Each and every day, the inspiring self-employed folks in our QuickBooks Community remind us that entrepreneurs find their calling in their own unique way. Some can’t imagine ditching the security of a day job, while others give it up in a flash. We’ve met moms who tailor their career to fit their family life, friends who join forces to bring a business idea to life and sons and daughters who are carrying on family business traditions.
If you recognize your own entrepreneurial personality among these eight, let us know. Are you a different type altogether? Tell us more!
The Opportunity Grabber
You see a niche -- or a gaping hole -- in the market, and you know you’re the one to fill it. You think outside the box and imagine new ways of doing things to appeal to today’s 21st-century customer. You’re outgoing, enthusiastic and you know how to get others excited about your ideas.
You learned a particular set of skills at a workplace or in school, and you always knew you’d be happier working on your own, in your own way. You are your own best boss and prefer answering to no one else. You enjoy the flexibility of working for yourself, even if it sometimes gets lonely. Connecting with other entrepreneurs is a great way to refresh!
You grew up in a family of entrepreneurs who taught you everything you know about running a business. You’re keeping the family company going while also bringing in fresh ideas and resources. With years of experience and an innate knowledge of a particular market, your valuable insights make you a natural mentor for the next generation of business owners.
You have your own artistic vision and know how to execute what’s in your imagination. Whether you’re making pottery, music or candles, you find deep fulfillment in your creative work. Sometimes making the leap from creating to earning is a struggle, but you’re used to thinking outside the box, so you always make it work.
You were minding your own business, enjoying a hobby or honing a skill when people started telling you, “You should do this for a living!” Before you knew it, you quit your day job, and your side-hustle turned into a full-blown business. Now you’re fully entrenched in an operation of your own making. Maybe you took a crash course in marketing and business accounting to ‘keep your company on track. Now that you’re over the shock of becoming a sudden entrepreneur, you found it suits you to a T!
You were working for The Man for years when you began to suspect it wasn’t your true path to happiness. You wanted something more. You did some soul-searching, talked to some trusted advisors and decided to make a fresh start with your very own business. Now, with a successful company and regular clients, you ask yourself, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
Like a lot of new parents, you took some time off work to spend with your family and realized you wanted job flexibility all the time. Since having kids changed your entire daily schedule, you created a gig that worked for your family and for you. Maybe you’re a freelancer, putting in hours when you you can, or perhaps you opened a kid-friendly biz that lets you keep kid-friendly hours. However you achieved the work-life balance, you love it -- and, despite all the hard work, you know it makes you a happier person all around.
The pair (or more) of you came up with a plan, and then you (and you and you …) made it happen! You’re each other’s biggest fans, and you and your teammate have unique skills to balance the partnership and help your business thrive. Together you weather business ups and downs, shoulder the burdens and bask in the victories. In short, you can’t imagine building and growing a business with anyone else!
You’re in good company: Meet the women of TINSEL Experiential Design and Lucy & Nadia of Luna Stationery
QB Community members, do you recognize yourself in any of these personality types? Tell us in the comments!
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I've worked in print, broadcast and digital media for 20 years and managed to start a couple small businesses along the way. I love collaborating with and supporting creative folks who have great ideas. As Content Creator for the QB Community team, I’m excited to help other small-business owners be the best they can be!