Entrepreneurship has always had a negative connotation to me…and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because when Martin said he was going to invest money and become a business owner he ended up unsuccessfully selling meatloaf and waffles then selling the restaurant to MC Hammer in the same day (🗣RENT EM SPOONS!). I always thought that being an entrepreneur meant you didn’t want to have a “real job” and didn’t really know what you wanted to do. I never knew successful black business owners while growing up in Jackson, MS. So to say I’m becoming an entrepreneur is a huge risk for me. How did I get here?
Being a triple minority is a company diversity dream but a career advancement nightmare in Corporate America. I graduated with my Finance MBA in December of 2015 thinking, “This is it. I’m going to finally have a good job with great income and live happily ever after.” WRONG! I quickly learned that working for someone else means they “own” you. They decide your lifestyle, your availability, your economic status, etc. The majority of your life for the rest of your life is determined by how much someone else values you. I couldn’t accept that. Knowing my self-worth and potential while accepting far less depressed me…until I realized that I (and God) control my life.
Think about what you do for a living and ask yourself could you offer the same service to many companies while working for yourself? The majority of traditional office jobs could be outsourced or freelanced; therefore, you could decide what you want to offer, set your own price and working hours, and answer to no one but yourself. Sounds ideal right? But why isn’t everyone doing it? It takes hard work, PLANNING, discipline, and self-determination. No fancy degree required; just a willingness to learn and be consistent through hardships. Consistency is where I struggle the most.
In this series of #CEODiary , I will post brief articles about what I’ve learned about building a company as I build my own. All I have is a California registered LLC and domain name, but I firmly believe that one day I will have a multimillion dollar business. So let’s learn and grow together so we can all take ownership of our lives.
What topics about building a company would you like to discuss? Comment below.