Can you believe tomorrow is the fourth of July already? This year has flown. And in the spirit of Independence Day, we've created an entrepreneur's declaration of independence to inspire all you budding small business owners out there. Share your own in the comments!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (This part stays! Why mess with a good thing, right?)
We have the right to purse our dreams.
We have the right to be nervous about stepping off the corporate ladder to start our own businesses.
We have the right to create our own jobs and do work that makes us happy—whether that's starting your own stationary company, constructing tables from reclaimed wood, opening the first Indian restaurant in your hometown or building a kick-ass inventory management software.
We have the right to participate actively in our communities to support policies that help make small businesses stronger.
We have the right to laugh in the face of 9-5 workweeks, to make our own schedules and to take time off to breathe and recharge with our families. (Bring on the barbecue!)
We have independence from the paperwork and red tape we've left behind at our desk jobs.
We have the right to see the business world differently—that doing good and turning a profit can be complementary goals.
We have the right to celebrate our small victories with big fireworks.
We have the right to feel grateful to be able to follow our passions, create jobs and change the world.
Happy Fourth of July, everybody!