As I create and build my course at Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning, I have been thinking a lot about why I became an entrepreneur and about the various lessons learned that I have built through the years. I thought I would share why I became an entrepreneur here and save the lessons learned for another post. Also, I will leave you with some questions and the link to register for my course in case you ever want to be an entrepreneur, too. The course begins on October 19 but there is open enrollment (or rolling admissions) until the end of February so check it out and sign up when you are ready!
Why I became an entrepreneur
I always had a passion for helping people and teaching. I did not always know it but it was there. When I worked in Corporate America I was fulfilled only partially so I decided to branch out and start my own business.
I fully launched my first business called "Business Tools 2 Go" and I balanced working full time, teaching part time, my own business and constant travel for personal and professional reasons. I used to go to Rome, Italy for a long weekend to visit my MBA friends and the city I fell in love with as a student from 1998-1999 at St John's University Rome Italy campus - ah to be young and immune to jet lag again.
In 2005, I was married and owned a small retail store in Staten Island selling baseball memorabilia - I was also working full time, teaching part time but traveling mainly for business - in one year Singapore, Iowa, Ohio, Aruba, Florida and one trip to my beloved Rome Italy.
I always taught and helped people individually with resumes and cover letters and applications but I did not always operate under a company name or use social media or a website to really run the business.
Life got busier as I got older and although I always had a vision and an idea for bringing my business to the next step, I got caught up in the living of life. Now, when I say I am pulling "triple duty", I mean it. But I am compelled to continue to promote and provide my services to my clients, all of you reading and my current/past/future students. This iteration of my business, launched this summer, really allows me to connect with many different people, some of whom became clients and some that become students. It really is the culmination of many years of thought, hard work and bravery to be out here and say, "This is me - I am the prof who likes to present - and I have something worthwhile to share!" I cannot wait to help many more people take that step and move forward with their dreams of owning their own business.
Why are you an entrepreneur? What does it mean to you? Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Why or why not? Happy hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen