Have you ever thought that maybe part of becoming all that God created you to be might mean starting a business? Maybe you feel like there is this thing in you that you are so passionate about, and you just know you are supposed to do something more with it. For me, my journey of becoming definitely involves starting a business. In fact, I’m headed to a business conference THIS WEEK! Eee!
I Love Business
I grew up in a very entrepreneurial family.
My dad made his first few pennies when he was 5 years old. His parents owned a daycare (and other businesses along the way) and my dad was given the task of setting up and putting away the napping cots every day. When he was 14 years old he owned his own lawn-care business. And since then has been mostly self-employed, from owning a restaurant to owning and operating a remodeling business.
My mom has been his partner in every endeavor along the way. And she has a bit of business history herself. She’s always been a saleswoman at heart, so it doesn’t surprise me to find out that she got to set up and operate her very own garage sales so she could earn money for the State Fair when she was 10 years old.
When my brother and sister were young (9 and 7) they helped my mom harvest tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and they got to sell them to the restaurant my parents owned.
My brother, being arguably the most entrepreneurial of us all, started selling sour warheads on the bus in high school. He bought a bag of warheads for probably only a couple of bucks and then sold each piece of candy for 25 cents. Talk about profit! Since then he’s pursued a few different business ideas and is running a successful mortgage broker company.
And me? Well, I sold cookies. My friend and I took orders from the neighbors and had so much fun baking and delivering our cookies. Then when I was a little older, my dad and I bred our dog and sold puppies. The money I earned was for college… that is until I wrecked my brother’s car! Yikes!
I Love YOUR Business
I guess you can say business is in my blood. But guess what? I don’t just get excited about my own business ideas. I’m super excited about YOURS! Hearing your ideas inspires me so much! I have loved recently having friends in my life that also have entrepreneurial bends. I even love having friends in my life who just have ideas. Maybe business doesn’t come naturally to them, but they have an idea.
They have a vision. And it goes far beyond selling products. It goes far beyond money and strategy. They want to make an impact on the world around them. They want to offer products and services that will improve people’s lives. Or maybe they want to use the profit of a business to increase their impact on the world around them.
So what about you?
Your Business Might Be a Part of Your Becoming
God made us all so uniquely. Not everyone will pursue a business venture. Of course, not everyone wants to or should, and that’s fine! But I can’t help but notice the vast opportunity today for women to “make a living doing what they love.” It really is incredible. And you know what? Owning a business might be a part of your “becoming story”.
Here are 3 reasons I think your business might be a part of becoming who God created you to be:
- Your business will help you pinpoint your passions. You really can’t successfully run a business if there is no passion behind it. If there is not a why, the business really won’t be successful. You have a why! You have a purpose. A passion. A God-given dream. Business might be part of understanding your passions and purposes more deeply.
- Your business will stretch you. Let’s face it. Building something from the ground up is not easy. It’s hard work. But in the process, you might find yourself doing things you never imagined doing. Business might be a part of shaping and empowering the woman God created you to be.
- Your business will make you brave. Like I said, successful businesses start with a strong why. And a strong why comes from a deep and intimate place in you. Putting your heart out on the line and not knowing if it will be received is not easy! Business might be part of you becoming a woman of great courage.
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Okay so maybe you agree that owning a business might be a part of your becoming. So what do you do now?
- Pray about it. Talk to the Lord about your visions and dreams. Ask Him if starting a business is a part of becoming the woman He wants you to be. Ask Him to teach you things about yourself while you are exploring this idea. Even if at the end of it all, you don’t think a business is what you want to do, you can still learn so much about what God has wired you for! Ask Him to show you.
- Write it down. Start a journal and dump all of your ideas into it. Don’t worry about being organized. Just write. I know you’ll be amazed at the things that are flowing out of you! Before you start, you might not think you really have a business idea. Maybe people have encouraged you in this way before, but you’ve written it off thinking, “Oh this is just a hobby”. Who knows! By the time you are done writing it out, you might have a clear vision and a plan!
- Talk about it. See what your friends and family think. Start asking around to see if anyone is doing anything similar to your idea. Ask them questions. Get to know them. Along the way you just might find some awesome people who are willing to help you out in your journey of becoming all that God created you to be!
Need Help Along the Way?
After you have done all of that, I would highly suggest checking out Christy Wright’s Business Boutique book! I have the book and am going to be attending the Business Boutique conference THIS week! I’m so excited!
The Business Boutique is for every stage of business. Christy says when it comes to having a business you are either a Dreamer, a Starter, or a Builder. And her content will help no matter which category you are in. Her book is super easy to read. It’s easy to relate to and it simplifies all the things about business that can be overwhelming and intimidating.
I would highly suggest checking it out. You can purchase the book here:
I’m headed to Nashville!
I know this conference is going to be chalk full of passionate women pursuing their dreams in Christ. Talk about Kingdom Purpose and Kingdom Identity! Yes- I am going to learn so much from the sessions, but also from the plethora of daughters of the King who have unique stories and unique callings!
I can’t wait to share what God does through this trip. In the meantime, have you considered that maybe… just maybe… becoming all that God created you to be might include a business? 🙂