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Being Thankful for Entrepreneurship

Being ThankfulBeing Thankful for Entrepreneurship

As we enter into the holiday season I thought it important to pause and reflect on what I am grateful and thankful for in my life as an entrepreneur. Whether you are a business owner, an entrepreneur, or an employee, see if you resonate with what I am expressing here. And if you do not agree with this summation of business from my perspective, please do not hesitate to contact me so that we may open the conversation about being thankful for discussion.

My online business is now a decade old. Depending on your experience and point of view this might be a relatively short time in comparison to your years as an entrepreneur or small business owner. If you are just starting out, then a decade seems like a fair amount of time. What will never change for me are my daily thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude for being able to choose this lifestyle and make it work.

I am thankful to be living in a country where small business is recognized for the contribution it makes to society as a whole. Without waxing political, just be aware that most countries have a much more stringent set of requirements and barrier to entry for those wishing to start their own business. And we are in one of fewer than thirty countries in the world where online business can supplement a brick and mortar business or stand alone as a business model.

In addition, I am thankful for Internet connections that many take for granted. In the United States we are able to obtain some of the fastest data transfer rates on the planet, enabling our businesses to run faster and with fewer interruptions day in and day out. The speed at which I am able to run a business from my home is faster than that available to many governments around the world.

I am also thankful to the people I have met as a result of becoming an entrepreneur. More than ninety percent of the people I interact with regularly are ones I would not have come to know if I were still a classroom teacher and working pert-time in real estate. They are members of service organizations, networking groups, and charities that exist to serve those less fortunate, both locally and abroad. These people have opened my eyes to a perspective of hope and joy I had only previously imagined, and for that I am truly grateful.

For a period of over thirty years, from when I was a teenager until the age of fifty I was primarily an employee. I did have a real estate business for many years, but that was a service business where I followed the rules and regulations of the industry. I had very little say over the day to day operations and simply did my best work in exchange for additional assignments. It wasn’t until I started my online business in 2006 that I understood what a gift this truly is for people like me who want and need to work from home.

I am thankful for the motivation, inspiration, and work ethic that has become my “new normal”. And these days I find that I have more respect for what I experienced during my years as an employee than I did during those thirty plus years. We are all at liberty to recreate any scenario that worked for us in the past. I used to leave very early each morning to beat the traffic while I was teaching school, and I regularly parked in front of the post office to read and think before driving two more block to the school. Once I arrived in that parking lot I was no longer my own person. Now I read from the comfort of home, or from wherever I happen to be each morning. These daily hours of study and reflection have become a ritual for me and yet another way that being thankful has affected my life.

In short, owning and running a business of any kind is a valuable gift. No matter what type of products or services you are engaged in, you are giving back to the world in a number of ways. What are you being thankful and grateful for in regards to your working life right now?

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Podcast: Alicia Dunams on Entrepreneurship

Alicia DunamsAlicia Dunams has coached thousands of people to write, publish, and market their books through her acclaimed Bestseller in a Weekend program. In this program she teaches entrepreneurs how to become an industry expert, increase their credibility, and create new opportunities for themselves through the power of a bestselling book. And even though she lives in southern California, our paths had never crossed. Always on the lookout for additional entrepreneurs to introduce to my community, I was thrilled when Alicia agreed to join me for this podcast interview. I know you will resonate with her message and be inspired to play bigger in your own business.

Formerly an international fashion model, Alicia traveled the world before settling down and beginning her entrepreneurial journey. It all began in the summer of 2007 after she published her book, Goal Digger: Lessons Learned From the Rich Men I Dated.

During this interview Alicia shares exactly how and why she started down this path and how authorship and information products are an important part of this journey.

I encourage you to listen to this podcast, through the link here or by subscribing to my podcast series on iTunes, and then download Alicia’s free eBook on How to Get Your Book Done Fast so that you may connect further with her in the near future.

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Entrepreneurship Opportunities: Does This Appeal to You?

Entrepreneurship OpportunitiesEntrepreneurship Opportunities

It has long been said that life as an entrepreneur is not the right path for everyone. In fact, the statistics tell us that only about ten percent of the population has a natural proclivity towards this lifestyle. Yes, entrepreneurship opportunities abound and many people are drawn in to the promise of making their own hours, being their own boss, living anywhere they like, and having the possibility to earn more income than ever before. Yet the numbers are on the decline for those seeking the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

In a news article published by CNBC they found that entrepreneurship actually declined this year after four years of upward growth.

Researchers pointed to a drop in “nascent activity,” meaning that fewer people overall entered into entrepreneurship in 2015. The report underscores the idea that a Main Street post-recession recovery is still a work in progress, with sentiment and overall levels of entrepreneurship potentially wavering.

The number of Americans who see opportunities to launch new businesses also fell from a high of 51 percent in 2014 to 47 percent in 2015, meaning the group is motivated but seeing fewer opportunities to start businesses. Sixty-nine percent of those who did launch businesses were motivated by the pursuit of opportunity and independence.

And you should know that more than two hundred thousand people responded to this annual global survey, so the data is solid and reliable.

Within my own business I have found that when people are in jobs that are stimulating and offer opportunities for advancement, they tend to shy away from riskier entrepreneurial opportunities. The security of a steady paycheck and health benefits trumps the pursuit of financial freedom and independence. Age is also a factor, with entrepreneurship peaking between the ages of about thirty-five and forty-four.

Something to note is that most of the people I work with directly have begun their online businesses while still being employed on a full or part-time basis, whereas these studies are taking into consideration people who are no longer in the work force.

Where do you stand on this issue of taking advantage of entrepreneurship opportunities in your life design? Does the thought of working for yourself hold great appeal, or do you prefer to work in a more structured environment on a daily basis?

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