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June 14, 2012

Lame Excuses For Not Running Your Own Business

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Written by: Jerri Hemsworth
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Being around so many professionals from all different walks allows me to be inquisitive and candid. I like to ask intriguing and sometimes thought-provoking questions. In the last 15 years, I’ve become an advocate for small business owners. I like to think I’ve got a keen eye for people who are capable of running their own businesses. Granted, owning your own business is NOT for everyone, but I sure have a strong gut instinct for those who should. I’ve mentored quite a few women who have started their own businesses. I really enjoy watching their success.

When I meet someone who is very successful and busy making money for someone else, I ask, “Have you ever thought about running your own business?”

More often than not, I hear many of the excuses that Jeff Haden brings up in his post on Inc.com entitled, “15 Worst Excuses Not to Be an Entrepreneur.”

These are some of the classics:

  • I’m too scared.
  • I don’t have the right connections.
  • I’m too late.
  • I don’t have the money.
  • I can’t take that risk.

and my personal favorite:

  • It’s too hard.

Having run my own business for more than 16 years, I have had many times of it being hard. Sure, I’ve had sleepless nights, but when I look at the quality of my life, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. As Haden says, I’m living my life on my own terms. Immense joy and freedom comes from that. You should try it. •

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Jerri Hemsworth
Jerri Hemsworth
Jerri Hemsworth is Founder/CEO and Creative Director of Newman Grace Inc. Established in 1996, Newman Grace demystifies and simplifies marketing by providing great strategies, great creative materials, and doing so in a friendly way that makes clients feel comfortable and cared for. Jerri is the Publisher of Southern California Professional. She also sits on the board of directors for Shane's Inspiration (www.shanesinspiration.org), a non-profit organization committed to designing inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children of all abilities.




 
 

 
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