We have started a Meet Up Group Royal Oak Entrepreneurship. In thinking about it, as people have started to join, now nearing (100) members, I am wondering why people are interested in Entrepreneurship. It is likely different for everyone, but what resonates best for me is Freedom. Freedom has a multitude of meanings, but in this context, I am referencing Freedom of Time. That could further mean, Freedom From Working for the Man.
If you have ever felt stuck in a job, the hours just drag on. I have been mostly self employed most of my working life, but I have weaved in and out of traditional “jobs”a couple times, and have had some consulting contracts that resembled a job. And while the consistency of a paycheck has merit, the drag of having to go “check in” to an office every day, with rules like you start at 9:00AM and stop at 5:30PM grates me to the core. That said, it is sometimes the only reasonable path when running a business, you need butts in the seats, and you need to see what they are doing. I guess the long and short of that is I like being the boss better than being the employee.
But even if you are the boss, the owner of your business, we still all report to someone, be it our partners, our lenders and so on. But, it doesn’t quite feel the same, somehow the wins seem more sweet when you are calling the shots. I like it, I like being able to turn left or right at will, speed up or slow down. With that comes the responsibility, but I have always been OK with that part. Judge me on the results, not the dumb dumb things that you wanted me to do because you have always done it that way.
If being an Entrepreneur requires one to “take on greater than normal risk”, What is the payoff?
• Is it More Money
• Is it More Time
• Is it Freedom
The answers are likely different depending on who you ask. We will dive deeper into those questions, and many others surrounding Entrepreneurship and Small Business in this group. There are many phases of being an Entrepreneur and Business Owner, and we will discuss what that means, focusing more on the Why. There are a zillion and one trade off’s to get out from under “Working for the Man” Some are favorable, some not so much. Anyone who has been in business for any length of time has a few bruises, and so being really clear on the Why is helpful in those moments. Come join in the discussion, We plan to have different local Entrepreneurs at our MeetUp’s to Tell their Story of Why, and we would love to hear about yours.
Why Do You Want to be an Entrepreneur?
Our first MeetUp will feature local Entrepreneur and Author Jimmy Tomczak as our speaker on Thursday 12/29/16 at the Royal Oak Entrepreneurship MeetUp. Come hear Jimmy’s story.
Jimmy wrote a book, Lakeside& Tide exploring the highs and lows of running multiple businesses, succeeding, failing, traveling, living, loving, learning, losing, forgiving and more.
Jimmy also enjoys bringing people together to share “wow” moments by hosting events to connect diverse friends and friends-to-be for life-changing experiences. When we see how great life can be, we can appreciate how great life really is in the present.
Jimmy believes and lives the mantra “We are all connected”, check out his interview on Life and Entrepreneurship below
WRITTEN BY ERIC BROWN
Eric’s background is rooted in the rental and real estate industries. He founded metro Detroit’s Urbane Apartments in 2002, after serving as senior vice president for a major Midwest apartment developer. He established a proven track record of effectively repositioning existing rental properties in a way that added value for investors while enhancing the resident experience. He also established Urbane Media, a social media marketing and PR laboratory, where innovative marketing ideas are tested. Eric has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Business Week Magazine, the New York Times and Harvard Business Review . You can connect with Eric at UrbaneLife on Twitter. Eric also writes regular articles for the following publications:
RDA Press, (Rich Dad Advisors) are publishing Eric’s first book,Apartments to Hot Sauce; RED HOT RECIPES FOR YOUR BUSINESS START-UP, to be on the bookstore shelves in MARCH-2017!