Transformation from Employee to Employee-preneur


Transformation from Employee to Employee-preneur

Joe Smoe is a manager at a local hardware store. He greets customers as they enter, educates them on products of interest, and finalizes their transactions at the cash register. He works Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and has been  employed at the store for 10 years.

What category would you place Joe under?

A)    Worker-bee

B)    Businessman

C)    Investor

The answer to this question seems pretty common sense, doesn’t it? Joe must certainly fall under the “Worker-bee” category, as he is an employee working a regular job. What if I told you this belief is completely wrong? What if I told you Joe is just as much of a businessman as the owner of the hardware store he works for? You may be thinking, “I work a regular 9-5 so does that mean I am in business as well?” The answer is, “ABSOLUTELY“!

For some reason, mainstream America only views franchisers, sales executives, and CEO’s as being “legitimately” in business. Little do most of us realize, anyone with a skill set, talent, or specialty for which they are paid is in business. The term business can be defined as:

A person or company that has discovered the most effective way to produce or specialize in something, and uses their skillset in exchange for money.

In case you’re wondering how you can apply this concept to your personal career, the key is specialization. For example, when Joe Smoe started working at the hardware store 10 years ago, he was a customer service associate. He got paid $7.50 an hour, and his duties were limited to simply greeting customers. Joe realized the abundance of opportunities in the retail industry and decided to specialize his skills.

He began participating in sales workshops, and doing extensive research on each product the store sold. Before long, sales would skyrocket when Joe was on the sales floor, and his extensive product knowledge made him the go-to for all questions from customers and new employees alike. Joe’s specialization increased his value, and he was eventually promoted to store manager making $17.00 an hour.

You can also increase your market value by sharpening and developing your skillset. Analyze your current position, and think of all possible avenues for advancement. How could you move up in management? How could you take your expertise outside of your job and build an independent clientele? Never forget that YOU ARE IN BUSINESS, but your degree of specialization determines whether you will sink or swim.

Let’s come up with an action plan together! Share your current skill sets with me by posting in the comments below, and let’s figure out the best areas for you to specialize. Remember, we are all after the same goal, so let’s work as a team.


What can you do to get a greater return from your business?

I’d like to hear your thoughts an options on this. Are you currently in business or are you an employee looking to start your own business?

If you are a business owner what are some tips that you can share with us as to why you choose to go into business for yourself?

If your looking to go into business what has caused you not to take the leap of FAITH?

Let’s SHARE our ideas as this is an opportunity to learn from all walks of life.

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Wishing you an amazing week,


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