ENTREPRENEURS ABOUND

Now, let's take a further look at what it takes to bring this hidden entrepreneur into the open and activate the traits necessary to leverage the entrepreneurial spirit. Some excellent examples come to mind, such as Brian Scudamore, who started 1-800-GOT-JUNK in 1989 with $700 just after finishing high school. He had a vision of what he wanted to do, but he also was willing to take a risk to see it become a reality. He took the risk by hiring other people and helping them share in his vision. Brian wanted to make trash look good, so he created an image of a professional service with drivers in uniforms, clear pricing, clean trucks, and reliable and friendly service. Brian realized early on that technology would play a role in what he wanted to achieve, so he took a chance on using a call center format to standardize the business practice and keep service moving smoothly. This approach would also help when scaling up the number of franchise locations. Now he has more than 220 franchise partners in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Consider Perez Hilton, who went from coffee shop blogger to the Queen of All Media. Starting off with an idea, a laptop, and a drink in a Hollywood coffee shop, Perez Hilton started out with only a basic knowledge of blogging software and an idea about how to turn a profit from blogging. The site has grown through the power of social media and his wicked wit for capturing and questioning “everything celebrity.” Now he is his own media empire. He sells millions of dollars' worth of advertising on his blog, writes books, hosts events, and created his own brand. Perez Hilton was offered upwards of $20 million for the rights to his blog. To date, he continues to perch atop a pink empire that keeps growing and adding new ideas, including representing new artists and his own record label.

Finally, there are “mompreneurs” like Sari Crevin of BooginHead. She proved that you don't need to have a lot of fancy credentials to be an entrepreneur and make seven figures while working for yourself on a part-time basis. She went with what she knew best — being a mom — and dealing with some messy situations. That's not to say she did not do her time in the corporate world. Once upon a time, she worked in human resources management for Microsoft. Because she could not find a product that fit her needs, she decided it was time to develop her own. Now with sales in the millions, her company sells attachable hooks and related products for the sippy cups and pacifiers that often serve as projectiles among the younger set. She credits a network of other mompreneurs in helping her start a company and get past all the hurdles along the way.

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