Entrepreneur is a term widely used these days – but what does it really mean and what does it actually take to be one?
In an economy where college loans can cripple a person’s future and industries might collapse over-night due to technology advances, the traditional ways of earning a living have become less applicable and harder to achieve.
It is rare for anyone to work at one company for "life”. Most people will have several “careers” between their teens and seventies. How will young people, middle-aged and older generations face these realities? The answer increasingly points people toward the wonderful world of entrepreneurship. But how realistic is that? Rosanna Fay loves to explore that question and help her friends to navigate the waters of a start-up business. It was never Rosanna's intention to become an entrepreneur: life brought her there when a great idea presented itself and she co-founded a business. The journey wasn’t just one of sorting out how to start a venture, the very nature of the newly-formed company was to change marketing, business and technology models. So, she learned by doing; listening; making mistakes; and asking for help. And most of all, by taking huge risks – both personal and financial. Ultimately, it succeeded and became a company of 100 amazing people, strong revenues and, most importantly to Rosanna, one with a healthcare and 401K plan for all employees.
Since retiring from her company in 2011, Rosanna has explored other industries, become a published writer and dedicated herself to helping other entrepreneurs realize their dreams – whether those dreams are by accident or design. And most recently, Rosanna launched a new company of her own, www.interest-candles.com. Now she gets to mentor the most difficult client she's had in ten years...herself.