My cousin Brian recently posted an article titled 5 Ways To Test An Entrepreneurial Idea. It was full of cute and inspiring ideas on how to succeed in the world of small business ownership. “Research an analogy, contact your prospective clients” and my personal favorite “visualize it.” When I read the last one I choked on my cup of Ramen Noodles that I was slurping down for lunch.
As I write today I reflect deeply on the instance I made the decision to start. That moment allowed me to begin a journey. A journey marked by tears, laughter, disappointments and occasional triumphs. But most importantly, a moment that enabled me to struggle but swim against the harsh currents of business Entrepreneurship. After I was forced into the pool, I realized that I had always possessed the potential to swim. But yet I was stuck at the edge, paralyzed by fear and weakened by excuses.
Once you have secured a line of income, you are going to want to get a second and possibly even a third line. It is never a good idea to count on just one job when working from home. Even if you have worked with the company for years, the work you can perform without being in the office might have slow or even non-existent times. Having a few other sources for your money will keep you financially stable. This is where research and marketing really come into play.
First and foremost, many people assume that working from home will mean fewer distractions. After all, people who’ve worked in offices know that when you’re in a rush, the last thing you need is co-workers coming to ask for something form you, or just to chat. Or how about those difficult coworkers that you just wish you could avoid contact with? If you Single mom, you’ll be free from those distractions and difficulties, right? Well, you can be if you take appropriate steps to deal with other potential issues.
B.Define the hours you want to work right from the beginning, this can obviously be adjusted if needed later on, but have an idea of when you want to start work and when you need to finish to switch to mom mode. Most online jobs do not require a specific time of work, that’s the beauty of working from home. However there are a few that may need you to answer calls for example and therefore incorporate your hours to meet your chosen companies time scales. Work out if you want to start as soon as the family have left for school or work, or if you have any small children do you need them to be in bed or will you have a carer for them.
Reality: For most startups to succeed, the entrepreneur must put in extraordinary hours, especially during the early stages. Every detail of the business requires attention from you and your to-do list will grow faster than it does at a 9 to 5 job. Carving out time for yourself will be necessary, but difficult because you will forever be thinking of the thousand things that should already be done, but aren’t. If you are looking to build a thriving company, don’t count on spending lots of time on the golf course, at least not in the first year or two.
Most of us work so hard also because of our loved ones. We want to be able to provide not only for the basic needs of our families, we also want the best for them. We want to give our children the best education, the best living environment, the best leisure and recreation activities and etc. However, how many people actually achieve this?
This is just the beginning of your journey to a “new” you. Put these best traits of entrepreneurship to work and you will be successful in little time.