I have always been fascinated by how businesses got started. What was the vision? What compelled that person to start their own business? There was obviously a need somewhere. But starting your own business is such a risk and most people don’t want to take it. So it had to be a strong enough push to make that decision happen.
The first 25 years of my work life have been working for other companies. From administrative, to office management, to inside sales and marketing. For the most part, these were jobs I did because I had to work. I enjoyed parts of them, but really didn’t feel satisfied in what I was doing. Nor did I often feel appreciated for the hard work I provided.
One day my cousin asked me if I would like to work at home in my pajamas! I laughed and said “who wouldn’t?” She suggested doing web design at that time. Well, I had no training in it, so of course I was going to have to go to school or teach myself. Plus, that meant actually starting my own little business and I had no experience in that either. But what I did have was experience in many different areas that once pulled together I thought, “I could actually do this!”
Throughout those 25+ I was honing myself for my new adventure as a web designer. I never knew it. I had enough background and tenacity to continue my education to learn about webdesign (I taught myself) and to learn how to start a business. It wasn’t hunky dory all the time, but the idea of going back to work for someone else actually pushed me to keep moving forward.
I am really pleased to say that I have personally owned my own business for over 11 years now. And I must also say, that I LOVE what I do. Doing web design has also allowed me to meet hundreds of small business owners in my local area and I get to hear how they got started. Those stories helped to inspire me to “Bring Their Business’s to Life” via the website.
During this time, my youngest son Alex, had graduated from college with a marketing and entrepreneurial degree and he started his own business as well. (I would love to say I was the inspiration but he was inspired when he was little). It is a digital signage business and is growing at an impressive rate. While he was working on building his business he injured his back and went to a Chiropractor for adjustments. Alex was impressed by how Chiropractic helped him to heal and feel better. (By the way, he goes regularly now). He wanted to help his Chiropractor and other chiropractors, from all over, “get their Message out to the public” about the benefits of chiropractic. Here it is…”The Need!” Alex started The ChiroChannel! It is a Premier Waiting Room Channel for Chiropractors.
That business started to grow and Alex couldn’t take on both businesses full time. He called me and asked if I could help with the graphics. Of course I said yes! Long story short, I am now the Executive Director for the ChiroChannel and managing the business. I will say it again! I LOVE what I do! My web design has helped me get to this point in my life. I enjoy meeting new Chiropractors from all over. They have their story and why they started their Chiropractic Business. So with the ChiroChannel, I can help them to “Bring Their Chiropractic Business to Life!”
You never know where the building blocks of experience will bring you! But you do have to have a beginning.