Hi there. I'm Jill Allen and this is find your fierce, the show designed for women to discover your fierce, unlock and unstoppable mindset. Build unbreakable courage and completely transform how you show up every single day. Each week I will bring ideas, methods and strategies that will inspire you to step into your greatness and live life on purpose. Let's be fit, fierce and unstoppable.
(00:35): Hey there. Welcome to find your fierce. This is episode 23. Love it that you are here with me today. I'm super excited to talk some shop with you. I know we cover a lot of topics from health to fitness, to nutrition, to our faith, our mindset, our family relationships. Today, we are going to kick off a new mini series called passion to profits. This is episode one of that series. We're going to dive into our dreams, talk a little bit about business startups, entrepreneurship, and what it takes to make it all happen. So if you've ever had a thought pop into your head, even just once about owning your own business or a dream of starting your own business, or maybe you're running your own thing now, or you're looking or needing a side gig or a plan B ladies, you are in the right place today.
(01:18): And I want to share a story with you because I remember when I was maybe 11, maybe 10, somewhere around there. I know it was about fifth grade, but I wanted to have a job. You know, I wanted to make some extra money. Well, I shouldn't say extra. I wasn't making any money at all. So anything was extra. I just wanted to make some money. You know, I was infatuated with buttons that I would pin on my Jean jacket. My family makes fun of me still to this day about the fact that my jacket was covered in all those little buttons that had little sayings on them and those buttons cost money. And to be honest, I also loved guest jeans back then. So I wanted some money for those. And even now we all want or desire things that require money. So I remember at that age, I remember thinking I had this great plan to rake leaves.
(02:11): Something that I knew I could do. Something that people needed done something to help people, something that I could be proud of, that it was good, solid work. So, you know, I got to work. So I made this flyer, I probably made about a hundred copies, you know, to put in the neighborhood mailboxes. It had my name on it, my job title, whatever that would be it possibly even had a business name on it. I don't even remember that had my phone number on it. And I passed them all out and waited by the wall phone, right. For someone to call. I remember when that first call came in and let me tell you, I had a total of just two calls. Okay. So this really never exploded into anything long term, but that first call came in and it was an elderly woman that lived up the street.
(02:57): And I was hired on spot. I mean, I was so super excited. I mean, I walked up to her yard with my rake in my hand, and I thought all I had to do was break this big yard of leaves, just Reagan down to the street. So the city would come by and pick them up. Right. But that wasn't the case when I got there, you know, she wanted them all bagged. She wanted every single leaf in not just a lawn bag. I don't even know if we had those back then. It was just in a big black lawn, garbage bag. And I remember, I mean, I tell you, it took me days, days to bag all those leaves up and place them at the end of her driveway. And, you know, at the end of what seemed like probably a hundred hours and it seriously probably took me that long, who knows.
(03:41): She handed me a $5 bill and I remember crying all the way home knowing right then and there at that young age that I didn't want to trade dollars for hours, you know? And I felt that I was worth so much more, you know, the job was huge to me. You know, I worked so hard. I remember having blisters on my hands. Obviously I did more than what was agreed upon by bagging them. And I look back on that now and I smile and I laugh and I could call myself a little business woman back then an entrepreneur, a dreamer, you know, and that it was a star for this whole entire personal growth that comes from the things that we start and then this entire journey that we're on. So I know even though that there are challenges for those that own their own business, you know, the benefits far outweigh any of the negatives.
(04:35): So if you have that dream and are questioning the reasons why you shouldn't, or shouldn't start your own dream business, or have a plan B or something to make the ends meet, I want you to check this out because these numbers are absolutely mind blowing these numbers. I'm going to share with you. I actually pulled from Forbes and it says women are now making up a whopping 40% of new entrepreneurs. And it's clear obviously that more women are turning to entrepreneurship than ever before. And that the number of women owned businesses increased nearly 3000% since 1972. And not only that, but between 2017 and 2018 women started an average of 1,821 new businesses per day, just in the United States alone. And to me, I mean, it's like this quiet revolution, you know, that's taking shape right now among women. You know, there's this movement, you know, think back in the seventies when women were leaving a home to enter the workforce, right?
