February 14, 2017

Entrepreneur by Accident

I’ve been on my own” professionally for almost 12 years now. It’s still crazy that it all really happened by accident.

In the Spring of 2005, I decided to change jobs after a rewarding stint at Musictoday. Musictoday was my first start-up experience, but it wasn’t as small as the company I was going to work for. That company had less than 10 employees and I was going to lead an eCommerce division that only included one person, me.

I took a long weekend in between jobs. My wife and I visited the Homestead resort and that’s when I received the call. The CEO of the company that I was going to work told me that the owner has decided to shut down their eCommerce line of business. Therefore, I was without a job. I was a little taken aback, to say the least.

Thankfully, I left Musictoday on good terms. Luckily, they had yet to fill my position. I didn’t want to go back full-time though. So, I decided to freelance as a Project Manager/Business Analyst. I picked up a couple other gigs and liked it. Specifically, I liked the freedom and the variety of work. I also enjoyed the chase for new business.

Over the course of the next 12 months, I freelanced and also interviewed for jobs. I received one offer that was really hard to turn down. I also was helping my wife go through some very difficult family issues. It was a period of transition that finally ended during the second half of 2006 when I decided to fully focus on starting a business.

I never thought too seriously about starting my own business. I never felt a burning desire to become an entrepreneur. I’m not sure I would even be in this position if it wasn’t for those series of events in 2005. However, it taught me one of the most important lessons of entrepreneurship: how to transform a setback into opportunity.

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