How to Pursue Your Passion

Pursue Your Passion

(This is part 3 of a 3 part series.)

In Part 1 of this series, I outlined three different options available when you take the Entrepreneurial Leap. The first one I describe is to pursue your passion. This option works well if you have 18 to 24 months to make the transition from employee to Naptime CEO. This option also assumes that you’re making some type of transition from what you are currently doing to what you plan to do in your newly launched business.

Here are the major steps you need to take to Pursue Your Passion. Continue reading

Lowest Hanging Fruit

Photo Credit: Anna Hunter

Photo Credit: Anna Hunter

(This is part 2 of a 3 part series)

In my last post, How To Take The Entrepreneurial Leap, I talked about different options for taking the leap. The second option I highlighted was Grabbing the Lowest Hanging Fruit. This is a phrase we often use in my consulting firm when talking with clients about options that will get them some quick wins. – Actions that have a big impact with little effort. – This was the option I chose and is the most popular option if you don’t have lots of time for your transition plan – say 12 months or less.

Here’s what you can do to launch a business around your lowest hanging fruit. Continue reading

How To Take The Entrepreneurial Leap

 

Photo Credit: iStockPhoto

Photo Credit: iStockPhoto

(This is part 1 of a 3 part series.)

So you’ve decided you want something more out of life than just the typical get up, drop the kids off, go to work all day, pick up the kids, dinner, then bedtime routine.

You want more time with your children, but still have a professional life.

You want to be a Naptime CEO!

But how do you even start?

In this post I’ll take you through the key decisions you’ll need to make, your options, and what I did (and why you shouldn’t do that). Continue reading

Megan Interviewed On The Free Agent Uprising Show

It’s up!

If you like our Facebook page, then you know I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Kevin Miller of Free Agent Uprising. Periodically, he interviews free agents about how they made their first dollar and he asked me to share my story. It was a lot of fun and now that the show is posted I wanted to share the interview with you too.

 

Free Agent Uprising

 

A big thank you to Kevin for inviting me on the show!

You can listen to the interview on the Free Agent Uprising site or you can get the show on iTunes (show # 267).

 

Should You Pursue Your Passion As Your Business?

Pursue Your Passion

In case you’ve missed it, these seems to be quite a bit of debate these days about work and what type of work you should pursue. Start discussing this among entrepreneurs and would-be business owners and the debate can get down-right heated. At the heart of the matter is whether you should try to just find good solid work that you may not like, but pays really well or if you should pursue work you love.

The media laments that pursuing work you love is over-glamorized. A bunch of starry-eyed dreamers who can’t provide for their families. However, for many, the thought of spending their entire working lives doing something they dislike or even despise just because it pays well destroys their soul. (There’s a reason more than 70 percent of workers are disengaged and looking for other work.)

So what’s the answer? Continue reading

How Do You Define Success?

How do you define success

A few weeks ago, I posted this statement to my Facebook page and got quite a response:

“If you want to be a Naptime CEO, you cannot simply accept the world’s definition of success, you need to create your own definition of success.”

(btw, if you haven’t already liked my page over there, check it out and consider joining us.)

All to often, people who want to start a business are afraid to because they think they might fail. What they forget is failure is based on your definition of success.

Let me illustrate… Continue reading

Why I Choose To Be A Naptime CEO

photo credit: Fotolia

photo credit: Fotolia

 

It may come up in normal networking conversation or it comes up from a friend who is burnt out and frustrated with their work. At some point though the question arises, “What do you like best about being self-employed?”

This question always brings a smile to my face.

At first, I thought the answer was freedom. But I quickly realized that freedom was too general an answer for me. If you’ve read Tim Ferris’ book The 4 Hour Work Week, you quickly pick-up that freedom for him is to be able to work anywhere in the world he chooses. For some other entrepreneurs I know freedom is the ability to create and build a business without limitations or restrictions from a boss or other hierarchy.

So what did freedom mean to me? Continue reading

When Your Dream Job Becomes A Nightmare

dreams nightmares

I’m Back!

So I had to take a summer sabbatical from this blog. It was not the typical, “it’s summer and I want to hang out with my kids and go to the pool” sabbatical. – I kind of wished it was.

Instead it was more of the “Oh my word, what I am doing with my life, it’s a mess, and what could I possible offer to any other potential entrepreneur because I would just be a hypocrite!”

As with most things in life, the past few months were not nearly as bad as they felt at the time and I’m in the process of getting a grip on it all. So in keeping with my promise to be open and honest with all of you let me share with you what I’ve learned, because this journey of entrepreneurship and being a Naptime CEO is not always sunshine and rainbows. 😉 Continue reading

The Best Business Decision I Ever Made

Winning

In one of my earlier posts (The Blessing in “No”) I talked about my struggles last year trying to grow my business and despite all my efforts seeing our client work slowing down. One of the reasons I was able to successfully make it through that challenging period was because early on in my business I made a key decision. This decision not only got me through last year, but other lean years as well. In fact, it has become a cornerstone of how I run my business. If you are in business or considering launching a business I would strongly encourage you to make this decision too. What is it? Continue reading