My entrepreneurial mindset has always been there. I would guess that I have always had a bit of the entrepreneur in me. Dictionary.com defines entrepreneur as: “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.”
Even as a child, I had that entrepreneurial mindset.
I remember setting up a store on my front porch selling creepy crawlers. I manufactured them and sometimes provided custom orders. It wasn’t a particularly lucrative business and didn’t last very long. I probably wasn’t reinvesting in the business buying more of the liquid rubber. But it does represent one of the earliest times I remember creating a business and selling a product.
Get a normal job
When I went off to college, I thought I had to get a normal job and my major was Sociology – PreLaw. I assumed I would be a Criminal Attorney. When I had about 89 credits, I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do. I left college to check out the savings and loan business for three years.
By then I married to Bill, we took a position in property management. But even then, I tried to figure out how to make additional money doing something that was mine. I launched what later became Design Resumes in 1983 after I learned how to generate business by writing or typing resumes and other documents.
Living the life of an Entrepreneur
We transferred to a new property in Naperville in 1986 and then later lost the job in 1987. I relaunched Design Resumes and became an entrepreneur as my sole source of income. I augmented resume writing with non-profit contracts during administrative and event management for a long time. Initially, it helped with additional income but looking back, I waited too long to quit the contracts and go solo.
In December 2009, I left Wausau Whitewater to focus only on Design Resumes. It takes a lot of courage to live the life of an entrepreneur in the true form. I can’t predict my income at any point and that makes many people a bit crazy.
Since December 2009, though life has been unpredictable but it has also been incredibly fun. As the master of my own world, at a time when social media and content marketing have become part of every day life for some of us. I find it much easier to reach clients I want to work with using this blog and the social media channels. In some ways, I think there are options as an entrepreneur that were never available before in history.