My background as an entrepreneur
My current challenges
I would like to find a mentor that can help navigate me through the planning and structure of starting a business, esp concerning taxes. Im a self educated life long learner so i spend alot of time researching areas that im unfamiliar with. Non profit is 1 of the few fields i havent actually worked in so ive gathered even more ideas to an already full pile that have yet to be logically orginized. Id like to have another person who also thinks creatively outside the box or who can at least be open to alternatives beside the norn. Someone with knowledge of human services, community advocacy & government programs/grants would be helpful. I need to be able to plan so that I am able to live and budget for my own survival while working on this. I am not wanting to fund personal luxuries but I do need to be able to be paid appropriately. I don't think that i am being unreasonable or expecting anything extravagant- just a moderate income that I am able to live off of, no more no less. I've always tried to help others even when I have nothing to give, I know that sometimes the smallest thing to me can be the biggest challenge to someone else & often the hardest to explain in order to receive. A huge problem I have had is allowing my own life to become caught up in attempting to help others. Especially when they aren't as willing to contribute to their own situation in a way that actually helps them. I have made mistakes & know that I have grown past them. I know I'm a good person with a good heart but unfortunately Also know the road built on good intentions. I was not raised to believe in being an entrepreneur so it's hard to find the confidence. But I know that I've got a gift that was meant for more & am convinced that my story will be a positive example to others on day; a story that builds a way when nothing was visible. In the past I know my setbacks have always set me up for comebacks that were unbelievably amazing. I am faithfully holding on every day to that concept- praying to be able to show my kids that patience & persistence will lead the way to brighter days as long as no one gives up hope & everyone puts in their share of work. A huge problem that I know I will face is the families that are only looking for help that doesn't require anything. And that's not fair either. Advocates are too often given that title but don't understand the lives that are being put in their hands. People clock in & out with my life, my kids lives, our future sitting in their inbox. I can't afford to take breaks when I am the only one on my team. I feel hindered but hopeful. Down but still driven. Misunderstood but not misguided. I want to leave this world so that my kids have options to create a life worth living. I want them to know a life that exists beyond poverty. I Dont want to leave them responsible for my debts in a negative way. I want my existence to have meant something better for others. I don't want my life to be something that my kids can't use to as an advantage. I want others to be able to recognize their own gifts & empower them to utilize them so the can succeed. I want families to be the focus of programs so there are more opportunities not programs that require families to fit a certain type of way. If we could allow for different types of supportive services that have funding flexibilities I think there would be more families that would benefit. There is a huge disconnect with services & the lasting effect. Often frequent fliers of assistance programs are counted many times as a number reported towards a total served. The fact they are needing recurring assistance at the same level should be a indicator of unsuccessful outcomes. There needs to be more appropriate reporting so that programs can be more appropriately designed. I understand that people are given assistance but if just leads them in circles how is that actually working? I feel that I am holding on to an idea that just isn't realistic - that politics & greed will always be given the tools that if used correctly could truly make a difference. That money will be given to fund lies that appear better than what's actually being done. That the requirements to receive such large funding will be simple & easily calculated without having to be responsible or act with integrity or be held accountable. As much money that is given out to organizations that is meant to help people it is disgusting there is such lack in appropriately following up which has created systems that ultimately have no follow thru. People have become numbers that aren't even counted in the correct capacity at this point. the fact that people like myself are so easily disregarded because they do not have family or friends to lean on for support is so unfair & yet so commonly accepted. The way things have always been done IS NOT working, it is only getting easier to tamper with the outcomes. So many annual reports are obviously cut & pasted every year with minor tweaks to appear successful. And that is acceptable because no one requires anything more.
Actions I’ve taken so far
Massive Researched available funding & development. Have separate ein established . I am hoping that I can partner with a parents club that has been established as a non profit so that I am able to bring my ideas into tangible & workable solutions; ideally I want to be able to be compensated for the time I spend or work I do without feeling guilty for doing so.
My future goals
To establish myself properly as a legit business entity. To have a plan with a timeline that incorporates my mission/ vison realistically. Something I can feasibly accomplish with what I have with each step I take. To be able to create a stable home that I can maintain so that I am able to focus on business goals. I want to utilize any opportunities so that I am able to be a living example of what I'm so passionate about. I want to not be defined permanently by temporary circumstances (no matter how long I have to struggle, I want my hardships to motivate me & not debilitate me.) I want to provide families with the support & assistance they are unable to receive due to their situation that disqualifies them from receiving it elsewhere. I want to give a voice to those that go overlooked, underserved & not supported. I want there to be better equipped employees that are held accountable for their work on behalf of families that depend on their position. I want information more easily available & more educating on both sides so that it doesn't feel like a fight between "us & them." I want to be able to support families so they are able to build a successful life- without judgement or restrictions.
My motivations to work with a mentor
I am a self educated life long learner that is still stuck in the target population that I wish to assist. I need help beyond what I know & have always been a little non traditional with learning. I think people are too often turned away because their struggle doesn't fit in a way that is accepted & therefore remain in a situation that could easily be changed by something that is considerably small or simple but is so unique or not traditional enough for anyone to invest in. I am hoping to find others that share my vision & are equipped to help me actually put out something that will be able to help more families succeed more & struggle less. (With a huge desire to also be able to survive & provide a stable home at the same time.)
About my venture
Creative Community Concepts
I love business & have experience in a wide variety of industries. My personal struggles passionately drive me towards nfp. I shy away from a board but all ideas ive got are charitable. Ive considered starting a business independantly, but unsure how to direct myself to ultimately do what i want to do, which is to support families (esp single parents) by providing resources & referrals while educating & empowering. I have many creative program ideas (could be new or innovative addition to an established program) thats concept is to involve the entire community. Ideally id prefer monetary donations mainly through grants & promote in kind giving with all businesses directly. Id like to dull the lines of social status by giving a more hands on approach to charitable giving & raise awareness while changing the stigma of what poverty actually looks like in *San Mateo County. Im very outside the box and creatively see things where others don't. I suppose im non traditional & so are the concepts I advocate for. I am currently in Tx but have been in San Mateo County, Ca. I've established an EIN number & want to proceed in funding so I can reach out for assistance to a bring my dreams to reality. My position is unique because I am currently facing challenges & hardships that are the basis for vision. I am driven & passionate. I am not stable, I know I will have what I need at the end of every day & will not let my circumstances define me. Although I am plagued with my own setbacks, it isn't pity or self doubt keeping me up at night. It is the passion & desire that I have to help others in situations similar to my own. So that one day families won't slip through the system, assistance can be accessible to everyone, non traditional support can be provided to those willing to work on their situation & organizations will be accountable for what they actually provide (& not what they advertise )
Countries of operation: United States of America