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By Valerie Miller
OK ladies, you know what my decision would be no matter how I felt about starting my own business. I would go for it! But that’s because I had the right answers to some very important questions before I began the pursuit.
It’s an amazing experience; building your dream and watching it grow into a successful business. But if you don’t have the passion or the wherewithal to make it through the hard parts then it will quickly turn into a nightmare. That’s why with the right information and a little soul searching, you’ll finally be ready to make the decision.
- Having an idea is great, but you have to ask yourself a few questions first to know how much you really want to pursue it
- If you’ve decided that this is the right move for you, then check out some things you definitely do not want to be doing once you get the ball rolling
- And then some things you most certainly want to be doing with that rolling ball
- And Instead of some tips about your Valentine’s Day, what about your single friend? Here’s how to show her some love no matter what she’s going through
It might sound like a reality check when weighing out all the pros and cons about starting your own business. But it’s just good sense and the early beginnings of a business plan if you ask me.
The best place to start is by asking yourself if what you want to do is something you can live with doing over and over and over again. If one sale pitch sold your idea for the rest of its existence you would go down in history, so get used to repetition in all of its glorious forms.
Writer Donna Maria Coles Johnson has a few more good questions to ask yourself in her latest article Is a Handmade Business Right For You?
For instance, do you know how much it will cost to get things started? Johnson suggests that even in today’s world with how inexpensive it can be to establish a web presence, you are going to want to have at least $5,000 to bank roll all of that.
Then there is that whole issue of having insane amounts of patience, not only to grow your business, but to keep it going through the rough patches.
Old Habits Should Die, And Fast
When you work for someone else, most of the time you get to leave work at work and hopefully enjoy the weekend off. You might even have some tricks for fooling the boss into thinking you’re busy at times.
When YOU are THE BOSS, you can’t lie to yourself, it’s bad for business ladies! That’s why in Kelsey Humphrey’s piece, If You Do These 5 Things, You Probably Won’t Make It As An Entrepreneur, you’ll see the big no no’s once you’re the big cheese.
Such as not putting hard work off until the last minute, just to get the instant gratification from easy, fun things that don’t first build a foundation. Create a balance in your work and make sure you don’t ignore what has to get done just because it’s tedious.
There is also the issue of trying to do everything yourself that runs a greater risk for failure. You need to ask for help when you need it and make sure you surround yourself with people who can be the strengths for your weaknesses.
This is also what scaling your business is all about as you now provide something to people and you’re creating jobs.
Now let’s get talk about Jeff Charles’ article, 4 Fundamental Keys To Success For New Entrepreneurs as a way to learn what kinds of qualities will help you start getting all of this done.
The word perseverance is one of those great literary words. It has to do with never giving up and always, always, always getting back up when something knocks you down. It’s also a trait that you want to have a lot of when starting a business. It will come in handy with that whole patience thing from earlier.
Along with patience, you have to possess the ability to influence people in better and better ways. You, “can’t succeed if you don’t know how to move others to action.”
All of these questions, habits, qualities, and do’s and don’ts will get you in the right mindset for your entrepreneurial aspirations. But they can also help when it comes to spreading the love this Valentine’s Day to the women in your life.
For whatever reason they don’t have plans this Sunday, writer Sophie Caldecott has come up with five great ways to make their day and remind them how much they mean to you. Check out the different types of women Caldecott has profiled to give you some great ideas on how to surprise them with love.
Chocolate is always a good idea though too, but the good kind! No Russell Stover’s or that other cheap stuff from the grocery store!