Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Different business owners also have different reasons why they love their business. It might be the products or the customers they deal with, or it could even be the fact that they are the ones in charge of it all. The reasons are as varied as the businesses themselves.
We asked some entrepreneurs what they loved about “being their own boss.”
#1- Entrepreneurial mindset
I love being an entrepreneur because I thrive on constantly thinking with an entrepreneurial mindset because it consistently leads to innovation. And in today's business environment, that's what's required to stay up-to-date with the competition. Risk is being rewarded, and new ideas and brainstorming sessions are becoming the norm. It's definitely an inspiring time! Being an entrepreneur also provides me with the opportunity to pivot and shake things up when a campaign is falling flat. Stepping outside of your comfort zone to do this can be both scary and exhilarating, but when it pays off, it's one of the best feelings I've ever experienced!
Thanks to Alexandra Zamolo, Beekeeper!
#2- Problem-solving especially under high pressure
The challenge, and pushing myself until I figure out a practical solution to the problem at hand. This has made me discover new elements about myself, and I have learned to listen to and trust my gut instincts more.
Thanks to William Taylor, VelvetJobs!
#3- My business provides candid care for women
I love my profession because Our kindra is a resource for candid care for women in menopause because I believe that all women deserve support when it comes to taking care of ourselves. I know that true confidence comes with embracing change. When women lift up other women, we can face any challenge the world throws at us even menopause.
Thanks to Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, OurKindra!
#4- Fortunate to do what you love
As an entrepreneur, I am in the fortunate position to be able to choose what I want to spend my time working on. I find that my best work is done when I’m excited about a project. I need to be constantly learning and taking on new challenges. I have never looked at my work as a sacrifice of my time. I think it all comes down to your perspective. I devote my time to learning and working because I enjoy it and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.
Thanks to Jason Akatiff, Boundery!
#5- Opportunity to push the boundaries
Being a female entrepreneur in the tech world shows just how innovation works. The industry is well-known for its numerous male entrepreneurs, but establishing myself as a true contender shows just how quickly things can change when it comes to entrepreneurship.
Thanks to Andrea Loubier, Mailbird!
#6- Freedom to grow
In a world where trends are shifting by the minute, one thing I love about being an entrepreneur is the freedom to pursue new business ventures. You never know when a good business opportunity will happen and having the flexibility to quickly shift your resources to a new venture is critical. So I think having the ability and creative freedom to explore new investments and markets is one of the great things about being an entrepreneur.
Thanks to Sharon Van Donkelaar, Expandi!
#7- Able to create new ideas
I also like how businesses are disrupted and make ways to create new and innovative jobs. However, at the end of the day, seeing the happiness of my clients and team is the most satisfying thing about running your own business.
Thanks to Jason Wong, DoeLashes!
#8- Adding the positive experience
The reason why I became an entrepreneur is that I have a goal, and that is adding the positive experience of social responsibility to the simple e-comm purchase of a household staple: toilet paper. The approach is simple: each roll of Reel that is purchased helps fund access to clean toilets for those in need.
Thanks to Derin Oyekan, Reel Paper!
#9- Part of the impact that social media was having all around me
I was going to school to be a Dentist and my friend introduced and showed me how to capitalize on having a lot of followers. I then got do involved with the way businesses work and became very interested on why they fail or succeed. I wanted to help small businesses have as much success as I have and that is why I became an entrepreneur.
Thanks to Daniel Snow
#10- Able to earn a living doing my life’s goal
Helping others discover their authentic selves and empower them to pursue their unique passions. I am able to work towards this goal each day in the way I know best, seeking out advice when I need it. As a former teacher who had her daily instruction dictated by people far removed from my classroom, I was often frustrated by the disconnect and lack of true understanding from those “above” me. Now as a leader of my own staff, I aim to provide invaluable support and opportunities to supplement my instructors’ natural talents. They, in turn, are able to bring out the best in their students. The ripple effects of this are endless – and I am proud to be a part of the change our world so desperately needs.
Thanks to Lindsey Wander, WorldWise Tutoring LLC!
#11- Improve the lives of the animals we share our world with
I started VETCBD to integrate cannabinoid therapeutics into veterinary medicine. Speaking with pet owners and hearing about the life-changing benefits cannabis has brought to their pets continues to fortify my resolve in carving paths towards a brighter future.
Thanks to Dr. Tim Shu, ET CBD Hemp!
#12- Total control over your own destiny
Ultimately, you can't blame anyone for failure but yourself, but the upside is that when you're successful, the sensation of having achieved a difficult goal is beyond words. Entrepreneurship is also a way to be creative in a field (business) where so many get bogged down by the minutia of day-to-day operations rather than having the luxury of looking at the big picture – as in how people will use your products, or how the services you provide will impact your community.
Thanks to Kevin Miller, The Word Counter!
#13- Explore more about music
When I started my guitar shop business, I realized that I need to expand my business ideas to gain more profits. This is where I started including other instruments into my collection at the shop. Somehow, this action leads me to ignite my love for music even more and it is nice that the answer to my business dilemma is the expansion of my passion.
Thanks to James Bullard, SoundFro!
#14- Painstakingly enduring the process of shaping my future according to how I want it to be
It takes courage, determination and openness to change to make this happen plus a lot of grit! Being independent and creating a path that I want is what makes entrepreneurship exciting and challenging at the same time.
Thanks to Michael Hammelburger, Cost Reduction Consultants!
