I hear all the time from people who feel stuck in the 9 to 5 and want to start a business, but they have no idea how to get there. The first thing I ask them?
What do you like?
What are you good at
So many people can’t really figure out how many things they love can actually make for a successful career. Believe me, I understand. Never in a million years did I think my decorating and DIY hobbies could turn into a 7-figure business. We are all programmed to take the formal steps of a corporate career. You go to school, graduate, get a job, and work to get that promotion. The good news is that you CAN start a business based on your passions, but it will take thinking outside the box.
Here are 3 steps to discover your goal, define your mindset and get started:
- Take out a pen and paper. That’s right. You will need to physically sit down and write two lists. The first will be a list of things that you are passionate about. Don’t even think about how that will translate to a business in this first step, just list whatever comes to mind that you really enjoy doing. Then make a list of the things you’re good at. Write it all down on a piece of paper. When you compare the lists, what do you see? Now is the time to think about what all of this could potentially mean.
- Join a group of brains or find a network of like-minded people. I joined a coaching group for about a year and a half in my business. It made all the difference. When I started to hear what other people were doing and saw how these companies were making money, it changed my mindset. I started to think outside the box on how my talents could translate into sources of income. Being a part of these conversations made my dreams more tangible and within reach.
- Be prepared to invest. I’m not necessarily talking about money. I started my business with nothing. No loans, no big money. I started at $ 0. I invested some of my own money, but overall the investment was time consuming, although I didn’t really have it. It really is about wanting your business so much that you will do anything to make it happen. What are you willing to sacrifice to make your dream come true? It can start slowly as a side business or even just sacrifice small things like a restaurant dinner in order to pay for your web host. If your desire to be an entrepreneur is strong enough, you will find a way to achieve it.
Set limits and clearly define your goals
Once you’ve determined your goal, it’s important to set clear goals for what you want your business and life to look like. Remember, when it comes to your business, you set the rules. There are also tons of other considerations that you will want to take into account once you define your mindset. For example, I have found that there is a lot of flexibility in owning and managing businesses only online. Once you’ve done the initial groundwork and hired people to help with marketing, shipping, and other capabilities, just about anything else can be done on the go. I plan things in advance so that my free time is mine. And if my team really needs me, everything is accessible from a smartphone.
Many people dream of becoming entrepreneurs for the freedom they will have, only to be constantly consumed by their business. The truth is, the key is to keep everything in balance and not be afraid to hire help when your business grows. The good news? When your job is something you love and are so passionate about, you wake up every morning excited for the day. It doesn’t seem to work.
Written by Brooke Riley.
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