My Entrepreneurial Journey

My Entrepreneurial Journey

I shared on a recent Periscope broadcast my inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur: my grandmother owned and operated a home-based daycare that I worked at during holidays and summer vacations. She was my first introduction to a full-time female entrepreneur outside of an MLM company.

Years later while running my own business from the comfort of my home, I would rely on the lessons she taught me when it came to communicating with difficult customers, providing top of the line customer service and being available to your employees (or in my case contractors). I won’t say everything she taught me were best practices, but I will say that her influence helped shaped my perspective, leadership style and pride in owning my own business.

Over the years I have honed in on exactly where I fit in within the entrepreneurial space. I started off doing anything and everything that would bring in income – especially once I made the transition to working for myself full-time. There was this nagging fear that I wouldn’t be good enough to succeed.

One day I realized I needed to release those fears and step into my greatness. I had to do all of the things that I had been encouraging and instructing women to do for years on my platform, Divas With A Purpose.

Michelle D. Garrett

As I found clarity within my business offerings, I found myself growing more confident and energized. It was easier to show up and show out daily within my online and face-to-face communities. As I work with new and struggling entrepreneurs – whether its setting actionable goals and streamlining their offerings – I find myself getting energized and excited about their success. I identify with their drive to make things happen – not just for financial gain but for their individual, personal “whys”.

As my business grows, I realize that there are some things that I just have to let go. Repeat after me – delegation is not a dirty word. Finding resources like LnkedIn Profinder that allows me to connect with fellow entrepreneurs from all over, looking to expand their reach and share their time, talents and resources to help others succeed. Investing in one another is a big win for us all. I truly credit the support of fellow entrepreneurs to where I am within my business right now.

I recently took the time to outline exactly what I wanted to focus on in 2017 (and beyond). This year has been a year of growth, learning and connecting. Many of those connections will be resources I have to outsource projects and tasks so that I can focus on doing the work that I truly love through one-on-one sessions, workshops and conferences and online forums.

Note: This article was inspired by LinkedIn’s ProFinder Small Business Contest.

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