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Old 18th July 2007, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Is Small Business In Your Blood??

In the newsletter this week I am asking how many of you grew up in a small business. Please share with us what that was like good or bad.

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Old 18th July 2007, 07:19 PM   #2
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Well, I didn't grow up as part of a small business. My dad always owned his own manufacturing company with his brother, but I was not involved in it.

However, recently at a family gathering, I looked around the room, which included my dad, my two brothers, my brother-in-law, my daughter's boyfriend, my son , and myself and realized we are all entreprenuers! Different paths but all own a business. So I"d say it's definitely in the family

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Old 18th July 2007, 07:22 PM   #3

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What a great topic Linda!

I actually grew up with a single mom who worked super hard for someone else... The interesting thing is, both my brother and I are entrepreneurs. I guess watching mom go through all that stress, and constantly answer to someone else really influenced us.

My brother and I have had conversations and both of us agree that we wanted to create a very different life for ourselves - if we were going to build something, it was going to be on our terms and allow us to live the way we wanted.

I've talked to my mom about it, and she just never thought of working for herself - her biggest priority was having security and consistency for my brother and I.

Now, I will say that entrepreneurship has got to be in my DNA. My dad and all of his siblings are entrepreneurs. Growing up, my dad had a regular job - but always hated it. So he finally went out on his own.

I love being an entrepreneur - I can have a flexible schedule, I answer to me , and at the same time, I am creating prosperity in my life while living my life purpose - does it get any better than that?!?

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Old 18th July 2007, 10:17 PM   #4
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Default Growing up around a business...

Well sorta. As I grew up my dad was two things: A Full Professor at a local community college teaching Civil Engineering Technology full-time, and on the side he did consulting as a Professional Civil Engineer licensed in the state of Ohio. Let's just say the telephone number was on the business cards. It was understood when he retired from teaching, that the telephone was off-limits during regular business hours and I was taught how to answer the telephone during those hours.

I have worked in small, medium, and large corporations - position eliminated, corporate restructure, completed severance...currently on umeployment, just the thought of having to be an employed by another employer is nauseating to me. Yet, for the short-term, I may need to work a part-time position (to pay off debt) until my Virtual Assistant Practice is up and running. If the employer door closes (at home call center work), I will gladly only pursue my self-employment dreams full-time! Which would be just fine with me!

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