Each person who has ever had a business has their own reasons for starting a business. Some people are really proactive and some people are accidental entrepreneurs.
The first time I mentioned out loud that I wanted to have my own business was on a day off in the summer. I was a camp cook and my fellow camp cook and I were driving into town. We were working in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota and we were on our way to do our laundry. And I had said, “When I grow up, I want to have my own clothing business. I want to design outdoor clothing for women.” I wanted to be a different version of Patagonia.
I'd been making money on my own since I was 12. I was a babysitter for multiple families in my neighborhood. That's how I paid for everything I ever wanted. And it took a long time because I made $2 and 50 cents an hour. So you do the math, but I did it, I learned how to make $1 value $1 and I saved my money and I would spend it very, very wisely. But then you know, you go to college, get a job. And then you're like, is this the job that I'm gonna have for the rest of my life?
And in the evenings and on the weekends I was always trying to figure out what I could do that I loved doing. I had a number of ideas of ways to make money. I made handmade cards. At one point, I was creating a directory of advertising agencies. And one year I took a nine week leave of absence to study bra-making near Toronto, Canada, and I had my own mini custom lingerie business for awhile. I made money making bras for women who had a hard time finding bras that fit them. And I decided that was not for me either. Even though I was Got at it. I liked aspects of it. It just didn't really speak to me. Eventually I discovered coaching when I did some really big, deep dive personal work into that seemingly elusive question, “What is it that I'm good at? What is the thing that I love doing?”
When I realized that my strengths, everything that I had already been doing, was the thing that I should consider building my business around, then everything changed. I love inspiring and motivating people and I love helping them realize what it is they are really good at. And I'm really good at doing that. And so I said, “Okay, well, that’s the business I'm going to start.”
I invested in coach training and went all in with starting my own coaching business. Now there are some aspects of business building that I absolutely do not like and I’m absolutely terrible at, but I’ve found ways to compensate for that by getting into a mastermind group, finding friends and accountability partners.
Starting a business is hard work. It’s not for the faint of heart. There are so many times where I'm like, “Why am I doing this? This is the stupidest thing I ever could have come up with. This is not going to be a success.” But when you're starting something new, you have no idea what you're doing, especially if it's new. But other people have started businesses, other people have started coaching businesses, they make money, so why can't I make money? I'm sure the same is for you. Whatever you are choosing to do for your business. There’s a reason why you chose that field or that industry. There's a reason why you’re excited about the subject matter that you’re excited about.
I encourage you to take the time to understand why you’re excited about it. Like you got into business, you want to have your own business, for some outside reason, like making more money, more freedom, or the ability to travel whenever you want. There’s also a reason why the subject matter that you’re interested in, interests you.
So take the time to understand what you’re really, really good at and then hire a team to complement what your skills are. That’s really important.
I started my business, the current one that I’m in because I love coaching people.
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