Entrepreneurship and small business ownership have an appeal that’s easy to understand. The thought of working from home, making your own hours, and not answering to a boss or supervisor sounds like a dream come true to anyone working at a job that no longer serves them. That’s why I wanted to share my own story and that of a few other entrepreneurs as part of a series I’m putting together on entrepreneurship: an inside look.
I walked away from both a job and a small business when I made the decision to leave it all behind and come online in 2006. I resigned from my job as a classroom teacher at the end of the school year, and gave away all of my real estate clients who would better serve their needs.
But the real “behind the scenes” look at entrepreneurship tells a deeper story from those who live this lifestyle every day.
Reba Collins shares her thoughts on why she loves the entrepreneurial lifestyle, one that includes spending time with her kids and grandkids in her post Family… A Big Reason Why I Love Being an Entrepreneur But That’s Not The Only Reason:
I think about the time I’m able to spend with my kids and grandkids because I have a flexible schedule and no one tells me when I have to be at work.
When I think about being able to spend my days working with my husband, the gratitude swells up in my heart to the point it almost brings me to tears.
And that gratitude continues every day when I think of the opportunity I get to change lives with the products and information I create.
As I get older, I’m grateful that I get to use my brain. Writing, creating products, decision-making, goal-setting, branding, growth, bookkeeping, processes, they all give me ample and endless opportunity to keep my brain fresh.
And, I’m grateful that there are no age restrictions, I won’t be “retired” when I get to be 65.
Then there are the simpler things, for example, I have full control over where I work, what equipment I use, and how my workspace is set-up. That helps me feel good and removes frustration when I work.
I can take a long lunch with a friend and not have to explain to anyone why I was gone for more than an hour.