I think you'd probably call me a small business owner rather than an entrepreneur: I have my own business because that's how I get to do the work I want to do for people. But anyhow, to get the ball rolling...
Ignorance, mostly. I started because I was good at doing the thing; found out later I needed to become good at designing and building a website, marketing, writing copy, SEO, pricing, customer service, managing my own time efficiently, etc, etc, etc...What made you believe that you could be successful?
(Of course you don't have to become good at everything involved, especially if you start out with some money to invest. And lots of the technical stuff has got a lot easier. But still... the number of different hats to wear at the beginning is pretty startling.)
Personal favourite: Mark Silver of http://www.heartofbusiness.com. But this is, again, more for people who overwhelmingly want to do the thing and come to the 'oh, and I need to pay the bills too' part later.Were there any books or people that you met along the way that helped guide you?
Idea first - and not even 'for a business', just 'I want to do this for people.' (Fairly sure that disqualifies me for 'entrepreneur'.)Did the idea for your business or the drive to own your own business come first?
Yup.Do you feel that you made the right choice?
Absolutely, to anyone with bucket-loads of energy and enthusiasm, with a high tolerance for working 12 hours days and no particular affection for paid holidays and sick leave, and who doesn't need cash right away. Benefits - absolute job satisfaction.What added value do you feel owning your own business brings?
Would you recommend it to others?