A Few Thoughts On Labor Day

By Leanne Hoagland-Smith
Post-Tribune, Merrillville, Ind.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) On this Labor Day, author, speaker and executive coach Leanne Hoagland sings the praises of the entrepreneur.

Post-Tribune, Merrillville, Ind.

Labor Day is an annual tribute to the contributions workers have made to the “strength, prosperity and well-being of our county,” according to U.S. Department of Labor.

Given that 70 percent of all U.S. businesses are single office/home office entrepreneurs (non-employed), I am unsure if their 40-plus hours work weeks are counted in these statistics worldwide labor productivity statistics.

Personally, I know more single office/home office entrepreneurs than small business owners with employees.

These individuals have taken personal financial risks to turn their vision into reality. From farmers to artists to marketing consultants to website designers to financial advisers to attorneys to CPAs to personal concierge services to real estate agents to keynote speakers to business writers to sales coaches, they all work long hours to market and provide viable solutions to their customers. Their efforts continue to spur our local economy forward even during times of economic uncertainty.

These individuals demonstrate 24/7 leadership that shows how they lead by leading themselves first. They get up early and go to be late. Their work weeks extend beyond the traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
They can’t call in sick. Vacations are not paid time off. Paying for health insurance and retirement funding all come from their own personal sales efforts.

Our country has had a history of people who stood out for their ability to lead. President George Washington was an independent surveyor before becoming a general in the Continental Army. President Abraham Lincoln studied to be an attorney and was an unsuccessful business owner more than once.

If we look to the 19th century, we have Andrew Carnegie. His philosophy was a “rich man who dies rich, dies disgraced.”

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