Know WHY you want a Home-Based Business
Are you thinking of starting your own home business? What is it you need first? I think you need to know WHY. What motivates you to set up a business from home? What are your dreams and goals? Do you want more than your current situation can provide?
Dreams are the things we don't yet have. They don't have to be "items" like houses and cars, they could be things like having enough money to hire a housekeeper, or having the resources to help with your church's mission program in a very real way.
It could be a dream to set up trust funds for your grand-children's college educations. It could be a dream to allow your husband to retire early so he can do the things he's always wished he had time for. The dreams will fuel your WHY. The dreams will keep you energized as you work in the details each day.
The WHY will be your reason. Why do you need to have business of your own as opposed to working for someone else? Is it because your dreams are bigger than your paycheck will ever be? Is it because you just know that given the chance, you could do so much more in this life?
Is it because you crave the freedom of setting your own destiny?
To get started, first ask the question: is starting your own business going to give you the answer to your Why and the fulfillment of your dreams?
Then follows a whole series of questions:
*what resources do you have currently to fund a business startup?
*what kind of business interests you? Are you good at building/cooking/sewing something? Do you have an innovative design for something? Are you good at talking to people? Do you want to help others? Do you need a business that is solitary...something you can do at the keyboard of your computer?
*Are you open to learning new things? Are you adaptable? Do you have an open mind to new ideas? Can you recognize an opportunity when it presents itself?
*Are you interested in opening a retail store...a franchise of an already proven product or service?
*Are you interested in exploring a startup? What is your risk tolerance?
*How much time are you willing to give? Do you have the resources currently to quit your job and spend time exploring options? Do you have to start something part-time? Can you travel?
Research is the key to starting. Examining your dreams and reasons why you want to start your own business and evaluating your needs, current resources and risk assessments are important. Finding that perfect fit takes time and research. But it's all possible by laying out a plan and taking it step by step. I know because I did it.