When I named my blog ‘Menopausal Entrepreneurial Freedom’ I didn’t realize the need for a snappy blog title. Now that I do, I still won’t change the title because it succinctly describes me.
It all started with breast cancer. The treatments for the cancer threw me into menopause. The menopause caused me to have drenching night sweats. The night sweats could not be helped comfortably with bike shorts and first layer ski underwear. I researched and made some wicking nightgowns and found women in my breast cancer support group went wild with enthusiasm over the idea and the samples.
I became an entrepreneur. I started my company making moisture wicking sleepwear for women. When I started my own company I experienced freedom to set my own career path.
I am menopausal. I am an entrepreneur. I enjoy business freedom with my own company. I love every aspect and I know I am lucky to achieve success.
I am not saying there hasn’t been times that made me upset like when 700 yards of fabric arrived flawed or when an early manufacturer tossed my patterns by mistake! But the freedom and joy out way anything I have experienced working for another company.
Becoming an entrepreneur is not for everyone. There is uncertainty. There is selling a product, a service, a book, etc. There is often a need for a tough skin, a sense of humor or a listening ear.
Recently I have been asked about my second act. I started the company when I was 52. What advice can I give? Many of my friends are retiring or retired. To friends or to women I don’t know my advice is the same; if you always wanted to become an entrepreneur, now is the time. Research it, try it, and give it a test drive. Maybe you can experience the freedom, the menopausal entrepreneurial freedom I hold so dear.