“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
I started my own home based business just under 2 years ago. I have had successes and I have had disappointments. Running your own business is not easy. For every yes I have gotten I bet there have been 50 no's. But I keep going. Why? Because I see the potential. Because I am determined. Because I have seen others and their success and I know I will achieve it also. Giving up is not an option! I might not be an "instant" success story but I will be a success story. "Instant" isn't always better or even good. Compare instant mashed potatoes to the real thing that takes time and preparation and there is no contest. Instant coffee to beans that you have ground yourself and took the time to brew just right. The same applies to business. Taking the time, having patience and building your business the right way will prove to be a successful path to where you want to go.
It may seem weird that someone that hasn't "hit it big" or is an "overnight success" would be writing an article about small business tips. But being in the middle of this business and journey, I have the same struggles that most home based businesses have and I want to share a couple of simple, easy to forget tips.
1. Find a business you use, love, have passion for, etc... Don't start a business selling or doing something that is not a part of you and your life. I use all of my own products and love them. I can honestly recommend them because of the way they have helped my life improve. If you don't believe in your company, it will never get off the ground.
2. Be prepared to fail at some things and have disappointments. I had to realize that it really isn't me and sometimes not even my business that people were rejecting. The whole "right place, right time" concept really does matter and they may come around later and be the perfect fit.
3. Attitude is everything! I used to tell my kids that and then I started this business and got jealous of the girl that hit it big after really doing nothing, got mad because people made commitments and then backed out, and got hurt because friends I thought would support me didn't. Once I started to change my attitude, started thanking God for the things that are going right, for the customers I do have, for the leads that are coming in, then my business has started to grow. Slowly but it is going in the right direction and that is better than a lot of others in this economy.
So, there are many other things needed to make a small, home based business work: money, time, energy, some business sense, etc... Bottom line is if you are willing to work hard you can succeed in having your own business. Reaping the rewards, knowing you accomplished it, is the best success you can get!
If anyone is interested in my company and what they offer, just ask!