The Freedom of Being a Business Owner

Freedom is a very meaningful word to me. After going into business for myself many years and several businesses ago I experienced the freedom of making my own mistakes, solving my own problems and reaping the rewards of all my hard work.  There are few things in this world that feel worse than the frustration of failure but the feeling of success makes it all worth it in the end. Business owners know this feeling very well and I think we are all freedom junkies, addicted to the ups and downs of the journey.

Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. You have to thrill at a challenge, stretch your comfort level way beyond what you think you are capable of and continually educate yourself, finding new and better paths. We are the pioneering spirits that help shape the economic landscape of this world and, for better or worse; I would not have it any other way.

As a business owner, I have experienced some surprises along the way. For example, the overwhelming feeling of too many choices has made me feel like I was wading through glue instead of gliding gracefully down the river of life.  When it’s up to you to make a call on hiring choices, new software, advertisements and more, it can feel like your lost in a labyrinth with everyone and everybody screaming “PICK ME, PICK ME.”  All the ads look so shiny and attractive, potential hires look their best and all seem like a perfect fit, software claims that it can do all you need and wash your laundry when it’s done too. Promises, promises, promises. When it comes time for delivery what then?

I may be in a slightly unique position as a networker and marketing strategist so let me share what helps me sort through the plethora of choices. My network…  My network is not just a huge list of people that share social media. We share tips, tricks, ideas, advice, referrals, resources, strategy and much more.There is power to a network when you can use it like a tool and the payoffs are enormous. I have countless folders dedicated to my contacts that I can source information and get advice from in a second. The last question I had got 15 great responses in under an hour and the advice keeps coming.

The web is perfect for sourcing news, pictures, encyclopedic information and looking at virtual products, but when it comes to knowledge, your network is the most powerful tool you have.  If you develop and trust your network, you can have answers in seconds and get better results from your decisions nearly every time.

I love people, networking and the freedom my business and network give to me.

Happy Fourth of July everyone and may you celebrate this holiday with gratitude for all the freedoms we have and enjoy.

Patty Farmer, “The Networking CEO” is a multi-award winning and highly sought after marketing professional, public speaker, radio show host and author. As the CEO of Patty Farmer & Associates, Inc. she has been the Recipient of 2011’s International Women’s Day Business Service Award as well as 2010’s “Best Business Connector in Dallas” award and a 2010 and 2011 “America’s Most Influential Business Connector” nominee. Patty has created a network of over 100,000+ connections while teaching thousands of business owners how to effectively network and market to grow their businesses using a non-competitive and dynamic collaboration strategy.


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  1. Scott
    2570 days ago

    Great post. No one to blame when something goes awry, but yourself, which is perfect, because you learn so much faster from those mistakes when your mortgage depends on it! I’m so much more motivated to network and market with passion, my own business, than be a number in a conglomerate. Happy 4th Patty, and keep up the good work!

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