The start of the year is always a trigger point for many of us to set exciting new goals or recommit to existing ones.
Often, those goals have something to do with our careers. What we want to do next (or instead). What we want to do when we grow up. That kind of thing.
Lots of people who are thinking about their next steps aspire to start their own business. Be their own bosses.
So I thought what better way to kick off the Your Work Matters series by celebrating women entrepreneurs.
More Than a Way to Make Money
We start businesses to make money. Of course. If not for the purpose of making money, we wouldn’t start a business. We’d just be doing it—whatever “it” is—on the side. For the enjoyment of it.
But making money isn’t the only reason entrepreneurs dive into the business world.
Often, men and women go down this risky road because of the opportunity to make an impact. To solve a problem they want to address. To help the kind of people they want to serve. To apply themselves in a way that makes them want to bound out of bed every morning.
This month, Second Breaks is celebrating entrepreneurship and the women who are in business to do work that matters.
As this is the first one of this year-long project, I thought I’d just clarify one point: the people featured here and in the coming months raised their hands or were nominated. There are no qualification rules.
For me, the phrase “doing work that matters” has many layers and interpretations. Just like the word success. As such, I leave it up to the featured individuals to define it and share their definitions with us
I used to think that my expertise was redundant. I mean, a lot of people know how to run a business, right? Wrong. When I look at my education and experience, I now recognize that I do have a lot to offer my clients, that it’s unique and worthy, and helps people achieve success. —Allison Walsh, Rainseed Marketing and Wildflower Uprising.
My work matters because it makes people feel that their needs are significant NOW. My business offers assistance to clients who are constantly juggling priorities and feel their needs have not been addressed. My passion to be responsive and helpful are what makes my work & business run effectively. —Dana Miller, South Hills HelpHer
I help women entrepreneurs get their work out into the world by teaching them how to run their businesses with intention. As a result, they experience more clarity, increased productivity, and more joy in their work. —Lisa Wood, Sprout New Media
My work matters because good people deserve to have thriving businesses. Far too many small business owners are absolutely excellent at what they do, but they struggle financially and emotionally because they don’t know how to market their business. I make marketing fun, effective and easy. —Adrianne Machina, Tornado Marketing
Through helping mommas and their babies, I’m building confidence and deepening their relationships with one another so that the babies can sooner do the work they came here to do and fulfill their life’s purpose. My work makes my heart swell with pride that THIS is what I’m part of. It’s truly magical. I’m a spark to the people who will be catalysts for healing and change. —Nicole Karon, Nicole Karon
My work matters because you have to know who you are to lead like you mean it. My work creates evolutionary brand and business visioning for courageous and playful creative entrepreneurs that makes their success inevitable. Be your brilliant self. Become who you are. —Eilish Bouchier, Eilish Bouchier