use the word, “happy.” I can honestly say that I love what I do. I know that when I go to bed at night, I have done everything in my power to work hard, be a woman of my word, and to meet the needs of my clients. I also feel that because of my growing self-confidence, my friendships are better and my marriage is stronger.
Are you still wondering if becoming an entrepreneur is worth the hard work and dedication? Consider this thought by Colin Powell. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
Have a blessed week!
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