Yesterday we dove into the topic of discovering if you have what it takes to build a business. We talked about the fact that not all businesses are good for all people, and that there are factors you need to consider before deciding if a home business is for you. Hopefully you thought through yesterday’s list and are ready to tackle today’s. There’s homework at the end, which will help you take a big step toward being ready to build your business, so get ready for that. But before you get started, here are a few more questions you’ll need to consider.
Are you willing to live “differently” than your friends?
If your friends don’t have a home business, they may not understand the changes you’ll soon be making in your lifestyle. Are you willing to cut back on the time you spend visiting with friends, running errands, and being busy with events outside the home? Turning down social engagements is difficult when your friends don’t “get” why you have to say no. They may not understand why you can’t just “do your work stuff” another time. Are you prepared to explain to them that you treat your business just like a job, with office hours that you honor?
Are you willing to be proactive and depend on your own efforts?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean for you to depend on your own efforts as opposed to depending on God for your provision. No matter what you do in your business, God is the one who gives the increase. But are you ready to be the person who makes it all happen? From the marketing to the product or service delivery? It doesn’t have to be a big, scary thing to take on this responsibility, but you do have to be willing to be “at the helm”.
If necessary, are you willing to give up some of the lifestyle you’ve grown accustomed to?
If you’re currently a stay-at-home mom and not needing to earn an income, you’ve got a few freedoms in your schedule that you might lose if you decide to build a business. You may be accustomed to taking the kids to the library or park on a whim, or meeting a friend for lunch while the kids play. While I consider these all wonderful things to do, you won’t have as much time to do them if you’re building a business. Some of the freedom to choose your activities will be given up in leu of having focused time to work on your business.
Do you have or can you get your family’s (husband’s) support?
This includes emotional support as well as financial support. Will he cheer you on? Willingly spend the evening with the kids so you can work? Eat pizza a little more often while you’re in the steepest part of the learning curve? Will he support you in prayer in this endeavor? Building a business can bring a couple closer together or further apart. Do you have the kind of marriage that will grow stronger through your new venture, or will it cause extra strain? Nothing comes before your marriage, so please, don’t let your entrepreneurial dreams damage your marriage.
I hope I haven’t scared you off. This may look like a daunting list. But if you’re reading this series then there is something inside you that is ready to build a business. If you deal with these questions ahead of time, you’ll give yourself a head start on the road to success.
- Go to the next page in your notebook.
- Title it “Do I have what it takes to build a business?”
- Take some time alone and think about each of these questions in detail. Answer them in your notebook.