I am an entrepreneur, now what?

So, you’ve decided you have an entrepreneurial spirit or want to be an entrepreneur, now what? 

Sound like a weird question? It isn’t as weird as you may think. There are different variations of this question.

I want to do more, but what?
How can I do this on my own?
I want to feel fulfilled, but I’m not sure where to start.

So often, women see entrepreneurship as something it is not – a concrete business idea that must be successful in its own right. This stereotype couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many entrepreneurs start and sink with one idea after another until the best one sticks. For this reason, most women do not explore entrepreneurialism because they lack talent, but because they fear failure. 

In order to get past that fear, we have to look at that awful word differently. Instead of seeing failure, we should see “fork in the road”. Or perhaps, “change of perspective”. When we force our brain to look at the failure differently, we can see it actually means freedom. Freedom to experiment. Freedom to choose.

Planning is the best way to put a stake into the fear of failure. Planning is the advocate of freedom. I’m not talking about making a business plan for your best idea. I’m talking about figuring out what you want to do and then planning your life so you can get it done.

The first step of the plan is to determine what you want to get out of your business venture.

Are you looking for a second income?

This is the question that determines if you are an employee or an entrepreneur. If your answer to this question is to open the newspaper and peruse the local job ads, then you’re probably an employee. But, if that question made you think of all the businesses you could buy into then you’ve greased the entrepreneurial spirit.

There is a plethora of company’s that you can buy into in order to get that second income. Google is the best place to start – type in “Your Interest + Work From Home” you will get a well-defined list of options. Take one of those options and research it. There you have your start to working a second income.

Are you quitting your job to stay at home with your children?

If your answer is yes, then your search for that entrepreneurial spirit may be a bit harder to find. But, it is not impossible.

First, think about what time you are available. Only at night? Only on the weekends? Early mornings better than evenings? Whatever time frame you come up with do the same exploration as above. Don’t keep yourself in a box. Look for the niche that others are not serving.

Do you want to change the world?

Too often, we think of entrepreneurship as starting your own business for profit. Look around. Those non-profit businesses that are working for others were typically started by entrepreneurs – social entrepreneurs.

Where can your skills fix a problem? Look at what is currently available in your area. Start a co-op or a non-profit that can fill the void you see.

Do you want to contribute something to society?

Maybe your not ready to step out on your own with co-op or non-profit. How about volunteering your time and energy to help others in need? This is a great way to determine what you want to do and how to go about it. Learn from those already doing the work.

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