Entrepreneurs are popping up everywhere. I love when a women tells me that she is going to start her own business. I believe it is one of the best things a women can do for herself, her family and her finances. When you become an entrepreneur it can be so freeing. You are now in control of your time, your energy and your pocketbook. You are able to schedule your work around your family’s schedule and you have the ability to write-off many expenses.
What we sometimes overlook is the personality we all need in order to survive as an entrepreneur. This personality or what we like to call it in my world is an archetype, needs to be strong, determined and trusting. Let me give you an overview of what a successful entrepreneur’s archetypes may look like. Now this doesn’t mean that all entrepreneurs will be exactly like this character but the successful ones, the ones that survive the UP’s and DOWN’s, will probably have many of these characteristics. I know myself I have evolved so much as an entrepreneur. When I began 12 years ago, I said yes to everything. I agreed to see people every night of the week and on Saturday’s as well. I took one day off, Sunday. I let people go over the hour that we had scheduled and I really just had no boundaries. Luckily I grew and started to set better boundaries for myself and my biggest turning point was when I began to have faith that if I said no, that there would still be another client or another time that people could see me. I did not need to be so accommodating.
So let me begin with some great traits that many entrepreneurs have or will grow to acquire.
Most successful entrepreneurs are driven, disciplined, goal oriented, confident, discerning, optimistic, adventurous, detached, open to flow, trusting, and financially balanced. They probably have many more characteristics, but these are just a few of the top ones. If one is not disciplined they may find being self-employed difficult, especially if they are working from home. If a person finds it difficult to trust and know that it will work out during the lean times, they may find entrepreneurship difficult. If someone does not set themselves up financially before they begin their new business it can be a very difficult task to go from a pay cheque, to a few weeks or months without an income, as you get things rolling.
Being an entrepreneur can be the best experience or the worst, what you need to do before you begin is truly know yourself. When I work with people and complete the core process, a four week program, the client becomes aware of themselves and their archetypes as it relates to money. What many people do not realize is that most of their current habits and behaviors were created before they were 13 years old. Once they realize where and how these conscious or unconscious habits formed they can begin to change them. Many habits can be formed just by trying to avoid being like a parent that they vowed never to be like. If you had a parent that was frugal and very conscious of how they spent money, and you as a child thought they were cheap and not very generous. You may unconsciously be overly generous, giving too much and spending too much to your detriment.
It is very interesting the way the mind works and that is why I encourage women before they set out on the entrepreneurial path, to take a step back, be clear on who they truly are and who they want to become. One thing that we are all capable of is change. Sometimes we just need a partner to help us. Are you ready to begin your business? Let’s make purposeful business decisions together.