Continuing on from the blog post before this, which was focused around balancing being a single mom and working full time with two small babies in the house. This blog explains why I chose the path of an entrepreneur.
As the industries are all undergoing massive change and development, many opportunities are presenting themselves for you to become your own boss, to change career paths, and not to work for someone else. Leading to you being in a position whereby you wake up every morning with a purpose to fulfill and to work on a job that excites and inspires you.
Why did I become an Entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurship is in my blood. I just fell into it – I did not plan to be an entrepreneur, it just happened. I love new projects and seeing them come to life! Growing new businesses gives me the opportunity to keep doing what I love, which is to take fresh ideas, product lines, marketing plans, etc and see them come into full action.
How did you overcome people thinking you could not run a business by yourself?
I never gave anyone a chance to think that I could not. While at school I always had part-time work and when I left school I immediately began working as a sales consultant. Being career-driven and independent was in my bones. By my 2nd year, at 19yrs old, I was confident enough to start my first small business selling flowers in restaurants and I never stopped working for myself after that. At 22 years old I opened my first holistic salon and knew my passion was in holistic healing.
How did you get yourself back up when times were hard?
I always put in the extra effort to work longer hours to get things done. I was never too proud to pivot on the trot and was never fearful of change. Therefore if something was not working or the economy was shifting I was okay with letting go, not holding onto plans we had, and quickly adapting.
Most importantly, I was never too proud to do the boring or lower-level things that needed to be done within my business. At times where we could not afford to employ more people, I was happy to wash the factory floor, make tea for everyone, and help out with the sales staff. I always worked together with my employees, being one of them, we were a team and by me doing their jobs during hard times, they were always prepared to go the extra mile and work as hard as me.
Hard work, dedication, effective leadership, being quick to adapt, and not being afraid to implement my new ideas have allowed me to run multiple successful businesses throughout my life.
My eldest daughter has joined me on many business ventures and I am so happy she has the same drive to be her own boss, follow her passions, and become a woman entrepreneur.