Remember we talked about Leadership and Change in my last blog? I promised you to share with you my story of two hats. Its about you transformation from Social Worker to Entrepreneur. Well here it is!

I’m sure you’ll like it and that this will help you to make the transformation from Social Worker to Social Worker Entrepreneur more easily!

The transformation from Social Worker to Entrepreneur is a really BIG change in your life. If you’re open for this change you’ll notice that it’s not easy to transform in this new identity. One of the things that you might struggle with is indecision. You’ll notice that there are many decisions to make to build your business:

  • who are my specific clients?
  • what do they need?
  • what will I offer them?
  • what will be my brand?
  • how will I communicate with my clients?
  • do I need a website?
  • what will be my pricing?
  • etc.

My students in the “Basics in Entrepreneurship for Social Workers” training program are trained to build their business step by step. Each step requires from them that they take decisions. If they are able to make fast and bold decisions they will be better entrepreneurs. To make this more easy I’ve created a story of two hats.

You have two hats

One hat is the hat from the Social Worker. That’s the hat you’re familiar with.

The other hat is the hat from the Entrepreneur. That’s your new hat. This hat feels uncomfortable.

When you’re working with clients and solving their problems you probably wear your Social Worker hat: you’re full of love for your customers and pouring your heart out to help them. You want to give your clients everything they need. So this is a very important hat.

But you also have this other hat: your Entrepreneurial hat. An entrepreneur knows he has to make decisions to build a business and grow a business. A lot of these decisions are about things that are new for you: your market, branding, pricing, promoting campagnes, packaging your products, your investments, bookkeeping, and so on …

If you try to make these decisions with your Social Worker hat, you’ll have a hard time to decide and you risk shillyshally.

You have to wear both hats and learn when to wear your Social Worker hat and when to wear your Entrepreneurial hat.

In the beginning you’ll incline to your Social Worker hat and want to wear it all the time. Also because you start your business from your dreams as a Social Soul. But once you actually start building your business, like my students in the Starter Training do, you have to get used to your Entrepreneurial hat. In our Student Support Group we help each other with these magic words: “chop chop!”.

The good news is that the more often you wear your Entrepreneurial hat, the more it will fit on your head.

And then at some day you’ll realise that you’ve completed your transformation and that you are both: a Social Worker and an Entrepreneur.
How cool is that!



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  • Misty

    This was very helpful as I am in the process of gaining my CPEC (Certification in Personal and Executive Coaching). I have been practicing Social Work for 20 years and have experience in foster care, hospice, clinical, adoption approvals and many other areas but I am not completely satisfied working in an environment that is limiting to what I can do. Did I mention, I was also a Social Worker in the Air Force. So I have tried many avenues and after a period of at least 2 years, I began to recognize doing the same thing day in and day out was not satisfying. I feel that I need to be able to reach more people, specifically women, to help them reach their goals as they transition in their lives and careers. This article has helped me to recognize the areas of indecisiveness and to be more purposeful about building my business. From micro to MACRO…dream BIG as I take small steps to reach my goals!
    ~Breaking Dawn LLC

    • Anneke

      Hi Misty, I’m so glad that this insight helped you to get further. This is so true: Dream BIG and take small steps. Keep moving and growing!

  • Inge

    Good read. Thank you, Anneke!

    • Anneke

      You’re so welcome Inge.

  • Saskia

    Thanks, Anneke!!

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