Sometimes I don’t like it, this work-from-home business.
- When direct deposits magically appeared in my bank account
- When witty, creative colleagues worked and laughed with me in person
- When I carried a briefcase and wore high heels
I reminisce from time to time because, for the most part, I really enjoyed my various careers!
I wasn’t a victim of downsizing. I wasn’t “let go.” I left my last position so I could be more available to my 16-year-old twin daughters and because I felt called to begin a new life chapter as a home-based, faith-based, service-providing entrepreneur.
But I didn’t know what that meant exactly.
I didn’t realize I’d have to
- Dig down deep to discover my true passion and purpose
- Dig down even deeper to discern a profitable niche
- Become my own CEO, IT geek, and QuickBooks® expert
- Do most of my own PR
- Master my mindset
I remember, even as a mother of toddler twins, wondering what people were talking about when they’d say, “Motherhood. The hardest job you’ll ever love.” I never understood that comment as I’ve been blessed with children who’ve been a breeze to raise. Motherhood for me has been a natural extension of who I am at my core.
Not so entrepreneurship.
In many ways, being a work-from-home entrepreneur goes against all of my inborn tendencies. Now that my daughters and stepchildren are grown, the bulk of my day-to-day, face-to-face interaction is with my three faithful canines, God bless ‘em.
No more team meetings. No more brainstorming over coffee. No more birthday cakes or breakfast bagels or retirement celebrations. No more grabbing a quick lunch with colleagues.
If you have introverted tendencies, you might be thinking, “Sounds good to me.” If you’re an extrovert, however, you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about.
Being a home-based entrepreneur can be lonely!
So how do we manage? Better question. How do we excel?
This is what I’ve learned over the past four years. Whether introverts or extroverts, we must:
- Get crystal clear on our calling/mission/purpose including whom we want to serve and how we want to serve them.
- Decide that we will persevere and succeed.
- Find mentors who will help guide us through the jungle—people we trust who are ahead of us on their own entrepreneurial journey.
- Surround ourselves with a community of upbeat people—a team—who will support and offer us critical feedback.
- Get out from behind our computers and connect socially with others in person.
- Choose or create a system to deliver our goods and services.
- Make sure we fill our minds and hearts with inspiration by reading and listening to our favorite authors, speakers, teachers, and music on a daily basis.
- Get together often with creative, like-minded business owners for support, encouragement, and brainstorming.
- Attend a few “live events” a year to reinforce our learning and ignite or reignite our passion.
- Affirm each and every day that, by being faithful to our calling, we’re blessing the people we’re meant to bless with our unique gifts, strengths, message, and talents.
If I could offer only one key point for each year I’ve been in business, I’d tell emerging entrepreneurs:
1) Know your purpose (for life and business).
2) Work with a coach/mentor whom you trust.
3) Become part of a team.
4) Stay connected to divine guidance for strength and inspiration.
Home-Based Entrepreneurship. The hardest job you’ll ever LOVE!