Should I Start a Home Business?
Do the GROUNDWORK
G is for Go•to Gal
Running a home-based business is all about you.
You. You. You. You.
The first thing to consider when thinking of starting a business (or if your business is in struggling) is your health and well being. You are the go-to gal. (Or guy.) You need to be emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually healthy. Running a home business takes its toll in each of these areas, exacting a price from you. When you are on top of your go-to game then the demands will not outweigh what you can deliver. If you are shaky in these areas then your business will be as well.
Things don't have to be perfect but they should be in place. If you are physically facing a health crisis it is not the time to start a business. If you are going through a traumatic situation with your children it's probably not the time to start either. Get yourself to a place where those areas are "settled". Here is a quick quiz and some specific areas to evaluate your condition of wholeness.
Quick Go•to Gal Quiz
Q1 Do I feel rested and ready for the day on a regular basis?
Q2 Do I maintain healthy eating habits, diet and weight?
Q3 Do I have a time or place that rejuvenates and relaxes me?
Q4 Do I have a calm coping manner when faced with problems?
Q5 Do I have enough reserve energy from daily activities that adding extra duties will not deplete me?
Q6 Do I exercise enough to improve and maintain a condition of fitness?
Q7 Do I have a great capacity for thought in many differing circumstances?
Q8 Do I come to conclusions that don't conflict with my convictions?
Areas to Evaluate
• Eat - Make breakfast a minimum obligation of the day. Develop and eat a healthy menu that is easily combined and consumed.
• Relax - Schedule a small amount of time each week on something that requires nothing out of you. Relax. You need a place or time that gives and doesn't take.
• Cope - Lay claim to coping techniques that give a high degree of success in difficult situations. Create personal patterns that leave you cool, calm and collected.
• Energy - Raise beyond the requisite capacity for vigor and vitality. Business necessitates energy levels beyond your current expenditure.
• Exercise - Set an exercise program that is effective as well as enjoyable. Then it's likely to happen. Maintaining fitness keeps one's body in a condition of readiness.
• Intellect - Acquire knowledge, make sense of situations, and distinguish the details to keep the mental juices flowing. The power to think is the life blood of your business.
• Ideology - Explain your individual ideology and establish it as a guide for business behavior. Exhibit conviction in your credo especially in conflict.