#15- Provide good jobs to sustain people and their families
It's also one of the reasons I strive harder in my career, knowing that when the company grows, so will they. In turn, people also work better at their jobs when they know that a company takes care of them. It becomes a symbiotic relationship that will allow both parties to go further.
Thanks to Stewart Dunlop, LinkBuilder.io!
#16- Being able to provide service to the people
I have always been the type of person who wants to help others and by being an entrepreneur, I get to do what I actually love while making a living at the same time.
Thanks to Lewis Keegan, SkillScouter!
#17- Inspire others to work hard and through our success stories
I dreamt of being an innovator at a very young age and climbing my way up the ladder of success, I became attuned with my own being – who I really wanted to become and what I really want to do. My aspirations led me to help entrepreneurs like me and those who aspire to be one. Thus, I started my business with the passion to help others become the best versions of themselves by being efficient innovators, passionate business owners, and risk-takers.
Thanks to Jace Beeny
#18- The fact that as business is developing, you develop as well
As an entrepreneur what I love most is I can run my own entity all by myself. Everyone likes decisions of their own – when and how they are taken. This is what I love the most about being a business owner and running my own village. I like appointing an efficient team that leaves no stone unturned to reach the business on heights. There are times when I learn from my team and the way we communicate. Knowing your own business and running it helps you in developing each day. And I really like the fact that with my business developing, I am developing as well.
Thanks to Jitesh Keswani, e-Intelligence!
#19- Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is being built into a lot of marketing now, and I find that exciting. There’s now a lot of deployment of AI in digital marketing to help automate some of those processes. It’s exciting but also a little scary in terms of how it may play out over time. Google has so much information about us that how they market to us when you really start to look at it, is extremely scary. Same with Facebook. Technology is always exciting, but it’s also a little concerning.
Thanks to Brack Nelson, Incrementors Web Solution!
#20- No need to ask for permission
As an entrepreneur, your ideas are yours to implement whenever and however you want. I do not have to jump through hoops, wait until the budget is available, or seek approval from a higher-up to bring my ideas to life. This is both daunting and freeing but the benefits of being solely responsible for whether my ideas see the day of light outweigh any imaginable downsides. Too many people go through life waiting to be granted permission by this person or the other. When we are not given this approval, we end up feeling undervalued and resentful and we may no do anything with these brilliant ideas unless we take action and pursue the entrepreneurial path.
Thanks to Paul French, Intrinsic Search!
#21- Relationships are Key
It allows freedom for creativity and the ability to control your own destiny. The best part of owning your own company is being able to choose. You can choose what you do for business, how you do that business and, most importantly, who you do business with! Success and longevity in any venture begins and ends with people, starting from the top. At Center Sphere, we are all about relationships. Relationships are not transactional like most people view the business. Although, like a business, you need to invest in and cultivate those relationships. If done correctly, you will always have the support you need as people ultimately do business with those they know and trust.
Thanks to Brett Boyer, Center Sphere!
#22- Embracing My Failures
When I hear failure knocking at my door, I quickly open up and let it in. The entrepreneur lifestyle will not fit you well until you learn failure is a part of the process. Think of it this way. Everything that you have truly earned in life probably came through the door or doors of failure. You failed and failed time and time again but you decided to keep fighting. You decided to keep practicing. You looked failure in the eyes and said, “I may be down, but I'm not defeated”.
Thanks to CJ Beatty
I love being an entrepreneur for a few reasons, and the key reasons are freedom and flexibility. I am running a multimillion-dollar business, and hundreds of employees are working for my company. I feel grateful that I can pursue my business without compromising for a 9-5 typical office job that I don’t like half the time. As an entrepreneur, I feel I have control over my life, and I can do whatever I want, and I love this lifestyle. This way, I have a choice to do the things that I’m passionate about doing.
Thanks to Shawn Lockery, InVivo Biosystems!
#24- Three ways
I enjoy being able to take steps, discuss solutions, and inspire members of the team to do the same. When my job helps me to transform those thoughts into things that will make a difference for the organization, our clients, and our staff, it is particularly satisfying.
Thanks to Matt Bowman, Rize Reviews!
#25- Being able to use my expertise to help others
Help others achieve their goals in the same field of industry. I’ve learned a lot and this is my own way of paying it forward. The money I make on top of it is just a bonus, but I am more than satisfied to be able to make a living out of mentoring younger, lesser-experienced individuals improve on their chosen professions.
Thanks to Ben Walker, Transcription Outsourcing!
#26- Work with the people I like
I love many things about being an entrepreneur, but I love it most of all because it gives me the freedom to follow my passions and choose who I do business with. It’s such a liberating and rewarding feeling when you can be selective about the clients you choose to work with. Besides, I am involved in every hiring decision, so I surround myself with talented people who share my vision and values, which is key to happy working relationships. I can work with amazing people, build a team, and create a company culture in line with my values.
Thanks to Mian Muneer ud din, Beaufort Associates!
I love most the diversity that entrepreneurship brings. No two days are the same. I never know if I will be wearing my marketing hat, my finance hat, my product development hat, or my lawyer hat. Every day is different and requires me to think about the business in different ways. Just when I think I've got a handle on one area, opportunities to improve arise in other areas. There's always something interesting to think about, and with that comes excitement. I love that every day is a strategic and a learning opportunity.
Thanks to Deborah Sweeney, MyCorporation!