Today’s guest post is written by Kelly King Anderson, founder of Startup Princess.
It is common for entrepreneurs to start a business because they felt “inspired” to do so. Perhaps an idea flashed into their mind and their heart said “Go for it! This is what I want for you! You will be happy doing this venture and bless others!”
They felt the concept resonate in a deep place within them and they wished to see it to fruition, not just for themselves but because they felt it was God’s will for them. They might even say that the business was part of their role here on the earth and held significant meaning for them as part of their life’s mission and purpose.
That was the case for me. Once upon a time (June 2006) I decided to start a blog and write about amazing women entrepreneurs and my own startup journey. The first step was to name it. I wanted something clever that people would remember. There wasn’t much planning or consideration before I tried to purchase a domain name so I literally just started looking to see what was available with the word “Startup” because I wanted to appeal to entrepreneurs.
The first domain name I tried was “Startup Moms” then I tried “Startup Women”, then because I was out of my own ideas– “Startup Pioneers” LOL then I thought “this is really ridiculous…I am trying anything and everything…let me stop and think a minute.” I considered… “Who am I? What do I do? Who do I want to reach? What do I believe?” Then in an instant the name, “Startup Princess” came to my head and feelings of love, joy, and excitement washed all over my body from head to toe. I was overcome with emotion. I knew the domain would be available and the second I purchased it God gave me a quick vision of what He wanted Startup Princess to become.
I understood that Startup Princess wouldn’t be a simple little blog of interviews about women, but much more than that, a worldwide organization with women mentoring women. The creative concepts unfolded quickly and I saw the powerful force that the organization would be. I was a bit surprised for this gift because it wasn’t what I intended when I went to purchase a blog domain name but there was no denying the feelings and emotions I had experienced. I knew without a doubt that God gave me this insight and inspiration and that He would manage all the details and He certainly has.
As I think about it, every good “idea” in my life has come from God—and I’m guessing it’s been the same for you. The beauty of being inspired to start something of any degree is that not only does God give us the great ideas to start, but He gives us the great ideas to keep going. I can’t tell you how many times a new idea has flashed into my mind to try a new approach, talk to someone, or move in a different direction. Praises to God that He keeps me going, pushes me forward when I want to quit and gives me the passion I need to fulfill my work.
Another way that God inspires us is through the experiences of others. Please share with us how God has inspired you in your life, business, blog, or beyond.
Kelly King Anderson is the Founder and Managing Director of StartupPrincess.com, an organization dedicated to serving and connecting women entreprepeneurs through a blog, events, retreats, and conferences. J Kelly offers faith-based business phone and email coaching. Janice Croze, co-Founder of 5minutesformom.com will be speaking at the Startup Princess annual conference in SLC on September 11th.