Why Entrepreneurship?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

How did I know entrepreneurship was right for me?  Let me begin by explaining. Last August, I left my very nice job in the corporate world. I was a manager in a large IT Corporation, with a great job. But something was missing. I started some soul searching, and ended up started two companies. One company is my own creation – a home care company named Extension of You Home Care, and the other is a franchise- a Care Patrol franchise.  It wasn’t the product of a sudden decision, but rather a change that came over the period of months and years. The final catalyst was my father dying just weeks after my graduation from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with my MBA.

Both my parents and my husband’s parents died relatively young. My dad was the oldest, at 71. It was time for some big decisions. I realized that if I wanted control of my life and my destiny, I had to take charge, and put my hands on the wheel and DRIVE. As my husband says- “Drive it like you stole it”. So, that’s what I did. We went ahead with paperwork to incorporate the one company, and signed paperwork on the other, to purchase the franchise, despite my accountant and attorney telling us we’re nuts.

I think that the nuts part is true. No sane person would try to start two companies at the same time. Yet, that is what we’ve done. I can honestly say that it is absolutely everything that people talk about with regards to owning your own business. The uncertainty, the long hours, the work, the dedication. Living, breathing, eating, and sleeping work. It is an enormous change from where I was before.

I find that the changes suit me. I’m doing what I want to be doing with my life. I’m living my own life to my own morals and standards. To me, that is important. If you don’t like something, or it isn’t making you happy, then change it. So, I changed things around in my life. I also realized that I am only on this earth for so long, that there are no do-overs. Getting this living thing right is important.

This is about defining success for myself. It’s why entrepreneurship is right for me.
.

Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Why Entrepreneurship? 1Haley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

 

Connect with Haley:



Categories

All Categories

Business Operations

Entrepreneur Interviews

Marketing, Networking, & Social Media

Self Care & Personal Development

Working Moms

Business Software and Technology

Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Organizing Tips

Sales

Career Building

Family Businesses

Inspiration

Starting Your Own Business

Work-Life Balance

Communication

Hiring Help

Management & Leadership

Time Management & Priorities

Women in Leadership

Recent Posts

Business Blogging 101: How to Create and Sustain a Successful Blog

Business Blogging 101: How to Create and Sustain a Successful Blog

For businesses, business blogging is becoming a powerful tool to not only attract and engage new customers but also to build brand authority and ultimately grow your brand.
This comprehensive guide will equip you with the essential knowledge and strategies you need to start and succeed in the dynamic world of business blogging.

How to Protect Your Merchandise From Theft

How to Protect Your Merchandise From Theft

Protecting your merchandise from theft is a critical aspect of running a successful business. In a world where security threats are ever-present, safeguarding your inventory is essential. Not only does it protect your bottom line, but it also ensures the safety of...

Experts You Need to Have at Your Business

Experts You Need to Have at Your Business

In the dynamic world of business, having the right team of experts is not just beneficial; it is essential for success and growth. For female leaders who are carving out their paths in business, marketing, or HR, knowing which experts to have on board can make a...

7 Tips for Asserting Yourself as a Woman in a Medical Workplace

7 Tips for Asserting Yourself as a Woman in a Medical Workplace

As a woman in a medical workplace, you have a lot of responsibility, not just to yourself but to other women who will come along after you. Asserting yourself in your workplace and gaining the respect of other employees and leadership is essential to a successful career. You have worked hard to get where you are, you don’t want to lose momentum.

Continue to grow with online leadership training and more. Follow these tips to assert yourself in the medical workplace.