Over the last few days, I’ve been sharing my thoughts on the spirit of entrepreneurship , especially as it relates to making money from home.
For many of us, getting started is absolutely the hardest part. Finding something that you love enough and which you are willing to put in the hours into is a brainstorming process of Pros and Cons.
It seems that every successful mogul story I hear, there’s a kid who grew up knowing they were born for business, but where women entrepreneurs are concerned, it doesn’t have to be in your blood to succeed. One just has to be willing to work hard.
America is the land of opportunity, and at the core of it: excuses don’t apply.
Often, I reach out to my dear friend and designer, Joy,  for help. Quite annoyingly (said with the utmost love and respect), she won’t just tell me the answer. She reminds me that I need to “fish.” From her tag line, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” she steps me through the specific process to find my own answers.
Some days, I admit, I reply, ” I just don’t want to fish,” but that honest response is what keeps many from ever realizing their dream.
Joy is a self made business woman. She taught herself all the “geeky” stuff that I just don’t understand. By learning html and coding, she has built a web design business that assists her family on their road to financial freedom. I often joke that I knew Joy, “When…” I knew Joy when she experimented on my blog. I knew Joy when she wasn’t in high demand, and now I celebrate Joy’s success, even though I have to pay for that.
Lisa  shared her business story with me at our (in)courage  beach weekend last year. It’s simplicity exhibits the American Dream coming to fruition. Six years ago, she began brainstorming ideas for work at home opportunities. She narrowed down her choices to either event planning or jewelry making. She has always loved to plan, so the thought of organizing wedding or parties seemed like a fit, but she also took a high school jewelry making class and thought it might be fun to do that as well.
She chose to learn the craft of hand stamped jewelry. 
Please think about that, ladies!
She didn’t get quote up in needing the right “credentials,” or already knowing her trade. Lisa didn’t go to college or design school for jewelry making. She took a class in high school, remembered loving it, and decided to learn that skill herself thinking she’d sell a few pieces to make a little extra money. Now, six years later, she employees over 20 people. The growth of her business necessitated that her hubby leave his job and join her full time. I celebrate her success because Lisa is as genuine as it gets. Her success comes because she chose to take a risk, and the Lord is honoring her heart for Him.
I spent the weekend with precious Darlene. Darlene has a passion for beautiful spaces and things. She loves the challenge of creating beautiful rooms that also meet the needs of lifestyle, family, and reality! She has taken her love of design to create an interior decorator work at home opportunity. We talked some about trying to balance home and work, and have agreed, it’s a constant struggle. New subject.
Angela  is someone you want as your new best friend. I was privileged to have her share her passion for creating something beautiful out of nothing at our Becoming Conference . (I am definitely having her back.) She loves to turn trash into treasure, just like me, but she actually sells her creations. They are that good. She never thought anyone would be interested in buying things, until she stepped out of her comfort zone and gave it a try.
Personally, my friend Toni  has been an invaluable resource to me over the last few years, as she helped me navigate the world of professional blogging. She is a wonderful example of how by setting goals, being intentional with your time, and carving out an online space to share about the things you love, one can open up a avenue to create income.
Now, please don’t email asking how to start a blog to make money. I didn’t even have a clue I could make money from a blog for nearly one year after I started. I was passionate about encouraging women first, and honestly, I think that’s why it worked.
But, if you are curious about the topic, another good friend, Amy, carved her business niche by answering that very question. Whenever someone asks me, “How do I start a blog to make money?” I send them to Savvy Blogging  and to Blogging with Amy . Amy decided to begin a new blog as an experiment in that very question, and has walked her readers through the process.
Whew – this post has gotten very long, yet I have many more women I was going to feature. I will do that another time because it’s inspirational to hear success stories and celebrate women, who are carving out ideas for creating additional work at home streams of income.
Please know this. It may be scary or risky, or you may feel that you don’t have anything to offer, but you do!! I hope you see the theme above – these are self made business women. They taught themselves.
Whether you are an amazing wordsmith, which lands you two book deals, a mom convicted about natural living , thereby encouraging other women in the journey, or someone who loves to bake and now sells her bread, there is a place for you in this entrepreneurial space.
About what are you passionate? What do you find yourself jabbering about to your friends. For me, it was creative ways to save money, and now that passion has spring boarded to a business.
Is there a way to get creative and make money doing that which you love? Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn?
Learn it, then turn it into your own business. Are you ready to write your own song ?
I’d love for you to join me.