(05:38): When and today, or leaving the workforce in favor of being at home, women have been starting businesses at a higher rate than men for the last 20 years, you know? And they tend to create home based businesses. I mean, it's the trend. I mean, it used to be anyone who worked at, or from home or had a side gig. It wasn't the norm. They weren't normal. It's like, what are they doing? And now the trend is if you don't have a home office or a side gig or businesses that are flexible and what women are going after. I mean, that is what is not the norm. Women here are actually going to create over half of the 9.7 million new, small businesses jobs that are expected and more and more are doing this from home offices across the country. And that to me is absolutely amazing staggering at the same time, to see the trend, to be a part of that trend, to have the road paved for all the entrepreneurs at heart out there to pave those roads.
(06:39): I mean, it shows, or it proves that if you have a dream of being your own boss, then it can happen for you. That it's possible. So why are so many women starting businesses? I mean, I'm hoping a few of these reasons encourage you, that I'm going to share with you today for you to be able to take that leap of faith and not to settle, you know, because if the Lord placed a dream on your heart, know that there is a way a plan and a vehicle for you to be able to achieve that. And here are a few reasons that I came up with and why I favor entrepreneurship over staying stuck at a career that just isn't doing it for you. Okay. So number one, it helps you lead a passion driven life. Yeah. I know we've talked a few times about your passions on prior episodes.
(07:21): You've been given passions that God gave you and we are to follow them and to use them to better the world. And I see so many people, friends, family, I mean, who do not like their job. I think the 70% of workers do not like their job. They dread Monday mornings, Sunday night comes and they're just sick about heading back into the workweek. You know, their jobs are not inspiring them anymore if they ever were, you know, and having your own business or starting one allows you to find meaning a purpose. And it gives us the ability to leave behind this legacy that you can be proud of. And, and when you add heart and passion to the equation, the value you can add, the people you can help. What pours out of you, the impact that is made, you're fired up about what you do each day.
(08:07): You know, the creativity keeps coming. If your current job seems blah or unfulfilling, you know, maybe it's finally time. I'm going to plant that seed here for you to consider or to take the plunge, to be your own boss. You know, and I heard once it feels better to fail at something you love, then succeed at something that you don't care about. That speaks volumes to me. And to keep it going, owning your own business allows you to turn your skills, interests, and passions into income. Whether you love cooking, gardening, you know, helping people reach their fitness goals or finding deals to sell online or doing math. I mean, you can create a business out of nothing that taps into your interests. And when you own your own business, you get to shape and flesh out your dreams. When I was first launching coaching and working with the new college and company that I'm with, what kept me going through all the challenges was that the more I learned, the more I wanted to know when you really love what you do, it doesn't feel like work.
(09:05): And the more you put in the better it feels and passionate about your business is that incredible fuel that keeps you going. So it helps you lead a passion driven life. Number two, we want to make a difference. We want to change the world. We want to truly serve and help people being able to help others, customers, clients, friends. I mean, it's one of the top benefits of owning a small business. We're changing the world. Whether you set out doing that or not with each person, we get to help with each person we get to work with. I mean, we're part of this huge ripple effect. We can be of service. We can help others move forward in life, whatever that may be. But we add value that alone is rewarding and worth taking that leap, making a difference and actually getting paid for it.
(09:51): It's crazy three. We want to bust through that glass ceiling. I remember reading an article that the census Bureau found that full time, year round working women earned 80% of what their male counterparts made in 2016. And as you can see a guys, I've done my research on these numbers. If change continues at that rate seen since 2001, when then will not reach pay equity with men until 2,119. No, I don't know about you, but do you want to wait around for another hundred years to catch up? I know I don't, which is another bonus as to why women are becoming entrepreneurs. If you're the boss, you're in this unique position to set your own rates and charge what you're worth, and it's based on your business model, the people you help, then how hard you work. I mean, it does not depend on others.
(10:46): And we break that glass ceiling. We can advance more quickly. We can make more money. We can set our own prices. I mean, the list goes on. You have business tax perks, tax breaks. I mean, you know, that could be a whole other episode, but we value our worth and what we can bring to the world. And besides, you know, the passion and the living a life with purpose, this could be absolutely huge. I mean, this next one that I'm going to share with you. It's a big one for me. I want you to truly think about this as time is so valuable and we need to spend it the best way we can. The flexibility and the control and flexibility is what I need and enjoy the most. I mean, the reality is that women are still the primary caregivers, whether we're talking about children or aging parents, I mean, starting your own or having your own business, being able to accommodate our family needs.
