Taking the next step… telling my boss I was quitting my job!

Thursday, 16 April 2009 10:38 by BarbaraV
My next step was to actually quit my job…  This was on of the hardest parts about opening up my own business.  It takes so much courage to stand up to the 9-5 culture and say 'I don't need to be doing this, nor do I want to, so I won't'.  I would agree that turning in one’s resignation is never easy.  But, if you have come to the realization that you are in a job that you really, REALLY don’t like AND you have the “courage” to go out and do it on your own, then you are well on your entrepreneurial journey!

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My First Employee

Friday, 3 April 2009 13:48 by BarbaraV
We started out this blog hoping to provide thoughts, hopefully insightful ones, to help other budding entrepreneurs! I have been reflecting on the recent Athena award and what it means to me.  Guess you could say I actually began my entrepreneurial journey very early in life.  When I started work at Westinghouse, back in the 20th century, I hired my then ten year old sister Maggie to pack my lunch (always ½ peanut butter and jelly sandwich and one red apple) and she brought me a cup of black coffee as I prepared for my day at the office.  I paid her a $0.25 per week for this service.  $0.25 per week?!  I know that might sound low for all that work, but that was a lot of money at the time, especially for a 10 year old!  So, looking back, she was actually my very first “employee”.  Fortunately, for me anyway, the only “benefit” I had to provide was to let her borrow my clothes from time to time.  But things are much different today.  Ensuring my employees are provided with competitive benefits, a fundamental career path, and a challenging but enjoyable working environment is always on my mind….

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