pumpkin pieThanksgiving is such a special time, and for those of us who have been fortunate enough to be able to start a business, we have more to be thankful for than ever. I was thinking of my own life as an entrepreneur and CEO of CorpNet. Every day running a business, marketing my business, working with my treasured small business employees and customers, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for so many things.

Here are a few of my favorite reasons to be thankful:

  • I’m thankful for the flexibility and freedom of entrepreneurship. Ever since I decided to start a business, I get to work my own hours, chart my own course, have an awesome career and still get to be a mommy to my four children. I’ve written before about how when women decide to start a business, they can truly “have it all” – I’m grateful every day for being able to spend time with my kids, and the flexibility that comes from being my own boss makes this even easier.
  • I’m thankful for my husband and business partner, Phil Akalp. Because we decided to start a business together, we get to work together as best friends and business partners every single day, and we get to spend time together at work and at home. It’s not always easy being married to your business partner, but we love it! I feel like we have our very own Ron and Nancy Reagan kind of love story going on – and I’m grateful for every day that we have together.
  • I’m thankful for CorpNet’s employees. I don’t really consider my small business employees as “employees,” I consider them family. I love coming to work and spending time with them and laughing together all day – we have a great time together! Who says that work has to be boring? and remember great employees are the foundations for great companies!
  • I’m thankful for our amazing team of talented bloggers who help me create the content for the CorpNet blog and continue to serve as a valuable resource to our readers.
  • I’m thankful for the chance to serve. The reason I love being CEO of CorpNet is that every single day, we get the opportunity to assist people who are ready to start a business. I love helping people figure out how to incorporate, dealing with business filings, choosing a business structure, managing the details and helping people realize their dreams. Our clients are such an inspiration – every day I hear amazing, energizing stories from people who are doing great things.

One of my favorite quotes is “Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.” I truly believe that every single day is a gift. I’ve been fortunate to have seen amazing things happen in my own life and in my own career, and I try to reflect that spirit of gratitude in my business as well.

This Thanksgiving, I hope we can all take time to reflect on the amazing power and freedom and excitement that comes from starting a business. It’s always a leap of faith, but I encourage you all, if you want to start a business, to allow yourself to believe in miracles. Don’t get distracted by negativity or petty slights; assume the best in people, and forgive everyone everything.

Remember that no one is in charge of your happiness but you – and this is especially true when you decide to start a business. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

Even if your market is saturated and the obstacles are high, if you believe in what you’re doing, if you find a way to deliver exceptional products and services and delight your customers, you will find a way to succeed. That truth – that all of us as entrepreneurs have the power to shape our success and create the lives we want – is the biggest cause for the gratitude of all.

On behalf of the entire team here at Corpnet.com we wish you a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

–Nellie xo