Entrepreneurship is a broad term that can feel overwhelming to many new business owners. That's why I've decided to use the term "Accidental Entrepreneur". Let's talk about what this means and how it's incredible that you are one!
Who Is An Accidental Entrepreneur
Anyone who stumbles into starting a business by following a passion or hobby. They are generally unsure that they qualify to run a business because they didn’t go to business school and tend to want more education and training so they can “earn” the title. ‘Accidental’ describes how they arrived at entrepreneurship but not how they will navigate through it because they want to intentionally create a business that integrates into their life instead of taking over it.
Many Accidental Entrepreneur's even hesitate calling themselves an Entrepreneur at first because that title doesn't feel right. However, once you identify as someone who is starting a business, you can then learn more about this role and then move forward with intention.
Accidental doesn't mean you aren't intentional. The word 'Accidental' describes how you've entered into entrepreneurship, not how you navigate entrepreneurship overall.
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What Does Accidental Entrepreneurship Look Like
Accidental Entrepreneurship looks like this:
You have a passion or hobby that lights you up
You then have the idea to take your passion/hobby and turn it into a career
You likely hesitate because you don't feel "ready" but you are excited about possibilities
You find the courage to take steps forward with your idea
You uncover your confidence along the way
You are intentional with each step as you move forward
You create a business that integrates into your life instead of taking over it
Doesn't that sound wonderful?!
It possible for you and I want to help you navigate the bumpy road of entrepreneurship so you don't feel alone. You're definitely not alone as I've done this and I've helped many others as well. It's 100% possible to create the business of your dreams and not lose your sanity along the way.
Excerpt From My Book:
Why Not You?
An Accidental Entrepreneur's Guide To Success
If you and I were chatting over coffee (or tea, or wine, pick your fav, I like them all) and I asked you what title you would give yourself, you might not choose “entrepreneur”. You might consider yourself a hobbyist turned “I think I could make money with this”, or a stay-at-home parent looking to create cash flow for the family or maybe everyone keeps telling you “you could charge for this”. Regardless, you’re in the right place and I’m talking to you in this book.
While you ultimately get to pick the title that resonates with you (CEO, Founder, Badass Boss, etc), for the purposes of this book, I’ve got a new title for you...Accidental Entrepreneur.
Here’s my definition: anyone who stumbles into starting a business by following a passion or hobby. They are generally unsure that they qualify to run a business because they didn’t go to business school and tend to want more education and training so they can “earn” the title. ‘Accidental’ describes how they arrived at entrepreneurship but not how they will navigate through it because they want to intentionally create a business that integrates into their life instead of taking over it.
Hey there Accidental Entrepreneur!
(Because I know you just said “Yep! That’s me!”)
The cool part about adding the word accidental is that it automatically takes some of the pressure off. When something is accidental it means that something occurred unexpectedly and when this happens everyone knows it’s okay to be a little thrown off for a bit so you get a grace period.
You trip by accident....you have time to get up and get your footing
You take a wrong turn by accident...you pause to let the GPS recalibrate.
So now that you have this new title of Accidental Entrepreneur you can give yourself some grace and time to find your footing, and that’s exactly what we’re going to explore in this book.
Why Not You?
Ac Accidental Entrepreneur's Guide To Success
Take Away Message / Action
Embrace the term Accidental Entrepreneur as you move forward in your business. When you do this you'll give yourself more grace as you take steps forward intentionally. Remember that entrepreneurship is never a straight line of progress so whatever your path looks like currently is wonderful.
Give yourself permission to be an Accidental Entrepreneur and grace along the way. I'll talk to you soon.
"An Accidental Entrepreneur is someone who is looking to build a business that integrates into their life instead of allowing it to take over."
- Amanda McKinney
Your Guide To Accidental Entrepreneurship
You're building a business with intention and want it to support the life you dream of so it's time to do this on your terms. You can do this by declaring your Y.O.U. Promise which is what I walk you through in my book:
Why Not You? An Accidental Entrepreneur's Guide To Success.
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