Natali Pupovac-Peters is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Southwestern, Ontario. She is a Franchise Consultant with FranNet. Natali is in the business of putting other people into business – literally! She works with people who want to become business owners and explore franchise opportunities as a way of achieving that goal. We are excited to share Natali’s Success Story!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I honestly don’t think I remember a time that I wanted to be anything other than an entrepreneur. I’m not sure if this is because I grew up with an entrepreneurial Dad, because early on I recognized the benefits of being my own boss, or because it was a career that was off the ‘normal’ path.
However, even though I knew this was something I always wanted to do, it wasn’t an easy path getting to this point. I completed my education, worked for a small business as well as a large corporation, before I had the courage to take the leap into entrepreneurship. I think my biggest inspiration was the lifestyle that I knew I could have and the lifestyle I can give my kids as a result. I’m not talking about money, but about the flexibility to spend the time with my kids and my husband when I choose to and not when my work allowed me to. It’s about spending the day with my kids if they’re sick or taking that family vacation and not having to worry about whether I can get the time off, or whether or not my boss will be upset about it. So even though I always knew I was going to be an entrepreneur, it was having control over my days, my income and my future that inspired me to finally take that leap.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
It’s definitely the control – having control over my time, my income potential and my future.
My husband works all sorts of crazy shifts and he works out of town. It was critical for me to have the flexibility to work around his schedule in order to make sure that our kids were always taken care of and that we could give them the opportunities that they need, even if they don’t fit into the typical 9-5 mold.
Secondly, I like being in control of my income potential. I didn’t like my income being tied to industry standards, but rather to my work ethic and work quality.
Lastly, having control over my future. It’s funny because most people out there consider entrepreneurship risky and working for someone else more secure. Yet, I would argue that the opposite is true. Many of my clients are individuals who have spent 20, 30, and 40 years working for someone else just to be laid-off due to various reasons. When you work for yourself, you don’t have to worry about that. Your promotion is also not tied to company policies or subjective performance reviews. It is only tied to you and the things that you do day in and day out.
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