When I entered college, I knew I wanted to study Business Management and Finance. But the entrepreneurship bug lingered, so I took a couple of classes in that area. One of my favorite courses was a class of about 20 students, which was co-taught by Larry H. Miller, one of Utah's most successful entrepreneurs. It was great to learn from him and his experiences. However, that class also turned my focus back toward corporate management. The big project for the term was a 20-page self-evaluation about passions, dreams, goals, and personality. The assessment worksheets provided by the professor helped me realize that I was a very risk-averse person, and starting businesses would therefore bring me more worry and stress than it was worth.
Instead of setting out to be a serial entrepreneur, I ended up marrying one. At the time, I thought I was marrying a future college professor; but about two-and-half years later, as Kent was finishing his bachelor degree, he realized he was burnt out on school and wanted to do something else. We've bounced around ever since. Kent worked a handful of jobs and gradually found that he really enjoys being self-employed and building businesses. In fact, his most recent project is as a consultant for other business owners. He usually has two or three projects that he's working on at any given time, and we each have twice that many projects brewing in our heads. This lifestyle used to stress me out, but I learned about 12 years ago that if we are generous in our giving with tithes and fast offerings, the Lord watches over us. Even when finances are really tight, we still have everything we need. As our children get older, Kent and I have more time to work together on professional projects. My fearful, risk-averse self has taken a back seat, and I am enjoying this entrepreneurial ride.
It's a good thing, too, because we are becoming a household of entrepreneurs. (Thanks to The Daily Herald for writing the next section of this post, which is an article in today's paper. Click on the link for the full article because I've removed portions. Lest you think I infringe on copyrights, these are my own photos that I took at last night's event.)
So far she has one loyal customer who has bought $31 worth of dollar bracelets. #4 is looking to expand her customer base. Feel free to contact her for bracelets to give as party favors or small prizes. She loves to work on custom designs.
Then there's #5 who takes after his dad as a miniature salesman. He's been going door-to-door this month looking for sponsors for his school walk-a-thon. Be careful if you sponsor him, because he's planning to put his running talent to use to rack up more laps than any other kid at school. Next month, when his fingernails are a little longer, we expect he'll be going door-to-door selling his back-scratching service.