Every established business owner and new entrepreneur has a different reason for why they opened their doors. Some say they seem to have been born with an entrepreneurial gene, while others took the leap after working for someone else. Regardless of what the primary motivation was, parts of their stories routinely overlap with each other – primarily the idea that being an entrepreneur is amazing. We’ve rounded up the top 10 commonalities to share with you.

  1. It’s not work. It’s love for what you do. Just think of this old adage, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. This is a popular quote because it’s true. People who follow their dreams and dedicate themselves to making them come true rarely feel like they’re working at a job.
  2. It’s your time. Entrepreneurs get to set their own schedules. Sure, there is plenty to get accomplished, and the key here is flexibility. Need to be at a school soccer game? No problem, visit clients and place orders beforehand. Or maybe you do your best work at 2 am. Since you’re the boss, you can work whenever you like.
  3. It’s innovative. Entrepreneurs bring ideas to life, find new solutions for problems and generally make everyday living better or easier. Where there was once an issue, there is now a fix. Also, innovation isn’t static, it keeps happening. One idea leads to another and there is always room for improvement for older ideas.
  4. It’s being part of something bigger. We all endeavor to make the world a better place. Success with entrepreneurship lets businesses make a huge difference in their communities. This often inspires others to follow their dreams, giving them motivation and confidence.
  5. It’s human and social capital. The leadership you exhibit in your community builds your reputation. Being known as the person who is driven to make their goals and is successful draws others to you. They are asked to volunteer and help make their local area a better place.
  6. It’s close by. Business adventurers get to open their offices in the neighborhood they love or wherever suits them and their business. Some don’t even open a bricks-and-mortar office. Their commute is to their home office or to wherever they bring their phone and laptop.
  7. It’s personal. At the end of the day, being an entrepreneur makes people be the best versions of themselves. They are always adapting, learning and changing – usually for the better. For many, self-value is built on achieving clear goals, then exceeding them and finding new ones.
  8. It’s a vehicle for social change. There are many rewards to being a successful business owner. Some start new organizations dedicated to helping their communities thrive. This could revitalize a down and out area or inject new life into a gentrifying neighborhood.
  9. It’s control. The boss gets to decide what the dress code is, whether Fridays are optional in the summer and if snow days are a real thing. They get to make the decisions – even the fun and easy ones.
  10. It’s value. Long days of hard work and dedication are a given when you’re an entrepreneur, especially if you’re just starting out. Day after day you wake up with the knowledge that what they do is worth all the effort. That years from now, it will all have had a purpose, not for a CEO you’ve never met, but for you.

Without a doubt, being an entrepreneur is one of the most amazing things anyone can do with their lives. Here at the FVEC, we are dedicated to helping the men and women business owners in the Fox Valley area be the most amazing entrepreneur they can be.