When I first considered becoming a business owner, I had only three thoughts in mind: filling a need, profit and freedom. As I dove deeper into the world of entrepreneurship, however, I realized that I had so much to give and even more to gain as a wife and mom. Yes, becoming profitable has been great, but there are meaningful things I’ve gained that outweigh my earnings.
I created my business without a blueprint or any competitors to truly measure against. The first part of my business model consisted of putting financial education on a bus. My process consisted of purchasing a school bus, working with designers to get it functioning correctly, followed by spreading the word to potential partners and the community. Accomplishing this in such a short period of time reminded me of how mentally powerful and creative I am. Reflecting back on the highs and learning lessons along the way, I am more adamant about cheering on my husband and son when they are faced with daily adversities or when they are in the middle of creating something that could change the world.
As a previous 8-to-5 employee, with two 15-minute breaks and an hour lunch, I recall work feeling as if I were part of a machine. I took care of my piece of what we were building and couldn’t quite articulate my standing beyond that point. The next day was a repeat of the day before it.
Entrepreneurship allowed me to gain more clarity around why I was building a business. I learned that this quest was intended to serve individuals and families that needed my resources for years to come. Our son is also a great part of what I visualize. The desire to one day turn this over to him to lead and to make better weighs heavily on my mind. Paying attention to this allows me to view my business as a future vehicle of earning potential for our son, as opposed to something that I’m simply creating day by day.
Time and Flexibility
You could say that there’s tons of time to spend with family after you’ve worked eight to nine hours per day. There should be time to prepare dinner, laugh with one another, exercise and catch up on the happenings of the world. Yet, this does not always turn out to be the dream that we imagined it would.
Becoming an entrepreneur allowed me to control my time, which resulted in being more present for my husband and son. With a kid that’s growing older each day and currently living on his own, it’s important that I’m able to catch up with him throughout the week via FaceTime or for a mom and son dinner date. I also find tons of gratitude in being able to spend quiet time at breakfast with my husband in the mornings before he ventures off to work. These are priceless moments that I wouldn’t trade for any dollar amount.
Entrepreneurship requires many hours, long days and nights; however, the rewards I’ve gained — being more present and flexible in the lives of those that I love — make it all worth it. Finally, I am at a season in my life that does not require me penciling in those important moments that truly matter.