I’ve always had an interest in being an entrepreneur. When I was in the second grade my dad was working as a coal miner, a notoriously unstable and dangerous line of work. That year he went through another layoff, the second in two years.
Not one to sit idle, he rounded up group of his friends that were in the same situation, out of work with families to provide for, and started a logging business. That crew made use of the resources they had at hand. They didn’t have money to buy equipment and couldn’t get a bank to give them a second glance.
They used second hand chainsaws, borrowed trucks and siphoned gas out of the tanks of their cars. They went door to door canvasing for work. They had plenty stacked against them.
But you know what? They succeeded. They found business and put food on the table. That impresses the hell out of me.
There is no shortage of people out there with the same grit and determination. If you own and operate a business I bet you’re one of them. You claw and scratch, scrimp and save until you are successful.
I want to help where I can. I am going to start posting bootstrapping information I find to help you you spend less time searching and more time doing. For the bootstrapper, time can be as precious as money. I want to help save both.
In addition to information and resources I also want to provide encouragement. Nothing helps you stay motivated like hearing about how others in similar circumstances rose to the challenge and won. I want to share those stories. If you have one please let me know about it. I’d love to post it on the site.
Question: What’s your inspirational entrepreneurial story?