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.
Resume Design and Job Seeking Tips
Here are Design Resumes' latest articles on job search, resume design, resume writing, and Linkedin optimization articles I've written.
Professional Resume Writer
Here are ways I can help you land your dream job.
You may be halfway across the country or the world. When you work with me, we share coffee, laughs, and concerns. This turns the scary job search into creative, consultative writing and learning sessions.