It turns out that many entrepreneurs started their businesses not because they had always had that dream, but because some event in their lives made it seem like the right thing to do at a certain time. Information Week recently published an article about such people, Accidental Tech Entrepreneurs Turn Their Hobbies Into Livelihoods.
I’ve interviewed a number of this very kind of entrepreneur for my book, and not all of them based their businesses on their hobbies. But they were all spurred on to making a career change due to a life event — an injury, a layoff or parenthood.
Thanks to Jeff Cornwall for calling attention to these stories.
There’s also a well-written, very readable book titled “The Accidental Entrepreneur” by Susan Urquhart-Brown. Its subtitle is “Practical Wisdom for People Who Never Expected to Work for Themselves”.