Thursday, April 14, 2016
Start Your Small Business Today – 4 Excuse Busters
But, but, but.
You’re just not sure you can. You think about and think about it.
You know what this is called, don’t you? PROCRASTINATION!
- Do you have the drive?
- Do you have the money?
- Do you the skills and/or knowledge?
- Do you have a business plan?
The questions can go on and on.
The interesting thing about businesses online is that a number of them can be created for a minimal financial investment. Sometimes no money is needed.
The crucial element, more that time, money, or anything else, is to take that first step.
Don’t have the drive? Create a plan and read it every day. Take action steps every day. Once you see your time and effort paying off, you’ll become more and more motivated.
Don’t have the money? Start low-scale or go for a business that doesn’t involve any money. A number of service businesses can be started for very little cost.
Have something in mind that will cost money?
There are government small business grants that you can look into:
You might also look into small business loans.
And, there are even big business contests you can enter:
Wells Fargo Works
Chase Mission Main Street Grants
Don’t have the skills or knowledge? Think again.
It’s common knowledge that if you read just one book you know more on that topic than the majority of people. This makes you an expert on that particular top to a lot of people.
This is a start. Build on it.
Money Smarts says there are two ways to take it further:
1. Read one book per month on a particular topic for one year.
2. Study the topic each day for half an hour for a year.
Make it a ‘learn as you go’ strategy. You can do it.
Don’t have a business plan? Create one.
There are lots and lots of ‘how to’ business plans and examples out there. Just do a Google search. You can also find examples through:
U.S. Small Business Administration
A Remarkably Simple Business Plan from Copyblogger.com
A Simple Business Plan from Entrepreneur.com
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