Is Entrepreneurship for you? (Checklist inside!)

Have you dreamed of becoming your own boss? Are you tired of the 9 to 5 drill? Do you have an idea that you want to bring to reality or share with the world?

Ever since I was 16 years old, I’ve had that burning drive to work hard, to pursue my dreams, and to make a difference. I have approached every job I’ve had with this sense of purpose and sense of excitement. Even scooping ice cream at Maggie Moos gave me a feeling of empowerment and purpose. I mean, really – I was making people’s day with that scoop and that smile! Someone had to do the job (wink).

I didn’t have my own company until I was 26 years old. And while I never had any formal stake in the companies for which I worked, I always had a sense of ownership over my work.  But I often struggled to stay “in the box” (in my specific role, that is) because my mind raced to the big picture and started to strategize ways in which we could better achieve our goals and realize our vision. I wanted to tap into that feeling within me that couldn’t hold me back, that yearned to put all the pieces together, and that wanted to have an impact on every facet of a business.  

Do you ever feel that way? Like you’re stuck in a box, a role which traps or squashes your creativity, talent, and ideas? Or that your personality just isn’t suited to having a singular place within a company? Or that you can no longer deny yourself the chance to turn your passion into your day job?  

So many of us grow up dreaming. We envision a life of creating something, having financial freedom, and directing our own time. We’re self-starters and we pursue our passions. We idealize this life in our minds and envision how good things would be if only we were the creators, calling the shots, setting the stage. If only.

The reality of being an entrepreneur isn’t all cake and ice cream though. It’s hard work! It can be stressful, it takes way more time than 9 to 5, the responsibility lands on our own shoulders, and no one is patting us on the back along the way (or massaging our ego)! Whether you’re just starting out, about to launch a new product, or are navigating a major growth spurt, each stage comes with its incredible joys and challenging hardships.

In your business, the buck – and the burden – stops with you.

I don’t say these things to scare anyone out of pursuing their dreams. It’s just important that we enter business-ownership with a clear confidence, knowing what lies ahead, and an unwavering commitment to pursuing our passions and purpose – because we know that’s what will ultimately fulfill us.

We’ve created a list of 16 Signs that Signal You’re an Entrepreneur… Check them out and see how many resonate with you. If it’s the overwhelming majority, take that fabulous idea of yours and start an action plan for turning it – and your life – into a new adventure.