By: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center
Charleston entrepreneurs...we think you’re pretty awesome. Not only are you pursuing your passions and growing Charleston’s economy, you’re also the very reason why The Harbor Entrepreneur Center came to be. With all that you do, it can be difficult to take a step back and remember why you started in the first place.
To help jog your memory, here are five reasons we think you’re pretty awesome:
1) You’re The Boss
Remember the days of sitting inside your cubicle, counting the minutes until the clock hits 5:00? How about facing the “Sunday Scaries” on a weekly basis? While many of your friends continue to struggle through a constant case of the Mondays, you were brave enough to leave it all behind. When you start your own business, you are your own boss. What an incredibly powerful concept--being in charge of your own destiny.
2) What You Give Is What You Get
When you’re working for someone else, it’s incredibly challenging to reach your highest potential. As a business owner, entrepreneurs get the opportunity to truly go for it, on their own terms. Of course there are risks involved, but they are YOUR risks. Entrepreneurship gives you the chance to achieve financial independence and the peace of mind that the work you do is directly benefitting your bottom line.
3) You Dictate Your Own Life
Entrepreneurs all possess a certain a attitude. They’re going to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. Period. For most, this isn’t reason enough to risk losing a comfy 9-5...but it certainly serves as a contributing factor for many.
With this kind of freedom, Charleston entrepreneurs are free to take a walk around The Battery, enjoy some much need r&r on Folly or Sullivans, or enjoy a meal/drinks at one of the amazing restaurants in town....any time they want. Regardless of the debauchery you choose to pursue, the fact that you can live life on your terms is nothing short of awesome.
4) You’re Fueled by Passion
Chances are, if you were willing to make the jump into this lifestyle, you were fueled by passion for an idea or a dream. You were bold enough to question the status quo, and start something for yourself. Entrepreneurs are some of the most creative and passionate people. They have a vision, and work tirelessly to bring it to life.
5) You’re Building a Legacy
Entrepreneurship means more than giving yourself personal freedom. You are impacting the lives of many. This can manifest in so many ways...maybe you provided someone with a job, inspired someone to go for what they truly want, or offered a new solution to an existing problem in society.
The change you create in the world (whether you perceive it as big or small) matters. Business philosopher, Jim Rohn, sums it up perfectly, “Those who came before leave us the world we live in. Those who will come after will have only what we leave them. We are stewards of this world, and we have a calling in our lives to leave it better than how we found it, even if it seems like such a small part.”
We love celebrating Charleston’s community of entrepreneurs. Interested in learning a little more about how you can get involved? Awesome! Get the scoop here. (link to “get involved” page on website).
The Harbor Entrepreneur Center