Are you in a job that you’d really like to change? Or are you at home and feel like you could be doing more with your life or your time? Would you like to work at home but feel overwhelmed by the choices and decisions you have to make?
Today, I want to share with you why I am self-employed and how working at home can help you pursue your dreams.
The Entrepreneur Bug
I suppose you could say I come from an entrepreneurial family. My mum and dad both owned and ran several businesses my entire life. My dad owned a juice factory and now runs a health clinic. My mum own a clothing store, an advertising company and then later, a beauty clinic.
I had living examples of being your own boss my whole childhood. And as inspiring as that was, it did have it’s ups and downs. My parents worked hard and it showed. They earned well and we were always provided for, however, but they did some tough times.
So when I decided to start my own business at the age of 20, I had seen how businesses were run and how accounts were kept and felt quite confident that I could make something of my music agency.
Since starting my own business sixteen years ago, I haven’t looked back. Things have changed since I ran my music agency. I’m now a performer rather than an agent. But I know I couldn’t go back to my 9-5 job working in an accounts company. Nope. No, sir-ee Bob! I’m very happy being my own boss. I LOVE my job! I could seriously do it for free – but let’s not tell anyone that shall we? 😉 And I love being able to be with my kids and homeschool them. I love working with my husband. And I love being able to work when I want!
How much do YOU want change?
I guess the first thing to find out is, how badly do you want to change your current situation? I’m not gonna lie to you. Being an entrepreneur isn’t always easy. You need to keep pushing forward through tough times and plateaus. And the people who make it work, are the people who persevere.
You’ll need to want change so much so that you couldn’t contemplate going back to your current situation. Whatever it is that you would like to pursue, you need to want it. Not just feel like you should give it a go because ‘well, why not?’. You need to desire it. Deeply. Enough so that it keeps you motivated through difficult times – because there will be some challenges in your pursuit. That’s the truth.
Find out what it is you’d like to do
Once you know that you really want to change your current situation and you’re willing to put in the muscle to achieve it. You need to find out what it is you’d really love to do.
Now I’m not talking about, what you could do to bring in some extra cash because you could really use some moola. Because if you only work for money, guess what – you’ll be miserable. It won’t keep you joyful, passionate and excited.
You need to find out what it is that inspires you. That fuels your creativity and passion. What you’d happily stay up working late at night for. When you have a job like that, you’ll seriously find it hard to retire!
I created a free printable for this exact purpose. It’s called Find Your Purpose and it’s in two parts. I recommend that you go through the worksheets so that you can discover your true passions and find that special vocation meant specifically for you. Download it now, it’s free!
Find out how much time you can sacrifice
Look at your week and work out how many fringe hours you have to work on building a business. Where do you have gaps that you can dedicate to this new venture?
When you’ve done that, look at what you have in your week that you can sacrifice. What can come out or be set aside, even temporarily, so that you can really get the wheels in motion for your new dream?
Once you’ve found those hours, consider them unmovable. This is your future. Although you probably won’t earn anything from the hours you put in at the beginning, treat it like a job. You need to show up for work and focus.
How much does your passion require financially
If you’re looking to start work at home because you need the extra income, you probably don’t have a lot to invest at the start of your business. Most businesses require some kind of financial investment, however small, before the first pay check comes in. That may be the cost of a website domain for a few quid or getting some business cards printed for you to give to potential clients.
Work out whatever the most likely costs will be at a bare minimum and whether you have that to invest. If you don’t, work out how much you can put aside so that you can reach this amount. I don’t feel any business should start in debt if it can helped. That’s not a good way to start off.
Get help to work at home
Once you know what it is you’d like to do. And you have a small budget set aside to cover any initial costs. It’s time to get help on how to start and grow your business so that you can work at home.
My husband said recently that;
a fool learns only from his own mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.
Don’t try to rely solely on your own knowledge. Use the wisdom of others who have gone before you. Learn from their mistakes as well as their successes. You will save yourself a lot of time, effort and money.
Learn from experts and experienced entrepreneurs so that you can be successful with your passion.
Your dream awaits my friend. Pursue it!