Doing something you don’t love to do sucks.
There isn’t really a more delicate way to phrase it.
This is the reason that many people consider the option of starting a business from home.
Life really is too short to do something you don’t love, day in and day out. Most have been there, and far too many of us remain there indefinitely. It’s like the fear of the unknown paralyzes, and that fear causes you to make excuses as plans.
Do you know what those type of plans sound like?
There the ones where you say:
“Once I get a little more money, I’ll go ahead and get started.”
“Once my kids are a little older, I’ll follow my dreams.”
“Just as soon as I get the time, I’ll begin.”
Sound familiar? Our mind is a powerful tool. It debilitates us just as often as it propels us. Many times, our own fears are our worst opponent, in our rat race towards “success”. Starting a business from home definitely falls into that category.
Speaking of success… that’s as good as ever of a starting place for this discussion.
What does SUCCESS look like to you?
Is a monetary amount. Is it a material object, or certain conditions of living?
Hey, whatever gets you excited is your business… no judgement zone.
Whatever it is, just do me favor… well, three favors if you will. Ditch the lame excuses and get started. NOW (Cue in corny music and ad for online college degree…J/K). But really, doing these simple things will help prepare to start your business from home and stop putting it off.
Here we go….
1.) Write It Down
Grab a piece of paper; the back of a napkin; a blank word doc on your computer if you must… heck, open the notes on your phone and WRITE/TYPE your dream. That’s it. Just write down what you want to do. Draw pictures if it helps… make it a bullet point.. whatever. Just get it down on paper and out of your head. Once you’ve completed this process, you’ve officially taken step one of following your passion. Everything you do know will involve this main focal point. Read it. Visualize it. See it. Starting off with sound mind and solid foundation will take you far in your journey.
2.) Break It Down
Now that you’ve gotten you dream down, it’s time tear it apart. Start a free list of all the things it will take to accomplish your goals. These are called task. Rid your mind of any and everything you can think will be needed, and get them down on paper. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect, or if you don’t know EVERYTHING you need to do right now. That isn’t expected. What IS expected is for you to find a starting point somewhere… we’ll add the structure later. Once you right them all down, circle the 5 you think are most important for starting your business from home.
I once heard someone say “Read an hour a day in your chosen field and you’ll double your income”. Guess what… It worked for me. If you’re thinking to yourself “I don’t have an hour to spare,” then stop kidding yourself…. You have yet to find your passion. Once you find something you love to do, reading about it for an hour won’t seem like much. You’ll be thirsting for knowledge and eager to learn more.
This isn’t all it takes to start a business working from home, of course… But it’s a good start. I’ll follow up next week with more tips. I want to share with you information on every step of starting your business, including choosing between S Corp and LLC, and whether or not you need to trademark.
I look forward to traveling with you along this journey!