If you have been contemplating starting a home business, now is a better time than ever to jump in and get started.
Starting a business has never been cheaper and easier, and with all of the recent confusion surrounding childcare costs and fee increases, a home business could provide the relief you have been searching for.
Here are five tips to help you get started:
1. Forget about “finding your passion”.
What reasons do you have for starting a home business?
Money? Freedom? Time with your family? Feeling creative? Excitement?
Whatever they are, if they tug at your heart strings and make you wish for the home business lifestyle, they are all the passion you need to make your home business successful.
You do not need to have a passion for something specific.
If you are wondering whether you have a passion for something you like; such as cooking, painting, writing, child development, coaching and so on, try this:
Immerse yourself in it.
Google it, watch YouTube videos on it, read about the science behind it. If you feel yourself getting more excited – then you’re passionate about it.
If you get bored pretty quickly, it’s safe to say you’re not. And if you’re not passionate about anything? Perfect. Start something..anything.
You may find that you’re passionate about building a home business. And how would you know if you never got started?
2. Realise that you DO have time
We’re all busy.
And we all get 24 hours in a day to achieve our goals.
No more. No less.
If you have a goal you want to achieve, you must dedicate your time to achieving it.
And often this means sacrificing other things that you spend time on.
For example, if you are a stay-at-home parent, it can be tough to actually stay at home. As soon as you have a baby you are inundated with invites to mother’s groups, playgroups and parenting sessions. And there’s a million other things you can do to fill up your time – from Mums and Bubs movie sessions to daily park visits, shopping trips, play dates and so on.
If you’re serious about home business, then you have to be at home (at least some of the time!) to work on your business.
You need to decide what’s important to you. Today it might just be to get out of the house. But in a year when you are forced back to work because maternity leave is finished, you may wish you’d spent more time working towards your home business goal.
If you’re a parent at work, you still have time. You just need to find it.
I have friends and clients that have woken at 3am to work on their businesses before their kids got up. Others who work through their lunch breaks and in front of the TV every night for a couple of hours.
You can find the time. It’s just a matter of how important achieving your goal is to you.
3. The best business ideas use your unique skills and qualities to help others
When clients come to me for business ideas, they are usually completely focussed on what they could do that they would enjoy.
This is a great start – but it’s not enough to make money.
Starting a home business is about understanding what you know and what you can do – and how you can use it to help others.
Every product or service that succeeds (from selling novelty items to hairdressing, baking, blogging, coaching, organising, taking photos, and so on) has one focus: making the customer’s life better.
Easier. Less stressful. More fun. Safer.
Something you know, something you are good at, or something you can learn can do this.
Work out what it is and get started.
4. Learn to do things yourself to save money
People forget their extraordinary ability to learn new things.
Whether it be creating a website on your own, designing your own marketing materials, or using Excel to do your own accounting – you can learn to do almost everything you need to run your business.
The Internet helps make it easy.
And if you commit yourself to learning something new every day, you can achieve more than you imagine – and save yourself thousands in the process.
You just need to believe in yourself and your abilities.
5. Find a mentor to fast-track your success
Business mentors don’t need to be expensive, and if you can find one to share everything they know about how to build a business quickly and affordably, you will save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run.
If you know someone who runs a successful home business, sit down and have a coffee with them. Pick their brain.
Ask them to share their knowledge. Most people are more than happy to help out.
And if not, find a great coaching service or business mentor that can provide you with the advice you need and then simply…get started!
What about you? Have you wanted to start a home business but haven’t yet taken the plunge? What’s holding you back? Feel free to comment below.