Why Can't We Be Our Own Boss?
This past summer I decided to shift my focus from searching for a job, to starting my own communication consulting business. After filling out numerous applications, only to receive many "no thank you's," very few call backs, two interviews, and being completely ignored by a potential employer after one interview, I decided to take matters in to my own hands.
But the turning point for me really came after having a conversation with one of my close sister queens. We were discussing our post-undergrad plans, hopes, and goals. At this time, she had just landed her first job in her field, while I was simultaneously job hunting and contemplating entrepreneurship.
I shared with her that my biggest fear wasn't the task of building a business, but rather the support that I would receive from those around me.
In the black community, most of us are taught to go to college, obtain as many degree's as possible, and land a good job so that you can take care of yourself and your family. A small percentage of us are encouraged to follow those same steps, but to work our way up in a company...someone ELSE'S company. Very few of us are encouraged to start our own businesses; I was not one of them.
Honestly, I didn't even bother to tell most of my family that I wanted to be my own boss instead of working for one. I just knew that they would not understand. And that's sad.
For me, it's not just about the fact that I despise mornings or that I cannot stand being told when to be where and at what time. It's also not about the fact that I hate being on a routine for too long and I love to travel, pick up and go when I want to.
It's about starting and leaving a legacy.
I want my future children, grandchildren, and other little black girls and boys to realize that you don't have to work for someone else. You can be your own boss. I want us to break the notion that you have to either go in to the military, or go to college and get a job.
My dream is to see the black community of entrepreneurs become a familiar sight in cities and towns across the country. After the government, African American businesses are the biggest employer of African Americans.
Black entrepreneurship is so important. And it's even more important to raise up a generation of those who will establish businesses, create jobs, and invest in their own communities.