See, my trick in life has been to get away from
having a job. That’s been my guiding light.
Whether you’re on the verge of starting a business or already have one up and running, you have given yourself an on-going project of discovery. One of the things you may have discovered is that there’s a lot of confusing information. Much of it doesn’t fit your vision at all.
You’re not alone. Paul Hawken, who has spent his life in creative endeavors, recalls his early days running the first natural food stores in Boston. Although he had no experience running a business, he did have a passion (and personal experience) for healthy eating.
He started reading business publications. “The more I searched, the more confused I became,” he recalls.
The conventional wisdom didn’t fit his vision of starting small and staying small. “The more exposure I had to the official world of business, the more I began to doubt I was in business at all.”
Barbara Winter here.
Like Paul Hawken, when I started my business I read the books that assumed if I was going to be an entrepreneur that meant employees, pension plans, a building with my name in six-foot high gold letters.
That wasn’t my vision at all.
I wanted to create my own livelihood, a creative enterprise that was a paid adventure that added new experiences and challenges to my life. I wanted to find out what I could become.
Along the way there was plenty of trial and error. Lots of error, but there were also rewards I never imagined at the outset.
One of my big lessons was learning that trying to build a business without entrepreneurial thinking is like trying to build a house with a toothbrush.
At Small, Sassy & Successful you’ll discover...
- Why small is still beautiful
- Skills for being an idea detective
- Missing pieces of your puzzle
- How to build a portfolio of profit centers
- How to think like an entrepreneur
- How to make meaningful collisions
- Ways to create visibility for your business (without being obnoxious)
- Tools to use when you need to get unstuck
You can’t Google this experience.
Put yourself in the room where it’s happening, where ideas are zooming around, where you’ll meet some kindred spirits and get practical power tools for building a better business.
Small, Sassy & Successful takes place on Friday evening 6:30-9:30 and all day Saturday 9:00-4:00 in the following places.
June 1 & 2
September 14 & 15
Early bird tuition is $199 (regular tuition is $249).
Space is limited so enroll as soon as possible.
Bonus: All participants will receive a one-year subscription to
Winning Ways newsletter to keep the ideas, information and inspiration coming.
Signs You Belong at Small, Sassy & Successful
- Your boss insists that you go.
- You love hanging out with creative folks.
- You don't think inspiration is for sissies.
- You have an insatiable appetite for new ideas.
- You believe you're a good investment.
- You're ready to take your business to a new level.
- You want to make the world a safe place for your children.
- You're overdue for a change of scenery.
- You're ready to celebrate how far you've come.
- You're looking for some new collaborations.
- You need to treat a case of ADD—Adventure Deficit Disorder.
- You know that even the IRS wants you to go and will give you a tax deduction.
Meet Your Tour Guide
Barbara J. Winter began her own Joyfully Jobless Journey on the day her daughter headed off to kindergarten in 1974. What Barbara didn’t realize is that she was starting kindergarten too.
Since taking those first tiny steps, Barbara has created a portfolio of profit centers that includes writing, speaking, a strangely successful mail order business, Winning Ways, the longest-running small business newsletter. She has been interviewed on television, radio, and podcasts throughout the country, traveled throughout the US, Canada and the UK sharing her passion for self-employment.
She is also the author of Making a Living Without a Job, Jumpstart Your Entrepreneurial Spirit and Seminar in a Sentence.