4 Steps to Start a Home-Based Business When You Still Have a J-O-B
You’re working at a full-time job that you don’t love and you’ve been daydreaming about a home-based business that allows you to live the lifestyle that you really want. But how do you make those dreams a reality? Where do you start?
If you really want to pursue your home-based business but you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time to answer these questions.
1. How badly do you want this?
Mindset is important here. Think about other times in your life when you’ve wanted something very much, you worked hard, and then you’ve gotten it.
- Maybe you really wanted to graduate high school or college, and you did it.
- Maybe you really wanted that house or apartment, and you got it.
- Maybe there was a certain kind of car that you just had to have, and now you’re driving it.
- Maybe you wanted more than anything to have a certain position at work, and you were promoted.
You get the idea.
If these things happened for you, then how did you get there?
Think back to what you had to do to achieve those successes and repeat them with your home-based business. Repeat what works.
2. What’s your “why?”
What is your big reason for really wanting a home-based business?
And don’t just say that you want to make money. It goes deeper than that. What will that money do for you?
- Maybe it will allow you the flexible schedule you’ve always wanted.
- Maybe it will give you the time you desire with your family.
- Maybe you’ll be able to pack up and travel on a whim.
- Maybe you’ll be able to pay down your debt.
Whatever it is for you, write it down. Now put it somewhere that you’ll see it every day. When things get rough, look at your “why” and it will help to re-motivate you.
3. What steps do you need to take to make this a reality?
Think about every single step you will need to take along the way and write them all down.
Perhaps you want to create and sell an info product. Then some of your steps might be to research your idea and target market, flesh out an outline, decided what medium you’ll present the content in, choose a platform to host that content, and where and how you will sell the product.
Maybe you want to make money blogging. Some of your steps might include researching a topic, creating the website, choosing a theme and layout and writing blog posts.
Those are just some ideas. Think about your home-based business and write down all the steps you’ll need to take to make it a reality.
4. When are you going to work on your business?
Now comes the part when you plan out and schedule the time to actually work on that list that you made.
You might be struggling here because you have so many other commitments. Maybe you’re still working your full-time job or you are raising your family. I get it. We’re all busy. But we all have the same 24 hours in a day.
This is why it’s so important to create a plan and schedule that works for you. Maybe you decide to get up one hour earlier each day to work on your business. Maybe you fit in two hours at night when the kids are in bed. Maybe you give up some TV or computer time and swap that for business building time.
Figure out some blocks of time that will work for you and put them on your calendar as your business building time. As you’re moving through your day, when that time block pops up in your schedule, grab your list of things that need to be done and pick one to three things. Now you have a plan of what you’ll work on during your business building time block.
Is it going to be hard? Yes. Are you going to be really busy? Yes.
But think about it this way.
Before you know it, you’re crossing things off your list and moving on to new things. Consistency is key here. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the steps ahead of you. Just focus on the next time block that you have and the tasks you want to get accomplished in that time. Progress WILL happen this way.
By making the commitment and putting in the effort now, if your goal is to ultimately run your business full-time and drop your J-O-B, this is going to pay off in the long run. Slow and steady wins the race. If you work on your business in small increments each week, you WILL see progress.
Alicia Jay is a virtual assistant mentor who shares tips, inspiration and resources, encouraging women to follow their dreams of having a business that works around their lives—not the other way around. You can find more from her at newVAadvice.com.
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