When I first began designing my coaching business I had trouble defining who my ideal client was. I felt most called and qualified to work with women entrepreneurs after running my own successful businesses and completing my M.B.A. However, I also felt that there were already a tremendous amount of coaches focused on entrepreneurs and I wondered about the women in corporate America that needed assistance. I toyed with this idea for awhile, and spent time considering how I could help and support women that didn’t want to (or were unwilling to) leave their corporate careers. After much soul-searching I realized that I was meant to help women entrepreneurs because I really believe there is a tremendous case to be made for entrepreneurship.
Now I know this will ruffle some feathers, and that most would claim that certain people aren’t cut out to be entrepreneurs. They’d talk about scarcity and how everyone couldn’t possibly start (or run) their own business. However, I would disagree. I believe our corporate world no longer supports fulfillment, work-life balance, or freedom. It’s clear that the only way to guarantee these things is to create them for yourself by building your own business. If you truly consider it, I bet you would be very hard-pressed to think of anyone you know that totally loves, is fulfilled by, and has freedom in his or her job (unless they work for themselves).
That is why I believe there is a case to be made for entrepreneurship. So that you can find the freedom you seek, the fulfillment your heart desires, and the happiness that you crave. That is why I chose to coach entrepreneurs. Because I no longer think there is room in corporate America for fulfilled, happy, and spiritual businesswomen. I know that our place lies in creating and cultivating our own businesses that bring us joy beyond measure and allow us to create not only a business we love but a life we love as well.
If you’re afraid to take the jump and leave the safety of the 9-5 behind I’d remind you that case for staying is based totally on fear, and the case for entrepreneurship is based on freedom, fulfillment, and happiness. Not only does running your own business offer you all of those things, but it also offers you limitless income and limitless success, neither of which is an option in a corporate career. Don’t get me wrong though, entrepreneurship doesn’t come without its struggles and issues. They are just so much more worthwhile. As Farrah Gray so eloquently puts it, “Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
What are your thoughts? What was your reason for becoming an entrepreneur? I’d love to hear them. Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.