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Take your passion AND make it happen!

August 15, 2016

 

Take your passion AND make it happen!

 

Like so many of us Solapreneurs, we end up in a business for the same reason

we end up in a relationship: we follow our passion.

 

Whether it is because we have the greatest invention, best idea to solve

a problem or we truly believe that we have so much more to

give, creativity and passion are front-of- mind – and many times the

end result is not even in-our- mind.  If we want to make our passion-

driven business a success, we need to know where we are heading. That

means setting a goal --  making tangible, definitive plans with a

specific deadline.

 

I love sharing stories, in the hope that you will learn from my mistakes

which I like to call My Adventures in Solapreneurship. In early 1990, with

a baby in tow and working full time, the money was just not enough.

My baby’s daddy was finishing college, so we decided, I would work

and he took care of our little one. I needed a second job, but another

punch clock job was not going to cut it. I also needed to keep my dancer

body audition-ready, but a gym was too expensive and out of the

question.

 

While at the park one day, I heard a mommy complaining about her

Nordic Track being used as a hanging closet because she had no

motivation to work out alone, all other moms had the same issue, but

with different equipment, and right then and there, my passion

sparked my entrepreneurial spirit!

 

I saw a need and a niche, my creative juices started flowing and with

some business spunk, my dance passion and Juan Luis Guerra’s

merengue, my clients started losing pounds, having fun and enjoying

the company of a “workout buddy”. My fee was hourly and I have to

admit I was having a blast. My sessions where creative and meant to

last an hour but they usually lasted 2 to 3 hours of fun.

 

 

The concept worked

 

News of the WORK-OUT BUDDY, what I named my business, spread

like wildfire throughout the neighborhood and it also kept me in shape.

I was able to move into a better apartment, I had better exercise

clothes, and yes, I was a hit.  Many other mommies enlisted to work

out using their own equipment and my expertise, and suddenly, a

Solapreneur (my term for a one-woman enterprise) was born.

 

 

The job business

 

Eventually, my venture outgrew my part time schedule but I still

needed the insurance and security from my full time job plus I loved

the fact that I could stay active while making extra money, so I

continued doing it on my own. I was fulfilling all needs, my family’s,

my client’s and my new apartment’s.

 

 

Reality

 

By 1992, two years after I had started the business, my circumstances