With the economy in shambles, talk of self-employment is on the rise. Americans are beginning to realize that dedication and loyalty to someone else’s business is no guarantee of security, and working for themselves is sounding better and better. However, many people harbor significant misperceptions about what entrepreneurship really means. The myths and realities of entrepreneurship should be well understood by anyone thinking about going out on their own.
What exactly does Christian Entrepreneurship look like? Well, it is obviously an entrepreneur – someone who owns a business – but it’s more than that. It is someone who runs their business based on the principles found in the Bible. Principles of honesty and acting ethically need to be apparent. The business owner takes the high road when dealing with customers and employees. They are striving to bring glory to God by the way they run their business.
Have a “what I want to be when I grow up” party with your child and their friends; where everyone comes to the party as what they want to be when the grow up. Children play the role and parents encourage by catering to the children’s needs. You can give prizes to the kids for acting their parts and encourage the role-playing. This will help them see themselves now as they could potentially become in the future, bringing the feelings of success of what it would feel like. By the parents catering to the “grown-ups” needs, the kids get the idea of what respectful/professional treatment would seem like when they actually reach their goals.
A category that is full of tradition and professional stigma, and thus ripe to highlight that we all have choices. There are hundreds of Single mom jobs for stay at home Moms, but you would never know that unless you were motivated to seek out this information. A short list would include virtual assistant, corporate party planner, bookkeeper, picture framer, or computer repair technician.
Are you the kind of person who relishes the role of entrepreneur? Do you love the thrill of victory? Can you handle the agony of defeat? And in either case: Will you try again?
You don’t need to spend hours creating a formal business plan, but it’s important you have an idea of where you want your business to go before you start. Sit down and work out what products you want to promote and how you’ll market your website to attract new visitors. This will give you a guide as to what things you need to work on.
The next morning, I took a leap of faith and mailed out a $250 check as a down payment to begin work on a website. I didn’t have a business name; neither did I have mission statement. But with $250 invested in a website, my mind suddenly became productive. And within a week I had come up with two different business names, a mission statement and a one page biography. An act that led to the creation of Ofili Speaks Inc and a business. A business that has seen me travel all over America and potentially author a book. Accomplishments that were never captured on the pages of a business plans.
So do you think you have these values in order to be an entrepreneur? Once you decide that you are and start your own business, never be scared to try and experiment on new things. You’ll never know what’s in store for you in the buzzing and busy world of entrepreneurship!