In 1997 I got roped into my first direct sales business selling jewelry. Then I tried health products and clothing. But 2007 was the year I experienced true business ownership by cleaning and painting rental properties. (I hated it but it paid my bills). While I had a background in product management and an accounting degree, deep inside I wanted to work at something I created; that I could call my own. Whenever I thought about getting a job, a call to entrepreneurship pulled me back. I decided I’d rather live on less and have the freedom to raise my son at home than have a job that kept me in a rat race and away from my family. In 2009, I launched my own gift business that turned into a women’s western boutique. Along each step, I taught myself multiple skills. After closing my boutique in 2016, I received requests from other business owners to help with blogging, email marketing, and website improvements. Now I run a few different businesses in addition to pursuing a love of writing.
A COLORADO GIRL LIVING A LAKE LIFE
Colorado is where I’ve spent most of my life. Born just over the border in Wyoming, raised in Denver, and settled in Colorado Springs. However, my family and I recently relocated to southwest Missouri – purchasing a home overlooking Table Rock Lake.
I’m a microentrepreneur, just like you. No staff or big budgets. Just me, my ideas, and the will to make stuff happen. The more I think about it, I’d say my motto in life is, “Why Not?”. Opportunities are seen everywhere and if I had unlimited time and finances, I’d probably pursue every idea I have. But…that’s not possible, so I encourage others to pursue their ideas. My “Why Not?” has created a fun vintage typewriter business for my husband and taken me down roads I never imagined. For one, I’m writing my first book, to be published this late fall (fingers crossed!).
After years of thinking I had nothing to offer, one day I sat up and realized all those hours of learning how to do things for my other businesses left me with awesome skills I can use to start another one.
→Over the years I discovered I love to learn, create, and write.
→Watching others succeed brings me as much joy as proudly observing my own son have fun and receive blessings.
→Becoming a public “guru” with a large following is not my thing. For me, I want to take the hands of fellow business owners and do life and business together; SHOWING them how rather than telling them. One-on-one or in small gatherings. That’s how I like to impact others. And my life is impacted by them as well!
→I continue to work, offering small business services because I think it’s important to stay in the game if I want to be an effective mentor.
A TRUCK, CAMPER TRAILER, AND THE SEA
The absolute best part about being a microentrepreneur is the flexibility and opportunities. Already, I’m able to pick right up with my business – and continue with some clients – and barely miss a beat after moving across the country. While serving local customers is the best, I’m also creating something that is mobile. That way, I can pack up my computer, hitch a little trailer to my truck, and spend a year by the water – driving along and exploring the entire coastline of the U.S. – if I so desire. (yes, I do!)
I’d like to know…
What would you do if you could create a mobile business? Or even a business that you start, build, and sell off? How would that change your life? Let me know here!
KEEP IN TOUCH FOR THE GOOD STUFF
There are plenty of entrepreneurs out there TELLING you what to do to improve your business. I don’t promise anything nor do I tell you what to do. Instead, every Sunday I share the lessons I’ve learned that week and my thoughts on being a microentrepreneur. I don’t hold back my failures and eagerly share my wins. I’m walking on the same road you are. I just think it’s more fun when you have someone to walk it with you.
love, Laura Lynn