Is this where you imagined yourself being in your career ten years ago? Is this where you want to be ten years from now?

If this isn’t where you want to be it is time to wake up to today’s reality.

This is a time of uncertainty. You may be worried about job stability and the possibility of a layoff.

Or heaven forbid, you’ve been laid off.

Job loss, or the potential for it , is not a pleasant thought.

Therefore, making it a priority to find ways to become more independent of your 9-5 is the smart thing to do.

I personally recommend working on a side business of your own to fortify your downside and better control your own destiny.

It doesn’t have to be Princess Parties, although I’ve been doing my best to show you that it is has a unique ability to survive and prosper in these confusing and difficult times.

Employers, naturally, want to grow their business, prosper, and keep employees working so they can take care of their families. But, as you’ve seen over the past year and a half, they can’t always do it when conditions overwhelm them, no matter how well meaning they are.

The unexpected happens, and having an additional source of income besides your 9-5 is important. Now is the time to start working on it.

Your dreams are worth it

Change is possible.

It may push you way out of your comfort zone, and even make you cry a little, but go for it anyway.

So as a starting place, please take some time to revisit your dreams of owning your own business, and this time, take them seriously.

As an entrepreneur, a shaky economy can be worked around, and the upside is the luxurious feeling that comes with a sense of accomplishment as a woman entrepreneur.

So let’s take a moment to look a little deeper at what activates your desire to go into business for yourself.

When women are asked what motivates them to become entrepreneurs, there is commonality in the response. It has everything to do with family support and encouragement, and individual empowerment.

What Motivates a Woman Entrepreneur?

Being a woman entrepreneur myself, I have an interest in knowing what motivates others and how I can play a role in helping to show the positive role entrepreneurship can have in women’s lives.

As a business owner you derive a strong sense of purpose which can be hard to come by in a job, working to support someone else’s dream

. It is a primary motivator along with autonomy, and the ability to master whatever it is you are producing.

While few openly mention money as a motivator, I believe that family support is very important for obvious reasons but also to derive a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

If money is taken off the table and women are asked what motivates them to go into business, here are some of the most compelling reasons, not necessarily in order of importance.

  1. Opportunity

The ability to get out from under the constraints put on by others and the freedom to decide what will be done and how it will be accomplished is at the top of the list

  1. Autonomy

Once again, individuality is a prime motivating factor. The fear of going back to corporate and being a number again is frightening to most people in business for themselves.

  1. Freedom

Time freedom and flexibility, especially with working women is a great driver. The ability to make your own decisions, and have the opportunity to chart course for your own life is also important.

  1. Impact

As the owner of a company, every decision or action you take has the potential to mean the difference between success and failure. Employees are rarely placed in a position to make or break a company. The challenge of directly influencing the outcome of a business through your management and decision making skill is a prime motivating factor in going into business.

  1. Family

Being able to spend as much time with family as possible, while at the same time fulfilling professional aspirations is a huge motivating factor.

  1. Legacy

Many women feel that creating something of our own ingenuity and leaving a lasting legacy for our children and the community at large is of great importance.

  1. Accomplishment

In the end, what truly makes people happy is a sense of accomplishment. To the entrepreneur, it means setting goals and working to build a successful company.

I believe in the findings in these surveys because freedom, flexibility, empowerment, independence, and a desire to accomplish something were the ideals that inspired me to take the plunge.

What else was important?

Growing my income, taking care of my family, putting away for retirement, and most of all, the enjoyment of going to work everyday.

Not every business can deliver on the right blend of autonomy, freedom, and family time. It can be complicated to resolve competing desires.

I was fortunate in choosing a business that allows me to enjoy a deep sense of fulfillment, make others happy, and achieve financial independence.

Choose carefully, but choose!  It can be done.

Whatever you do, getting it right is important. If you’re interested in a business like mine, you can do what I did,(out sheer necessity) and search high and low for information, spending months researching, building a network of resources and trying out lots of options…

…or you can plug in with someone who has done it and can guide you to the finish line. Either choice is ok.

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