Did you read all stuff about New Year resolutions in press? Articles on what to do, how to lose weight, how to detox, how to diet and how to save money. Are you fed up of sight of them?
Its true that Christmas and New Year is a time for reflection and taking stock. It is often only time that you have a few quiet days away from work to think about where you are and what you want to do. And it is equally true that a lot of people do make decisions about things they want to change in their lives.
Generally if you want to make changes to your life it falls into one of three areas: making more money, having more free time or having more fun/a better life. Most of new year resolutions we hear and read about fall into last category and relate to improving your personal situation for example losing weight or getting fit.
However, a few people do look at bigger picture and decide they want to do something completely new. If this is you your reasons are probably a desire to take control, have more money, totally change your lifestyle, and often means chosen to achieve this is to start your own business.
So if this is you Ė then how do you make it happen? It is true that you can create a life with more money, more free time and more enjoyment by running your own business, but where do you start?
What does it mean to you?
So youíve decided you want to run your own business? What does that mean to you? Think about what it means in terms of your lifestyle, time you want to spend and what you want to achieve, as well as what precisely you want to do as a business.
Do you know? I hear from quite a few people who have decided to run their own business or work from home but donít actually know what business they want to be in! If this is you donít worry Ė youíre not alone.
Clearly until you decide you cannot move on to next stage of actually getting going, so if you donít know think about what you enjoy doing, what skills you have and what experience you have. What could you do with these? And donít just think about obvious things Ė you donít have to just ďgive yourself a jobĒ doing what you did for your last employer.
Talk it over with other people, they will see different things to you so will give you a different aspect on your thought process. If you donít have something of your own perhaps you might want to look at buying a franchise Ė there are many different types of business available.
Do some research. Look into type of business you want to run and find out what is happening in industry, where demand is and how you could fit into that.
Once you know what you want to do, you want to get it right first time if you can. We have all read statistics about new businesses Ė some 80% of them donít make it. So how to you give yourself best chance?
How do you make it happen?
In order to get your business off to best start I think there are a number of things that you can do. In a nutshell they are planning, passion, people and practicalities.
Firstly passion - will you be doing something that you enjoy? I hope so! If you donít answer yes to this question, then why are you thinking of doing it? If you enjoy what youíre doing it will seem a lot easier and you will ultimately be more successful than someone who doesnít.
Secondly planning. This comes in at all stages of setting up and running your business and at many levels. To start with you need to look at your goals or vision for your business. Once you have a clear picture in your mind about what you want to do think about what you want from business and what you want to achieve. This will be different for everybody, we all have our own goals and ideas so donít worry about what anyone else thinks or wants. Are you looking for an income, a high profile, a good reputation, or any combination of these and other things?