Lessons from Amayi on Entrepreneurship

7/10/2016

I'm gearing up for a big life change and don't have as much control on my income as I'd like. I'm job hunting and hope to land a job that'll get me a pretty comfortable life. Unfortunately, life offers no guarantees and comfort alone isn't good enough for me. I don't think I can do everything I want using just a single income. I know I want to travel, become a nutritionist, and get yoga certified, all that is going to cost money. So what's a girl to do? I say figure out how to make more with what she has. 

I'm a firm believer in entrepreneurship, it's what got me to where I am now. Growing up, Amayi ran multiple small businesses to supplement our household income. Some of the businesses grew out of hobbies, others were derived out of necessity. Maintaining the standard of life that you want requires grit, sacrifice, and creativity. I'm still a novice and am trying to learn how to be entrepreneurial. Here a few other the lessons on entrepreneurship inspired by Amayi: 

Assessing Skills and Passions 
I've been thinking a lot about what I'm passionate about and what I'm good at right now. I have a pretty good idea of what I bring to the table and need to figure out how to monetize it. I don't think I need any great specialized skills to come up with a successful venture. I'm starting with what I know and will learn and adjust accordingly as I go. 

Goal-setting and Planning 
I'm coming up with a draft plan of where I want to be in 1, 3, 5, and 10 years. I'm big on planning and always need to have targets to work towards. I start with small goals that can be achieved in a short period of time, and work on building them up. The time targets are my north star. 

Reflecting On My Weaknesses 
I am a perfectly imperfect young woman. I've got weaknesses and don't know every single thing under the sun. By learning what my deficits are, I can work to turn them intro strengths or abandon them if they're bad habits. 

Research, research, research
I'm a total novice at turning my ideas/skills into a business. Thankfully, I have access to people and resources that can show me how. They include Amayi, friends with businesses, the $100 Day Start Up, Elise Joy's podcasts, US Small Business Administration and of course, Google search. 

That's it for now. I still have a lot to learn, but for right now I'm going to continue processing the lessons above. The next step will be putting it all together and coming up with an action plan.

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