Secret confession: I don’t have many friends…
I’m a bit of a loner and a closet hermit — which is often a surprise to people that know me through my work here at WomenWhoWOW.
And my circle is small. Deliberately.
But, recently I’ve been really opening myself up to more friendships. And, there’s this one woman who I just love. We have a lot of differences, but a lot in common too. I love talking with her, spending time with her, and can’t wait until we take our girls to see the last installment of the Twilight Series — at midnight — on a school night. We’re all excited! =)
Anyway, she said something to me the other day that was SO indicative of what “the masses” think about being a self-bosser or business owner. She was talking about an idea she has for a business, but that she intends on waiting until she retires to pursue it — in SEVENTEEN YEARS.
So, you know me. I’m like, “WOW! I don’t think I’d ever be able to live on a seventeen-year plan!” =) And so I ask, “Why not now?”
“We could never afford to live on one income.”
I forgot that one. I forgot how much of the ACCEPTED “wisdom” about business startups includes the assumption that they don’t make any money. It goes hand in hand with the “wisdom” that you need to SPEND a bunch of money to get started. OH — and that IF you’re one of the “lucky few” who make their business work, you won’t pull a profit for like 4 -5 years.
I forget this is what people believe about being in business for themselves… because on Planet WOW! we do business differently. We DEMAND a profit. Immediately. Because — let’s face it — that’s the point. NO profit is UNacceptable. Period.
So, this being my own boss = living on one income equation doesn’t equate where I live. On Planet WOW!, profit is expected, celebrated and leveraged. It’s what you’re here for, right? But, for anyone else reading this — dancing with an idea of a business that’s growing in their hearts, please hear me:
Business, done right, makes money. Otherwise, we call it a ministry. Or volunteer work. But, BUSINESSES make money. NEVER assume that being in business for yourself means living without money…. or living on one income. It just doesn’t HAVE to be that way.