With so much of the conversation in this election focused on what will make small businesses happy and motivated, I thought it might be valuable to get an entrepreneurial perspective. Not from a chamber of commerce lobbyist, talking head or rich chief executive who forgot what being a small business owner even means — but a real one.
I have been a business owner for all but three years of my adult life, as was my father, my mother, four uncles, two aunts and one cousin. Some preach small business. I bleed it.
First and most importantly; the profit motive is overrated.
Our motivation is not that different from anyone else's. Teachers aren't driven by a big payday and an ER nurse isn't likely to get a beach house in Malibu, but somehow they manage to make a career choice that isn't dictated by a profit motive. Those same forces drive small business.