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