Do you have an idea where you can create social change with a for-profit business model?
ie: Do you have a business idea (that makes money) while also creating a solution for society?
Great! You're a part of a new revolution. Before we look at how important your idea is, let's go back in time a little.
While the days before the industrial revolution were tough (we didn't all own cars, certainly didn't have cell phone or wireless internet connection and a 'drive through' was a set of words that didn't even make sense together) there was value for individuals within the community where everyone was a business owner.
You see, before factories started filling our city skies with smoke, most people would provide a product or service for their fellow countrymen (and women). If you needed bread you would visit the local baker. If you needed a fresh supply of vegetables you would visit with your local farmer. If you needed clothes made you would visit your local seamstress. And if you needed an accountant you wouldn't go and see your local H&R Block.
People simply provided a solution to a need and in turn would charge for that product or service. They were all business owners.
It was only in the days which have proceeded the industrial revolution that we have received wages more commonly than we have 'worked for ourselves'.
With outsourcing our country's labor to both machines and tradespeople in other countries (namely India and China) I believe we are in the midst of a new revolution. One where we go back to working for ourselves instead of 'the man'.
In fact, we have already started to see that trend. It is said that female owned small businesses have risen by more than 20% in the last decade. There is phenomenal growth in the 'expert industry' where coaching is now a $2.4 billion industry and the network marketing industry as skyrocketed since the 70's.
While I'm not sure society will ever be without the huge conglomerates (aka: Walmart, Macys, McDonalds etc) we are starting to see a new trend of individuals who don't seem to be phased by their presence or their enormity.
What we are seeing is a new focus of individuals starting their own enterprises, but this time with a twist. By leveraging on society's technological advances, people are creating a business model that is for profit and at the same time are about creating social change.
No longer do you need to hunt out a job for a company (or more likely a nonprofit) that actually cares enough about society to provide a solution for it. Instead.. you can just start one yourself!
I believe we are all here with solutions to the problems the world faces. We don't need to wait for the government to fix the problems. Instead we can be the change the world needs.
In the coming months I will be launching a Story Series where a Purpose Driven Entrepreneur will be featured about the difference they are making. Stay tuned!
In His Purpose,
"I am committed to inspiring, empowering and educating women on being architects of change in the world, using enterprise as a vehicle - all according to their Purpose, Passion and Strengths."
"Find out what you love to do, discover what it is you do best & be an agent of change in the world. Now that's a life worth living!" Melissa Haupt.
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