My biggest challenge every day is to be a great mother and a great businesswoman. – Tory Burch
As women, we often think we have to be all things to all people, all at the same time. As a wife, mother, actress and businesswoman, I definitely feel the pressure to perform well in all areas. – Niecy Nash
I think I’m most proud of the fact that I have figured out how to exist as both a creative person and artist, and a businesswoman and manager because those two things do not go together. – Shonda Rhimes
I’m pretty sure I was born an entrepreneur.
As a preschooler, I recall setting up all ten or twenty of my stuffed and instructing them on how to do any number of things I had learned at day school earlier. By age 7, I wanted my own obstetrics practice like The Cosby Show’s Heathcliff Huxtable. At age 13, I began teaching dance class, founded a dance troupe, and then a dance school in a local community center in my hometown of the Bronx. I just knew I wanted to build something from nothing and provide opportunities for the masses.
I may have been born a little crazy, huh?
Aren’t all creatives and entrepreneurs a little off? Well, we do think differently and when others don’t understand the vision they either disregard or try their best to discourage it and you. To see what is available and suggest you can do it better or create something absolutely new takes a certain fearlessness most avoid tapping into. But the entrepreneur woman loves a good challenge and the more people who suggest it can’t be done and command she not even bother, just drive her wild…and directly into the loving arms of her destiny.
I celebrate that crazy, fearless, pioneering visionary!
If you’ve been contemplating launching your own venture, I hope you jump off the ledge. The world is waiting for you!
If you’re a little unsure how to go about, keep reading.
5 Beginner Tips to Take the Leap of Entrepreneurship
- Keep your day job (if you have one). Income is necessary to invest in your new idea so why not let your current paycheck fund your passion?
- Write your idea down and be as detailed as possible. This will empty your mind so you can think more clearly about the direction you want to pursue. Often we have so many ideas we are unable to usher one down the aisle of success because of a lack of focus.
- Once you have all of your visions on paper, create a timeline of when you will accomplish each.
- Don’t delay. Grab your domain name. It’s better to have it and not use it then to lose it to someone just as creative as you.
- Draft a budget of expenses, desired income, and contact our friend and finance expert, Mary Nicole Douglas, owner of MND Accounting to make sense of it all so you can ensure future profitability.