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Monday, September 17, 2012
Updated: Sunday, September 16, 2012
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Ever wonder what inspires someone to leave the security of 9-5 (or 8-6, as the case may be) and venture into the wild and uncertain world of entrepreneurship? We asked our members, and here is what some of them had to say:
Lesa M Bee, Tropical Treats: The job I had was getting to the point that I was literally getting stomach pains. I had always made crafts, floral arrangements and baked for others and one thing lead to another and found that people like to eat more then they need a wreath. So I choose to start baking for a living with the full support of my wonderful husband.
Daphne Taylor Street, freelance writer: Somewhere between existential torture of not living authentically and having had success as a freelancer before. I'm not made for 9-5 - it's not in my DNA.
Robin King, Three Birds Tavern: To pursue a dream. Nothing dramatic, no firing, not at a loss for other opportunities. Simply to pursue a dream. (Quoting Steve Jobs) "The only way to do great work
is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.
Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you
Kelly Wright, ZK Dezigns: I wanted to make up my own work schedule. I wanted to do work that I love and enjoy. It has been hard and sometimes scary . . . but I am responsible for all of it!!
Karen Brantner Taylor, Barefoot Books: My full-time job before I had kids was an Avionics Technician. Once I got pregnant with my first son, I knew that I didn't want to work on airplanes anymore. We made the decision to cut our combined income in half (actually more than half because I made more than my husband) so I could stay home with the kids. It's a huge sacrifice and we've struggled financially. I've always thought direct sales was the perfect business for me, but never considered myself a "salesman." When I found Barefoot Books, it was a match made in heaven. Finally, a product that I could talk about enthusiastically. I do not feel like I have to talk customers into buying my books. What I love most about my job is it's not all about selling books. It's about promoting literacy and what's better than that?
Martha Trangas Ross, Mobile Day Spa Creations: I was fortunate enough in 2001 to have inherited the house my grandfather built in 1925. After four years of renovations we had to sell, but was able to pay off all debt. After 27 years in corporate life, stress levels unbelievable, I was able to walk away with a full retirement package. I started my own business four years later, and absolutely love sharing, pampering others, able to set my own schedule and make the same money in 2-3 hours that it took me to make after a 14-hour day in corporate life.
JoAnna Gilford, Shea Scensations: I am passionate about chemical-free soaps and lotions. I can spend an hour reading the lotion labels in the store. I love experimenting with different ingredients and thinking of new ways for old ideas. I never realized how bored I was in the corp. world until I left, but I appreciate those years as it gave me skills I can apply to my business.
Susan Jacobs Leonidas, Your Travel And Cruise Concierge: I left Corporate America in 2003 right after getting married and moving to the Tampa Bay area. I tried in vain for two years to restart my IT career, and found it difficult to get a job. Found out that many of the hiring managers were afraid that with my background and skill set, that I was going to go after their jobs. After spending three years in Retail Hell, I made the conscious decision to be the mistress of my own fate. Went to Culinary School, was a Private Chef (for hire) for two years, and then three years later, decided to follow my passion for travel and became a Travel Agent. I love what I do - assisting people with realizing their dreams of going on a cruise, as well as discovering new sights, smells, and people!
MeLanie Neumann, Tampabay Massage Therapy & Natural Health: Because I am a workaholic masochist! Well, partly true, but I love being my own boss. I have absolute freedom to be as successful as I want doing what I love.
Amanda Trail, Artists Loft on the Pass: I had reached the ceiling of the company I worked for and was frustrated of not being able to better the business despite my ideas and efforts. I was the face of a company and practically had no say. I wanted to spend more time doing what I love and being with the ones I love, not spending my life at work. I love getting up and going to the shop and doing whatever it is that I want to. I have my own authority in decisions with no one holding me back. It's been a dream of mine to own my own business and now I have two! Couldn't be happier! Good times and bad times, this is what I needed!
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