Starting a successful home business is an exciting prospect that most women will dream about…probably whilst getting up at the crack of dawn to get the kids to the childminder, whilst rushing to the train station, whilst being stuck in traffic on the way to the office, or perhaps whilst being told what to do by an ungrateful boss…
And more and more women are taking the next vital step necessary to change their life and stepping into the fulfilling world of entrepreneurship…they chose a business and they get going…
However, whilst it’s a wonderful dream, it’s true that not everyone succeeds as an entrepreneur….I know, as I have been through failures myself, however, having lived these and come through to the other side, and having spoken to many other successful women who have done the same, I now believe that there are several factors that make the difference between failure and success, and I’d like to share 8 of the most important ones with you…
1. Follow Your Passion
Having a profitable business takes more than a hope and a prayer. The women (and men) who succeed all have a consuming passion for what they are doing.
Something that I struggled understanding with for some time was ‘Don’t chase the money – chase your passion!’ Chasing money will not bring you money…just frustration and usually failure!
It’s very important to give plenty of consideration to your passions in life and the type of people you want to help with your business. Knowing your reason ‘why’ you are doing what you do is one of THE most important factors between failure and success.
Consider your own life…what type of people are you naturally attracted to…with whom you naturally have an affinity? What are your loves and passions in life…could you turn it into your business? What is your life purpose…what is it that you’d love your life to stand for?
Being passionate about what you do and having a ‘bigger picture’ to aim for, will give you the determination and drive to push you through the inevitable obstacles and fear you will encounter on your way to success, and give you the motivation to succeed. However, the best part is that when you follow your passion, work no longer feels like work…it is fun and absorbing!
All successful entrepreneurs have a positive mindset. Successful people in general do not moan and focus on failures and the negative. Successful people always look for the positive in any situation.
This mindset allows successful entrepreneurs to find solutions to their problems, rather than be overwhelmed and crushed by them.
And the good news is that a positive mindset can be learnt. So surround yourself with positive people whenever you can and read motivational books, listen to motivational audios and change the way you think! Gratefulness attracts more to be grateful about. Successful thought attracts more success! Successful entrepreneurs know this.
3. Start With The End In Mind
When starting your own business, it is always important to work backwards – start with the end in mind.
Too many people start a business so that they can have more freedom and end up with a business that eats into their evenings and family life!
So, from the off, write down on paper what you want your business to look like. Do you want to purely work during school hours? Do you want to have your mornings free to go to the gym? Do you want to work face to face or online?
Then create a detailed written business plan. Plan properly and set yourself weekly goals. Be realistic about the time you will need to have everything in place and succeed. This allows you to keep focused and not panic when you are not making a million in the first month!
Build a business where you can achieve the end result that you desire and a working day that you love!
4. Stay Focused On Your Objective
It’s all too easy to spread yourself too thin and be a ‘Jack of all trades’. It’s important to have a niche and offer your products and services to that niche…and don’t start promoting to ‘everyone’. When you try to sell to everyone, you generally end up appealing to no-one!
So, think carefully about your niche – choose one that suits your objective. Who do you want to work with or have as your clients? Then direct your marketing to them, and don’t waiver!
Give your business time to gather momentum (no business is successful overnight). If you have chosen the right niche, your potential clients will feel your passion and naturally be attracted to you.
5. Get Outside Help
Life can be HECTIC!…especially if you’re a busy mum!
Don’t be a martyr. Get help where you need it!
I know I had to ‘do it all’, but seriously, if you want a successful business, it’s not going to happen if you’re stressed and exhausted!
If you need a cleaner – get one! If you need to get your children looked after 2 mornings a week – do it!
As we said above, your mindset is extremely important to your success, so take care of yourself…this could be the difference between failure and success!
6. Get Sleep & Eat Well
I have one word for you ‘MINDSET’…again!
Hydrate your body and your brain will perform at it’s best, eat healthily and you will FEEL really good about yourself.
Lack of sleep leads to irritation, frustration, lack of concentration and a negative outlook…enough said I think!
7. Get A Mentor
You think you can do it alone?…Well, good luck!
I do understand that you want to prove you can do it alone, but seriously, don’t go there!
Asking for help shows strength of character and a mentor – someone who has already been successful at the thing that you want to be successful at – is an absolute must!
You can read books and read about the way to do it, and you should! However, the knowledge stored within someone who has already been through what you are going through and has found the way through to success and can share that with you 1-1 is invaluable.
I didn’t realise how extremely important this was until I joined the Six Figure Mentors (SFM). This knowledge has also allowed me to understand what is really required for my own clients. Nothing helps others like total understanding through having experienced it yourself, and step by step guidance…PLUS a business model that is proven to work of course!
8. Google It!
These days you can literally find anything you need on the internet. So, don’t forget to use this resource every day to help you to get things done and speed up your journey to great success!
Youtube is an invaluable resource for ‘How to…’ information. There are also so many apps out there to make almost any job online easy peasy!
So don’t struggle…remember, just google it!
To Your Success!
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