Home Business Start-Up: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

Really things can get tough at any point in the transition to the idea of starting a business, to being engaged in actually running it. Just the fact that you would take a risk and would keep trying to progress, this makes you strong and the more energy you give it the tougher you get. First you will be expending more energy, and if it is for something you want, then you will do it with joy.

You could have always chosen to rest on your laurels and accept the status quo of your day job and the whole 9-yards that goes with being ‘normal’. You may have done just fine. But you wanted more – to do more, to have more, to be more. You are a “tough cookie”, and hence, you are unlikely to fail. If you lose a few battles, oh well. You will ‘pick yourself up and dust yourself off’ — You will always keep propelling yourself forward. You will create momentum that will likely effect additional facets in your life beyond business.

Even being tough doesn’t necessarily make you perfect. You will likely make mistakes and of course hopefully they will be small ones. Mistakes are only lessons. Sometimes they can be the best teachers because they are emphasized by your having had direct experience, and suffered the consequences, vs. reading about it from outside in a book.

We should take stock of our mistakes and try to analyze why or how they happened. What could we have done differently? What will we do now? These answers may take some research whereby you actually find alternative resources that will ultimately solve the problem in the future. So in line with the characteristics of a successful winner we will see each obstacle as only a challenge to be overcome.

The tough don’t take much time to elaborate on negativity. They see it and analyze it only in so far as to understand it so that they can release it and grow forward. They don’t accept defeat and they certainly don’t let it slow them down. They barely skip a beat because their energy remains focused on overcoming and moving ahead.

So you can start toughening up from the get-go – what is going on that you feel that you need to have more than you do – that you know you can accomplish more than you are at this time? The way things are we can’t just leave every job that doesn’t meet our every expectation. That’s something we may have to accept in order to see the ‘big picture’. When you can see something like this as a ‘means to an end’ rather than the end-all, then it will not seem so bad because you know you are on your way up, up and away!

Be Happy and Start Your Own Home Business

We spend a good percentage of our waking life working. That is one reason it is important that we feel some happiness and/or satisfaction in what we are doing. Sometimes you really have to talk yourself into it because the situation is not all you would hope it could be, but it is your life and you have to live with it.

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It is human nature to want more than we have or to feel we could do more. This may even be what motivates us to go ‘the extra mile’ to take control and change our situation for the better. Note that successful or not, just the fact that you are making an effort to take action above and beyond what is required, says something about your strength of character.

No matter what the situation, it is important to realize there is much to be thankful for. It may help to make a mental list of these things. If you have your health then you are blessed. If you have a loving family there is another blessing. Even very basic things that we take for granted definitely shouldn’t be. Not everyone has water, food or shelter and we are so fortunate if we do.

So just based on the fact that you can work – you have a way to support yourself, for better or worse, you should be able to consciously feel good about your life. If your job doesn’t make you feel happy and satisfied then you need to see how it could be a lot worse without it. So maybe that is the reason you can try to do more than just cope.

With that said, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from trying to exceed your current situation; so again, be happy while you make an effort to change your plight, by for example starting your own business part-time, and building it up with your long-range target goal being to support yourself entirely from your own endeavors.

You may not be crazy about some of the tasks you may need to do for your own business. In fact it may take you a while to realize you are working without pay while you are starting it up but it is more than OK! It is important to be able to convince yourself to be happy with it. Certainly have fun with your business if you can. Almost certainly you will find that the atmosphere of working from home is far and away more pleasant and creative than working at job day after day.

“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” Albert Einstein

Are You Serious About Your Home Business?

You may kind of look at your home business as a ‘hobby’ because you already work a full-time job. However if you don’t want to waste your precious time there are some things that you can do to ‘train’ yourself to get and stay serious. The home office environment can be one that is more relaxed and comfortable than a regular job. However you are accountable to create a business atmosphere during the hours you are working.

