Editor’s note: Since September 2015, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January 2016 but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.
Days have never been longer. Managing my time has become a second job of its own the last year and a half. I continue to build The Learning Hub, but also stay involved in myriad other projects as my devotion to the writing, education and entrepreneurial worlds strengthens.
Balancing life and work is exhausting. Calendar updates, alert reminders and last-minute reschedules tangle my day into a web of organized chaos. By the end of it all, I have not only worked on keeping the momentum of the Hub strong, but I have also worked on my husband’s photography business, Brooklyn and Evian’s homeschool classes, and the hundred other side projects keeping me busy from morning to night.
In a city filled with inspiring stories and untapped markets in need of innovation, being an entrepreneur is the greatest gift anyone can give to themselves. Working for yourself or building a brand is not a task for the faint at heart. It is not just for the “visionaries” — a term that seems to flood the pages of “behind the computer” entrepreneurs on Linkedin, and one that I despise more than any other English word.
Catch up with Giselle’s most recent chapter, The movement keeps moving, or scroll down for more inspiring installments