Five Key Steps to Starting Your Business
By David Montieth
Global access of the internet has created an opportunity like never before, literally thousands of business opportunities are available by typing in a few short words in Google. How do you decide what is best for you? Well, as with everything else that people do there are only a few key steps to success, but it all starts with you. Before you get started it's important that you decide what it is you want out of your opportunity. The odds are the same in starting a new business today as they have been for a very long time. Are you willing to do what it takes to beat the odds? Where do you start? The following are 5 key steps to starting a successful home based business.
First and foremost in starting your business venture, it is imperative that you know why you are getting started. In our lifetimes we all dream of owning our own business for many reasons, many never get past the dream stage and it is more wishful thinking than a dream. But, for you to successfully persist in your business, it is imperative that you understand why you want to start your own business, it is only when you truly understand this, that you will have the will to be consistent and persist when things get tough. So, i ask reason do you have that is compelling enough to set you aside from the other 90 percent who start and fail? This really is a key step. If you are trying to overcome a temporary situation, it is not a big enough reason. You have to be willing to pour your time and any available resources into your business in order for you to succeed. Nothing in life comes to the person who expects it for free or little effort so, conquer the first challenge and define your dream so big that you will be willing to do whatever it takes to get you started, keep you motivated and persist through the slow times.
The second step is to do your research. It is important to find that business that appeals to your sense of being, what are you willing to invest your time in? Remember, this is your life and time you are investing in so it's important that the business appeals to your values. My personal experience has led me to understand this more than anything, I have tried different network marketing ideas over the years, I learned a lot through the systems and support systems, but until I found an opportunity that appealed to my inner sense of value I struggled. It really was not that the health benefits of the product were not of value, there are many great products and innovations out there that appeal to as many people as there are online, so, chose the opportunity that tugs at your heart and adds to the dream led you to start your business. It's been said in many ways that when you follow your heart, you can not go wrong. So chose wisely and invest in a business that not only adds value to your life, but one that you value with your life... because every minute you put into it, you are investing your life in it, make it count.
What are you willing to give up? The third thing that is very important as you venture into the world of an entrepreneur is that you do have to make some changes in your life. If you value American Idol, more than you value your dreams and goals, you will never succeed in anything but finishing off that bag of chips you sat down with. Again, this all comes down to what you value most but you do have to give something up in order to succeed. I am NOT saying sacrifice your family time and taking time away from the things you hold dearly, but you will have to prioritize your time and your money to make your business grow. Success comes from the process investing in your future, so find those things that add little or no value to your life and wean those out and start carving out time to build your business. I highly recommend that you read a simple but powerful little book called The Twelve Pillars, by Jim Rohn. In it, he does not suggest you give up your day job, but, it is the hours after you help make someone else rich, that you have the opportunity to create something for yourself and your family. Again, it is important that you add value to the lives of those around you!
Consistency! You will never succeed at anything if you do not develop consistent systems to build your business. You need to be consistent. Set your goals, prioritize your time and take consistent action toward achieving what you set out to do. Consistency builds momentum in your business. If you want to build your business fast you will have to consistently put a lot of your time and energy into it. If you want to build it strong, you will have to be consistent in reviewing the foundation, your values and goals that keep you on target to build a successful business. Failure comes easily to those that do not persist at what they chose to do. I have seen countless people come and go but what they do not do is consistently do the small things to set the stage for a successful business. It is important that you make the time you are going to invest in your business count, so determine the steps that add value to the customers that you are attracting, and consistently put your efforts into those things that help it grow. As your business, grows you will be thankful that you invested the time to develop systems to be consistent. Every successful business has systems in place that "automate" their business. Treat your fledgling business like a big business and invest in and develop systems to maximize your efforts and help you be consistent at what you do. Your initial systems may be as simple as an early morning brainstorming and to do list to set your daily goal, checking your list regularly and keeping track of your time and effort will help you make the corrections and spot activities that do not add value to your business or your customers.
Finally, you are investing a part of your life in a business, enjoy it! Smile, take time to appreciate the opportunity in front of you and make the most of it. We have all been around that sour person at work or some other place that just does not seem to enjoy anything in life. In fact, it at times seems that the main source of joy in their lives is to point out all the unfortunate events that affect their day. Don't person, if you already love your job and go about it with a smile on your face, you are the kind of person that will be able to draw and attract others to your business. Share that enthusiasm and enjoyment with others and you will grow through the toughest of times. It is true for all of us, we all have the "Seeds of Greatness" within us, it really is up to each and every one of us to make the most of those seeds, to prosper and grow with our businesses.
If you are serious about changing the course of your life and starting a business, take time the time to do it right. I have said (not always done) "It takes less time and money to do it right the first time". What is important is that you when you decide to become an entrepreneur, that you do it wisely and honestly. It is only then that you truly add value to the world around you and you reap the rewards that you seek. Make the most of the time you invest in your life, share it and grow it enthusiastically and your dreams to will come true.
David Montieth. Entrepreneur, Engineer, Manager, Business Owner, Network Marketer. A student of successful marketing systems, self improvement and consistent in his efforts to help other succeed. Learn more about how you to can start your own business.
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