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Maintaining a professional space starts with having a clearly delineated area that is only your office. Even if this means only a desk in the corner of another room, that space should be used exclusively for business. It should be organized and neat at at least two points in your work day – the start and end. The less time you spend shuffling through a pile of paper to find something the more time you have to both be productive and to relax when you are done.

It is very important that your home office space is healthy. This means for one thing, well-lit. It has been proven that people are more productive and positive with bright lighting. If at all possible to have windows open then you also have air, which has been proven to be necessary for all life. Get some whenever you can. You also need good, indirect light for your work area.

Your eyes are under a strain especially if your home business is a second ‘job’. Be sure to look away from your computer to something as far away as you can at least once every hour or so to decrease the strain on your eyes and corresponding muscles from focusing on one small area too long.

Be sure to have your eyes checked often. If you need glasses for the computer or reading, get them and wear them. Having tinted lenses really helps with the burning glare of the computer screen and florescent lights. Having less eye-strain will make your work easier.

Seriously, there are conditions of the eye that are completely controllable if not curable – but only if you catch them in time. You only have two eyes and you need both of them ideally. So treat them as a precious gift.

Another thing that can cause you to be distracted and less focused, is not having the correct chair. Be sure your chair arms line up directly with your keyboard and mouse. Your arm should not be down or up – straight forward and flat is the best way not to put pressure on your wrists. If you don’t have a footstool, you can use a phone book because lifting your feet slightly puts less strain on your lower back from sitting for hours on end.

You may take all these things for granted and believe they are not important; but the most important element of building anything is the foundation. You want to start with good habits and make sure you are taking care of the boss (you) so that everything runs smoothly and successfully. These things don’t always come naturally, but need to be cultivated.

While Making Money Can Be a Hobby, It Isn’t a Game

If you work at a demanding full-time job and have a gnarly commute to boot, you probably are not real enthused about spending more time working to start a home business so you can be making money on the side. However this is the very thing you should be doing. It may help to look at it as a hobby – one that you are interested in and find to be a fun project that you look forward to.

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The motivation doesn’t even have to be making money – you can imagine not having that grizzly commute and just working from home someday, kicked back with your feet up, enjoying the journey as much as the thought of the eventual destination. The point is this could be critical someday, so find a reason to love it and pour whatever is left of yourself by the time you get home into it.

We can never know what is around the corner. Whether it is going to be something that helps or something that hinders. Therefore we need to be prepared, and making the most money now, while you still can, is a wise decision. There is a whole laundry list of possible disasters of varying magnitudes that could befall you and your family. If you had some money saved and/or an alternate way to support yourself well-established, landing on your feet would be a lot more sure.

So many things that we may have grown up being accustomed to are either gone or in a precarious state. You just never know what will happen to the company you are depending on to pay you a pension. Their investments can tank just like your own. There is no longer the concept of ‘too big to fall’. We have seen the biggest corporations fall to their knees and it can happen to individuals as well, as a result.

We saw what happened to millions of people in the last ‘recession’ where people lost their money on the stock market and even lost their homes that they worked all their lives to buy. We saw people who were reaching retirement age realize they had insufficient retirement funds and instead of planning a trip to Cabo they find themselves looking for part-time jobs for senior citizens. It’s just tragic. It’s heartbreaking to imagine looking forward all your life every day to something that is only a mirage, built with ‘funny money’.

What is the risk for you to invest your spare time in starting a home business to start making money so that you can feel a little more secure? For one thing, if nothing catastrophic happens where you need the money, you may be pleasantly surprised when you see you actually have enough money saved to buy something you really want but felt you couldn’t afford, like a new car or to take a vacation now while you still can.

The bottom line is it isn’t a game – if you are going to start a home business you need to take it seriously. Your home is a ‘kicked back’ environment, and lots more relaxed than the hostile corporate or retail work environment; however this could mean that you have to even more so be really determined and focused – absolutely committed, so that you will stay motivated to take care of business.