HARD WORK IS THE MISSING INGREDIENT
Can an idea come to a successful fruition if the person has no business experience, no plan, no money and very few acquaintances?
I believe that many small business owners start with the same “lack of a foundation” when starting a new business. Usually an idea is growing into something more than a thought; It can grow into a dream and then into a passion.
My passion is to help small businesses succeed and as our tag line says, “No Small Business Left Behind”, I scheduled a meeting with such an inquirer this week.
I listened to his personal story and to his dream, the type of business he wanted to start and why. The concept had merit as it served a need that was not currently available to his potential target market.
I spent the next hour, first talking about the time commitment needed over and above his full time job and then the ground work that had to be laid in order to acquire starting capital. I also explained the “stepping out of his box” requirement which was necessary both for capital acquisitions as well as the marketing of his proposed service.
At the end of two hours he stood up, thanked me for my time and said he would look elsewhere for someone who can suggest an easier way to get his business started.
Starting a business, on a part time basis, while maintaining a full time job is like taking on a second full time job. There is no magic way which will avoid the foundation building requirements.
I drove back to the office thinking about the many great ideas that could have impacted the world but never saw the light of day due to an unwillingness to work.
“Stop doubting yourself. Work hard and make it happen!”
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