Do You Have What It Takes To Be Successfully Self Employed?
One of the questions I get asked quite often is “How did you become self-employed?” People seem to think it just magically happened one day. What they don’t realize is that it has been a journey from when I first made the decision to become self employed to when it actually happened. And I’ll be honest. Watching my working friends in their many different careers, I am extremely happy that I did make the self-employment decision. But it’s not for everyone.
How do you determine if being self-employed is for you? Let me ask you one question. How badly do you want it? You see that one answer will determine if you will be successful not only in owning and operating a business but in everything you set out to do in your life. This question can be applied to quitting smoking, losing weight, meditating, building relationships, giving back to your community and much more.
If you answer the question I just asked you I am ready to be self-employed BUT, you’re not ready so don’t waste your time. Anytime you use the word I want to BUT, you are making an excuses. Excuses will keep you right where you are.
Now if you answered the question I am ready and WILL DO what I need to do, let’s get you started. First things first if you are currently employed you will need to MAKE the time to get what needs to be done in a day. Prioritize by the money. What? You’re starting a business because you’re passionate about A, B, C? Guess what? If you aren’t making money, you may as well close your doors right now. Bottom line is you have to make money to be successful and STAY in business. That business will allow you to be passionate about whatever it is you are passionate about. For me, my passions are giving back to my community particularly for kids and animals.
The best tip I can give anyone that wants to be successful is focus on what you KNOW you have to get done that day. If you have to bring on clients to make sure the bills are paid, then that is what you focus on. Prioritize by what brings in the money to keep the doors open. Sometimes for even the best of us we have a tough time staying on task. Here is the tip that I use to this day. Set a timer for 20 minutes and work on that particular task for 20 minutes – nothing else. When the timer goes off, get up walk around for 5 or 10 minutes then repeat until the task is complete. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in 20 minutes.
What are you waiting for? Set your timer and get moving. You CAN do this!
To your success,