Back in 1803 Jean-Baptiste Say defined an entrepreneur as “an economic agent who unites all means of production- land of one, the labor of another and the capital of yet another and thus produces a product.”
I define an entrepreneur as an agent of change, instigator of the impossible and maker of movements that matter.
What Entrepreneurs do is just incredible. We turn ideas into reality. We believe when no-one else does.
We believe in our dreams and work relentlessly to set them free, while others’ keep theirs caged.
Entrepreneur stems from the French words “entre” and “prendre” together, which means “do”.
If there’s one thing that sets us apart from all those people who talk about getting paid to do what they love and starting a business, it’s doing.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week, I thought we should celebrate the reasons we love entrepreneurship.
Here are 50 reasons to own your own business and how to be an entrepreneur that makes an impact for generations to come.
- Doing work that engages your heart, mind and soul
- Flexibility to change your mind when you want
- Making decisions for yourself
- Taking orders from no-one
- Relying on yourself to make your own success
- Getting up when you want and going to bed when you feel like it
- Learning a new skill and applying it
- Believing in yourself even when you are filled with fear
- Getting through The Dip and realizing it wasn’t that bad
- Receiving a great testimonial from a customer that makes your day
- Meeting other like-minded entrepreneurs who “get” it
- Creating your own agenda and then ditching it
- Getting to use words like “pivot”, “monetize” and sh*t entrepreneurs say
- Making your first $1,000 and celebrating with your friends
- Realizing you’re in charge of your own future
- Choosing to take the day off to relax and recharge
- Standing behind your ideas and making them a reality
- Working with your ideal clients who value what you do
- Doing stuff that your friends and family don’t always understand but still love you for
- Making your first sale and getting your first client
- Screwing up and realizing you’ll still be ok
- Delegating work because you can
- Making your first hire
- Launching your first product
- Writing a newsletter that one person replies and thanks you for
- Building a mobile app that people download daily
- Taking off an afternoon to watch a movie or read a book
- Avoiding rush hour and working when you want to
- Figuring out your why and having everything click into place
- Working on projects that matter and make a difference
- Creating a vision for your business that excites you
- Helping one client to have a breakthrough
- Running out of stock on a product because your customers love it
- Working from home because you can
- Celebrating your first month in business
- Celebrating your first year in business
- Calling yourself an entrepreneur and believing it
- Recognizing the work you do is important and necessary
- Seeing limitless possibilities of how you can grow your business
- Being approached by someone to be their mentor
- Buying the perfect domain name and launching a website you’re proud of
- Inspiring a friend to become an entrepreneur
- Building a global business that transcends borders
- Officially registering your business
- Understanding your strengths and working with them
- Recognizing you’re not a superhero but pretty damn close
- Creating more of your perfect days where life and work are in harmony
- Following your dreams and pursuing them relentlessly
- Committing to building a business you’re proud of
- Doing work that matters no matter what.
Celebrate National Small Business Week (17-21 June)
Visa Business created the following infographic highlighting eye-opening facts about small business owners and examining important small business trends. Check it out!
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Tell me what you love most about being an entrepreneur in the comments below!