How To Answer When Someone Asks You What You Do

career-390757_1280It happened again.  Someone asked me what I do.  This time it was the clerk from my local health food store.

There are so many different answers to this question.  I’m a wife and mother.  I could stop right there.  After all, I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to be home with my children.  But there’s so much more to me and what I do.

I’m a publisher.  But I hate telling people this.  Invariably they always want to tell me about their best friend’s cousin’s aunt who has been working on a best selling novel for years and if they could just find the right publisher…..yeah.  That’s not what I do.

I’m an author.  This is always an interesting conversation.  Most people assume I’m talking about fiction.   When I explain that I write non-fiction booklets they’re usually quite fascinated.  They smile with this gleam in their eye like, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  But, this conversation usually goes on longer than I want it to so I don’t like mentioning that I’m an author.

I’m a writer.  But I don’t like talking about that either.  I write booklets, blog posts, website copy and plenty of other things related to my business, but talking about it would probably bore most people to death.

I’m a coach, but these days who isn’t?  To non-coaches it always sounds very impressive – once you get done explaining for the millionth time that you’re not a PE teacher.

So all of these things that I do were running through my mind, and then I heard myself say, “I’m an entrepreneur.”  Oh, I thought, that’s a good one!  And then she said, “Wow!  That’s great!  You’re really lucky.”  “How so?”  I asked. “Because you were able to get your business started.  My brother wanted to be an entrepreneur, but he didn’t have the money to start his business.”

Not wanting to get further into the conversation when I knew the clerk wouldn’t really be interested, I simply replied, “Oh.  That’s too bad.  Well, maybe someday his luck will change,” and then I was out the door.

But, the truth is not every business requires a big investment to start.  You can write and produce booklets for practically nothing – especially if your booklet is produced as an e-booklet.

So many people think that you need to have alot of money to start a business, but that’s old fashioned thinking and it keeps people from doing what they want to do and living the life they want to live.  Yes, it does take alot of money to start some businesses.  If I wanted to open a restaurant or a hair salon I would need a large bank account to do it with.  But, you really can start out on a shoe-string with booklets.

Also, these days we have the advantage of the internet.  You can put up a website or use a sales platform like Zaxaa (see my link below) without making a large investment.

Starting a business isn’t what it used to be.  These days just about anyone can start a business from the comfort of their own home.

What do I do?  I’m an entrepreneur.  That covers it well.  And if you’re writing booklets and offering them for sale then so are you!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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