Autonomy Freedom to work or not work according to what else you want to do Ownership: Your ideas, your plans, your way Your own timetable Passions and interests Working with people of your own choosing + LOTS OF MONEY!
Self employed ◦ Developing your own business opportunities ◦ Not working for a salary ◦ Need to be involved Entrepreneur ◦ A person who organizes and manages a business, usually with initiative and some risk. Business Owner ◦ The business interests can operate without the owner.
Do you have to be an “entrepreneur”? Do you have to have outstanding skills? Do you have to be really good with computers?
What are you really afraid of? ◦ Loss ◦ Failure ◦ Success How to manage Fear ◦ Small is good ◦ Don’t procrastinate ◦ Having a safety net ◦ Being well planned
What are your learning needs? Who can you learn from? Mentors Mistakes are good Instant success can be a problem. Beware Complacency!
Isolation and the need for community Juggling family life Doing what you love means often having to do things that you hate Hours and more hours No support staff
Clarity Focus Belief in own abilities Determination Resilience – “No failure, only feedback” Mindset Positive attitude
Diagram from http://www.ict.griffith.edu.au/~davidt/self-actualisation.htm
Keep it clean! Who are you when you are with others? No financial discussions in bed! You are life partners and business partners, not conjoined twins. It’s business and you are colleagues. Is that how you relate with emails, coffee, interruptions, questions, “hom e” issues? Define your business roles Take good breaks from work