Hey guess what? I think you should start your own small business! Probably today, because who knows what tomorrow will bring…
“Why me, why now”? Because there is no better time then right now, and there is no tighter security then being your own boss and being in charge of the work you do every day. There are many many opportunities out there just waiting to be explored and pursued, and it is your job to do so!
After developing a few small businesses that were profitable, I can safely say that if you are very attentive, highly motivated, and ready to work for yourself, you can do this thing.
Obviously, there is a lot of information out there, on the web, at government offices, from fellow business owners and family members – lots and lots of information to gather and sift through. But the essentials are pretty basic. In this post, I will talk about how I focus my attention on a specific business endeavor.
I strongly believe you need to have a passion for what you are doing. I don’t think your small business has to be your ultimate dream in life, such as becoming a rock star or becoming a TV chef, but you may find yourself arriving closer to your real goals then you imagined as you work your way through all the obstacles of being your own boss and running your own business. Remember, goals mutate and evolve. At one point in my life I was definitely interested in becoming a rock star, but that schoolboy wish eventually evolved and or regressed back into what I actually loved, one of the essential cores of my joy in life, and that was being in nature. From that understanding I realized that I would ultimately only be fulfilled if I worked with nature on a daily basis.
Recognizing what you truly want to do every day will probably help you along your journey toward self-employment then almost any other insight. Now that I can spend my days truly immersed in the natural world, I am very much fulfilled in many ways every moment, but of course we humans never get to our personal Shangri La, and some of my goals have evolved. Now one of my big goals is to build my wife and I a modest house in which we can live our indoor life in peace and contentment as well as warmth in the winter and dryness in the summer, but this is not so much a business goal, other than the success of the business drives my ability to accomplish this.
In any case, another sign on your path toward self-employment will be the praise of other – what do your friends and family think you are really good at? Take this praise with a grain of salt, though, because you need to make sure that you are actually good at whatever it is before embarking on the small business path. Start super small, before you register your business and so forth, and begin your cottage industry while having other sources of income available. You have to start now with this to get a good sense of what is possible.
If you have a talent that really shines, and you like doing it on a daily basis, and you have proven that you can keep at it – then it may be time to start developing the start-up business fun stuff – name, logo, business cards, and so forth. While you are working on this fun stuff, you should also begin the serious business planning which we will cover in the next post.
One thing to keep in mind – Dreams will guide you forward, but numbers will ground you in reality!