Start Your Own Business

Start Your Own Business

It is not easy to start your own business but such are the advantages that many millions of people do this every year. It has its advantages and  if you succeed it is great, but if you do not, it can be very disappointing and sometimes very messy. In the end, it all boils down to your frame of mind and the reasons for setting out on this path.

To start out on your own is not a “quick fix” or a “get rich fast” formula. The web is full of adverts promising instant riches leading to fabulous houses, cars holidays etc. They all seem to be variations on the same theme. Starting your own business without (almost) any work at all, all you need to do is pay us $xx and we will do it all for you. If you believe that you will believe anything.

So to start with, let me be straight. Starting a business is a lot of work, frustration, failures and despair, but it also offers a lot of hope, skills, hard work and maybe a bit of luck. However, if you do succeed in getting going, you get the freedom to do what you want in your life or with your life. You will be the boss and maybe you will be able to earn yourself a good living.

Is this worth all the effort, well, I think it is!

So what skills are necessary to start a business?

This is a difficult question. I believe that anybody can do it, but it does require consistent effort and some serious commitment to get the business up and going. The important words here are: COMMITMENT AND CONSISTENT! Sometimes things can go ahead quite easily, but other times it seems we are banging our heads against the wall. To overcome these potential difficulties an entrepreneur must have consistency and commitment.

However, we need other things to get our business off the ground. For example knowledge or capital could be key requirements. This could be easy or difficult to achieve.

However, there is plenty of “other stuff” to be considered. There are almost always methods to get what is required and often in this Internet World we can get it very cheaply or often free. However, no one else can provide the consistency and commitment required to build a business. There are a number of things which will limit us, for example, time, jobs and the other things we need to do.

It is, therefore, important to plan and analyse exactly what we need to do and maybe more importantly what we are prepared to do to achieve our aims.

If you have the knowledge use it, someone somewhere will be willing to pay you for it. If you have a skill, use it, someone somewhere will be willing to pay you for exercising it. If you need to know something, go and find out. If you simply can’t do something go and find someone who can help.

It is all out there, or at least most of it. All it requires is for you to decide on your course of action, determine what is needed and go ahead and do it.

Are You a Scatterbrain?

I must admit that even at my advanced age I have not been able to maintain a discipline of thought and action. When I first set up in business on my own, some 30 years ago, such was the imperative to use my time wisely and productively that I managed quite well and was usually able to meet my targets and timeframes.

Since I “retired” I have found it more and more difficult to come with a plan or task list and stick to it. As a consequence I find myself getting further and further behind with the things I intended to do.

Some time ago I came across a system called Simpleology which I started to use and then forgot about. I shall try to remember to start using it once more as I think it will help as well as doing a brain dump.

A brain dump is a technique which was suggested to me some time ago. It involves trying to clear your mind of all the “million” things which are to be done. Just set some time aside, difficult I know, and sit down with pen and paper or blank Notepad screen and list all the things which need to be done. Don’t make any attempt to prioritise or determine the relevance of items at this stage just empty your brain of everything which you think needs to be done.

Then take a rest, have a cup of coffee, walk the dog or do something completely unrelated. Then go through the list and remove those items which are trivial or unimportant or which on reflection no longer need to be done. Then prioritise the remaining items and select the three most important and get on and do them.

Once the three items are complete, review the list and select the next three important items and complete those. Continue to do this until the list is empty.

I tried this some time go and it helped. I shall do it again.

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Two Shots or Three?

I spent most of the afternoon rehearsing a play in which I have a small part.

My first and only entrance is preceded by the noise of a helicopter some screaming and some gun shots, all very dramatic. The problem I am having is that I cannot hear the dialogue because of the sound effects and also at the moment the number of gun shots is variable, sometimes two and sometimes three.

My dilemma is, do I wait for the correct number of shots before I go on or if there seems to be too much of a delay to go on anyway.

It struck me this evening that this sort of thing is the dilemma which affects all of us trying to make some money on the Internet.  Do we wait until everything is correct, the email we are about to send is highly polished, the opt-in form is  exactly as it should be and so on.

In the past, I have allowed this dilemma to delay things I have intended to do and on occasion stop me doing anything at all. With this in mind, I have decided that I shall go on after two shots and that when I have an idea for an email or blog post, I should write it and send it as soon as possible and not waste time thinking and over thinking exactly which I should do or say.

I had a word of advice from a friend of mine not so long ago which was that “bad action is always better than no action”. I have decided to act on that advice and go ahead and do things even though I am not certain that they can be as good as they can be. I can always correct them later. So here goes.