(11:35): Flexibility to me is more important than the money side of things. I mean, when family may be that number one priority in your life, being able to set your own schedule makes it so worth it. And of course it makes it easier to make time to exercise. I gotta throw that in there, right? But being your own boss generally allows for more freedom than working for someone else, the freedom and the flexibility when it comes to scheduling, aligning it with your personal values, taking the leap is a pretty good setup. And the flexibility is there because we have a bit more control of the days, the plan, the schedules, but also more control over the future. I mean, I know we've been trained to believe that working for a company, working for a 401k, working for the retirement insurance that offers the most stability, but that's kind of a myth.
(12:25): I mean, think about this. Many women have experienced a layoff, restructuring reorganization, a bio, or maybe it's a variation of those things. At some point in your career or your corporate life. Even the company I was with for 10 years did a restructuring of the compensation plan. And my income was tripped just last year out of our control. And it can make a negative impact, but working for yourself means you are in the driver's seat. And that is powerful because you not only have the control of your own business activities, but also whom you work with, including the clients and the business partners, the decisions, the choices, the path you take, you get to set the rules versus following someone else's system. Think about this. Have you ever worked a job in which you felt you could do better? If you had control over how the work was done, let's face it.
(13:15): Jobs can be constricting and the freedom to try new things or to be creative. Don't always allow you to maximize your knowledge, your skills, your gifts. And when you build your own business, you can do what you want, how you want. When you want the products, the services, the systems, the routines can all be set and designed by you and your team. And if you want to go for a run or take a power nap in the middle of the day, you can. So basically you can have it both ways you get to create and design the lifestyle you desire. You can have the career, the business and be that rockstar mom that raises a family. No, I love businesses. And the models that allow you to work from home business, where you can work from anywhere. Anytime I thrive in that environment, that setting all while adding to the family financials and the lifestyle and, and helping the team do the same for me, it's a perfect fit.
(14:05): And more and more women are looking at their options to work from home or to add rewarding income to their family. Owning a business is one of the best ways to create or to design a career that fits your lifestyle goals. I think as a woman, or, you know, they're stepping into, or actually paving the way for new strategies that are actually reshaping the work environment that isn't always working for everyone right now, we are adapting. We're changing mindsets, stepping into territories that are changing the way we live. And basically we're digging our heels in and this movement of women becoming CEOs of their own business. It's not going away. And to be honest, it's here to stay. And I think it's getting louder and louder and louder. So I want to encourage you to take that first step, you know, to use this or to use this quick episode as that nudge that you need to get your business off and running, to not settle for a career.
(15:03): That's not working for you anymore. You know, life's too short, you know, lead a passion driven life, turn your God, given passions and loves. And to profit, you will show up bigger and brighter in this world, helping more people and making the impact. We all know that you want to make buss through that glass ceiling Uplevel and reach higher reflect on the time, the flexibility and the current control you have in your current career. What would you like more of? What would you like to get rid of? What steps will you need to take today, or to make that dream of yours, to own your own business? Come to life. I do encourage women to take that leap and I helped bring out their entrepreneurial heart by helping them build a business while working from anywhere. We have one of the best teams out there that impact a lot of.
(15:45): So if you're looking for a rewarding side gig or a full time career, that allows you the flexibility to have a lot of fun, reach out to me at Jill at Jill Allen, coaching.com or on the Jill Allen coaching Facebook page. Or if you want to join us sisterhood dedicated to growing your faith, join our just brief Facebook group heads. Up on the next episode, we are going to continue this passion to profit series with a special guest, my friend, Greg Smith, and we're going to talk mindset, business tips, and what makes a business truly successful. Thanks so much for joining me today. Please subscribe, share this episode, link on your social media. As we all know, someone that can benefit, and I would love it. If you would give some feedback and a review as well, talk to you next time, beef it be fierce. Be unstoppable. See ya.
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