Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being an Entrepreneur
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 reason 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 - Growth
The almost limitless possibilities for growing my team and the company is one of the things I love most. As an entrepreneur, I’m always just 6 inches from success – the space between my ears! If I control my thoughts and maintain self-discipline, the team responds and the company continues to grow in the double digits as we’ve experienced the last few years.
Thanks to Dean Neuls, AlgaeCal!
#2 - Doing the right thing for my clients
Maybe most people starting their own business think that one of the biggest advantages is being your own boss or controlling your schedule as you want. But for me, the most important thing is to “do it right” for my clients. In other words, I love to challenge the cosmetic industry by creating products which I know are revolutionary and will help everyone be more efficient. I feel that in our field there’s too much redundancy (overlapping benefits) and confusion when it comes to skincare. That’s why I spent my entire life, including my personal one, doing “the right thing”, and created this product that will make people’s skincare routine much easier. By being an entrepreneur I have the chance to create cosmetic products as I believe they should be. It is ‘the love of my life’.
#3 - Freedom to meet, learn and be creative
Starting my own architecture and interior design firm, Spacesmith, has given me the ultimate creative freedom to come up with an idea, envision an outcome, and then figure out how to make it happen. At the same time, owning my own company allows me to bring together incredible people who share common goals. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to not only lead new and valuable creative initiatives, but also to meet, learn from, and mentor numerous talented and passionate architects and designers. There’s no other way I’d be able to form and shape the kind of work environment I find most exciting: one that fosters creativity, ingenuity, and passion.
#4 - Finding the Good in Hidden Opportunities
I love the thrill of finding new hidden opportunities especially when that opportunity can help the environment. I have owned and operated Albany Woodworks, a reclaimed flooring business for over forty years. My wife and I started this business and built our home out of reclaimed wood and building materials in the name of the environment and being eco-friendly. For years it has always bothered me that I could never find a good use for the sawdust waste from the sawmill that produces my flooring. I sold shavings to all the local horse farms but it still didn’t feel like it was using the waste to its full potential. So, I started researching and came across the concept of biomass gasification. I decided that it was my opportunity and duty to bring this amazing technology to the world to help preserve it for future generations. So at 62 years old instead of preparing to retire, I started a green energy business called Waste to Energy Systems. This is the beauty of being an entrepreneur. You can seize an opportunity like literally taking garbage and turning it into a green solution.
#5 - A number of reasons
First and foremost, being an entrepreneur allows me to control my own destiny. I surround myself with positive people who I respect and set my own schedule for work. As someone of no hobbies or sports, I am a workaholic and tend to work around the clock, but I’m always able to make time for my wife and children. Another reason I love being an entrepreneur is the freedom to follow your instincts and pursuing new opportunities in the marketplace. When I started TAGeX Brands, our main focus was trying to popularize baby carrots in American supermarkets. Thirty years later, we are a leading online marketplace of used restaurant equipment. It’s not where I thought we’d be in 2018, but we’ve carved ourselves a comfortable niche in the restaurant industry by giving ourselves the flexibility to change course.