The Something-For-Nothing Syndrome

Written by Angela Wu

You've had a long day.

You're tired from working all day long and tired of having to watch every penny you spend. Forrepparttar millionth time, you wonder what it would be like to work from home and make good money while you're at it.

A lot of people understand and share these feelings. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get caught inrepparttar 118004 trap of expecting 'something for nothing' - you've worked hard, you've heard allrepparttar 118005 good things about how people are getting rich onrepparttar 118006 Internet ... isn't it YOUR turn? Heck, if OTHER people can do it, why can't you?

You can. Just don't fall into these common traps ...

__Looking forrepparttar 118007 Easy Way Out__

Some people expend a great deal of time and effort looking for justrepparttar 118008 'right' opportunity, thinking that this one mythical and magical opportunity will instantly transform their lives.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING. Sure, there will be opportunities that suit your personality and skills more than others ... but ALL of them require hard work and staying power. None of them will make you rich by working only 3 hours a day, and none of them are 'automated cash machines'!

Forgetrepparttar 118009 endless and ultimately fruitless search for that one magical opportunity. Pick a good opportunity - or create one of your own - and then commit yourself to working hard. Instead of wasting effort *looking* for opportunities, putrepparttar 118010 effort towards *building* one.

__Expecting Everything For Free__

'Why should I PAY for something when I can get it for free?' I've heard this so many times thatrepparttar 118011 phrase sometimes echoes in my dreams.

The Internet is an excellent source of free information, no doubt about that. When you're building a business, though, you can shave off MONTHS from your learning curve just by making a few smart investments.

The problem with free information is that there's so much of it. How do you manage it all? Do you haverepparttar 118012 time to sort through it, compile it into something that you can USE, and then finally act upon it - if you're not too tired or frustrated by then?

How To Survive Your First Year in Business

Written by Brett Krkosska

What'srepparttar best way to create a profitable business? A business you really love that makesrepparttar 118003 kind of money you really want?

Planning, planning, and more planning.

Before jumping head-long into a new business, you must layrepparttar 118004 foundation for long-term success. A good foundation is rooted in a solid plan.

Many new businesses skip what is perhapsrepparttar 118005 most important part of a solid business plan... assessing individual strengths and weaknesses.

But does a self-assured, go-getter such as yourself really need to do a self-analysis?

Research has shown that many businesses collapse in their first year because of inadequate planning. A thorough self-assessment isrepparttar 118006 first step in planning a business which lasts well beyondrepparttar 118007 first year.

What happens if you skip this first step?

Picture yourself standing on a grassy knoll looking out upon a desert - a sea of sand. You must cross this desert to reachrepparttar 118008 cool, refreshing waters onrepparttar 118009 other side.

You begin your journey inrepparttar 118010 brisk, night air. The warm sand feels good between your toes. But then, you feel a nip at your feet. It is a creepy creature ofrepparttar 118011 night which has mistaken your curly little toe for a frisky, hopping snack.

A thought... should have planned for boots.

It then occurs to you that your little toe will become quite curly tomorrow whenrepparttar 118012 sand heats up fromrepparttar 118013 blazing sun.

Not a pretty picture, is it? Ya gotta plan. Bare feet at first... great for comfort. Boots for later on... that's thinking ahead.

The questions below will help you to prepare yourself... for business.

A. Why Do You Want To Start Your Own Business?

Understanding your motivation helps you to see pastrepparttar 118014 romantic notions of being self-employed. The questions below have no correct answer. They are different for everyone. Just look at your answers critically and evaluate how important they are in choosing to start a business.

1. Do you want better work hours? If so, what hours do you want to work?

2. Do you want to be your own boss? If so, why do you want to be your own boss? e.g. creative freedom, current boss is a Neanderthal, better use of your skills...

3. Do you want to improve your financial condition? If so, by how much? How much income do you want every week? Every month? Every year?

4. Does your current job leave you unfulfilled? Why? Can your desire to be self-employed fill this need? In what ways?

5. Do you have a business idea in mind? If so, why did you choose this business?

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