I am an entrepreneur.
If you are reading this, it is likely you are one too. Or at least on your way to becoming an entrepreneur.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have been self employed for a very long time. I don’t have one boss…I have thousands (my clients).
As long as I am willing to get my work done – no matter what, I have been able to go to my children’s functions, take off for doctor appointments, or represent my family at day long events. I can take a vacation…but usually get very antsy after 3 days…because of my responsibility to my business. Finally, that is changing. My business is set up so I can work any place and I am getting to the point where my business can run without me. It takes a special set of business plans to be able to do that.
Tomorrow, when I wake up, I am going to ask myself “what I want to do today”…and the answer is going to be “whatever needs to be done” and “whatever I want”! As long as I haven’t been procrastinating, I can do anything. I love what I do.
An entrepreneur is a person who begins and manages his/her own business. She may work alone or hire employees. An entrepreneur often does things differently because they feel that they have a better way to do business. I believe that entrepreneurs lead by example and make a tremendous positive influence in the business world.
I would prefer to do business with an entrepreneur. Why? Because entrepreneurs care. They know that the future of their business lies in the hands of a happy customer. They want things to be right for their customer because they take ownership of the outcome.
The main characteristic that will help sustain a business owner through all the crisis and decisions that must be made while owning a business is “drive”. Willingness to work very hard. Entrepreneurs commonly put in 12+ hour days.
You may hear about the business owners who put in 3 hour days…but, they either were very lucky…or put in all the blood sweat and tears before and now are living off their old work. You have to be a hard worker to see results in entrepreneurship. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You will be broke and disappointed.
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” –Steve Jobs, Co-Founder and CEO, Apple
I often get up at 3 a.m. and work straight through until almost bedtime. That is when I am in my creation stage. I have been in my creation stage now for a couple years. If you have been around me much, you can see…I am blooming with ideas and working like crazy to bring them to life.
Entrepreneurs wear many hats. We are the jack of all trades. We need to learn a lot about everything…and know enough to ask …or seek the answers if we do not know. Business owners seek out advice from books, consultants, their “tribe” – from any source that will help them to do a better job.
Successful owners of health coaching practices have some common characteristics. We have health coaching knowledge gained through education and work experience. It is really hard to offer health coaching without knowing how to perform the services properly. It is almost impossible to run a business without some basic knowledge and experience. If you are lucky, you have worked for someone else, either as a health coach or in some other business situation. Internships can save you a lot of mistakes.
Entrepreneurs are self motivated. Self motivated people do not wait for their boss to assign them work. Health coaches who need to be prodded into working will find it difficult to put in the time and effort necessary to operate their business.
Being the boss is fun. It is also a daily gamble and a lot of really hard work. Those who may be considering owning their own business have already met the first prerequisite and that is the dream.
Next, they must get the skills and background in health coaching and business that will make it easier for them to achieve their dream.
There are many questions you will want to ask yourself:
- Why do you want to own your own business?
- What will you change in your life to find the time to run your business?
- Do your present skills and abilities prepare you to run your own business?
- Do you have available finances to commit to running your own business?
- Are you able to survive financially without a regular paycheck? It takes time to grow a business.
- Do you have existing clients to work with in your business?
- Are you internally or externally motivated?
- How do you manage priorities?
- Do you work well alone?
- Have you had a frank discussion with your family about what your new business may entail?
Are you deciding if you should be an entrepreneur? The first step is a list of pros and cons. Do yourself a favor and create a list of pros and cons now.
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” –Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company Founder
There are lots of great things about being an entrepreneur…there are even more cons. You have to really want it and you must be willing to work like crazy…and love it!
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