Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Do You Dream of Being an Entrepreneur?

The difficult economy and unemployment rate have pushed many Americans to follow their dreams and become their own boss, start their own businesses and do what they love. Mothers are opting to work from home in order to help contribute to household income (and saving on exuberant day care costs) while enjoying time with their families. Fathers are starting businesses to create better work/life balance and be there when their families need them.

I, too, have the entrepreneurial spirit and while I work my full time job, I do my best to create the life I choose and start my own business from home. It’s not easy while working a full time job and caring for a family, but you do what you have to do to achieve your dreams.

Friend and Editor-in-Chief of, Jeff Rivera, recently introduced me to Mark Cuban. Mark has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. I was fortunate enough to interview Mark and ask him a few key questions about becoming a successful entrepreneur. Although Mark’s business is somewhat different than mine, the desire, drive and purpose remain the same. You can read more about Mark here:

There are many mommies out there that dream of creating their own business
but haven't a clue where to start. What advice do you have for them?

Find something you love to do, can do on your own and doesn’t require
any more capital than you can afford to lose personally. The most
valuable asset you have is your time, talents and ability to
communicate. Focus on those strengths and what you can do rather than
what you can’t do.

There are many young moms who are just beginning their lives and can relate to you when you said you were sharing a small apartment with 6 people and
sleeping on the floor.  How can someone keep their eye on the prize when they’re living on Ramen noodles?

Who cares how you are living today? I loved every minute of living in
that dump. The low rent and utilities and eating Mac n’ Cheese
 all the time allowed me to afford the startup of my business. Instead of
paying myself much, I could put it in to my business.

One part in your book I loved and my heart sank at is when your fiance
lost your $7500 ring.  What's your advice for those moms out there who are distracted by a relationship? How do you balance a real life with your dreams?

I never was able to balance. Each person has to make their own
decisions. But remember, your competitors aren’t sitting by idly
waiting for you to have a nice dinner with your significant other.
They are trying to kick your ass. So choose wisely.

You encourage entrepreneurs not to hire a public relations firm, Mark. How did you get the word out about your eBook?

I tweeted, posted on Facebook, [used] Google Plus and responded to emails. Nothing more.

Where can we get a copy of your eBook, How to Win at the Sport of Business?
Anywhere eBooks are sold: Amazon,, and sites that support independent bookstores too.

1 comment:

  1. This is such an amazing interview, Kelly! I can completely relate with the Ramen noodle, budget lifestyle and love it too. =) Sometimes, it can be difficult to remember that there's a charm about every situation.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share this! =)