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Time to Start or Restart A Business

It is magnificent to start or re-start a business of your own.  There are millions of people all over the United States who want to start or re-start businesses of their own. It reminds me of a riddle I read on Facebook once:

Fact:   There were five birds sitting on a telephone wire. Three planned to go to Florida for the winter.

Question: How many birds were left?

Answer:   Five because planning to do something is not the same as actually doing something.

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If you have been planning to start or re-start a business, this is the perfect time to go from planning and get to actually doing it. In order to start or re-start your business make a plan, create a business plan. Your plan doesn’t have to be a long complicated document, but you should at the very least look at each of the following areas and put together a few sentences on each:
  • description and executive summary aka what will your business do and what are your qualifications for running the business
  • personnel aka who will be the staff, workforce, who will do the work at the business
  • marketing aka how will your business attract customers and make a name for itself
  • current finances aka what is your business’ current financial condition
  • financial projections aka what your business’ finances will look like over the next 1 to 5 years
When you take the leap from planning to start or re-start a business, you can do it in a variety of ways including:
  • quit your current job and go full force with the new business
  • continue to work at your current job and work at your own venture part-time
  • work your current job and work your business full-time as well (work two jobs)
The method you end up following will be based on a variety of factors including:
  • current financial condition
  • amount of savings
  • type of job you are currently working
  • nature of the business you wish to start or re-start
  • obligations to family and stakeholders in your life
Everyone is familiar with the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” is especially crucial when you are starting or re-starting a business.  Once you make the plan, the next step, the crucial step is to start carrying out the plan. In the Bible, we are advised that faith without work is dead. Similarly a plan without action is dead. If you have been planning to start or re-start a business,  get up and start, move toward your goal. Take some action. If you have been planning to start a business for quite some time, start moving. It’s like eating an elephant, one bite at a time, you can get it done, it is easy to do, easy to manage.
So, if you start taking action and just move one step per day toward your goal you will get there. In addition, the momentum of moving toward your goal, of starting or re-starting your business will keep you moving toward the goal. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what business have you been dreaming about starting or re-starting?
Janeane Davis

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  • I have sooo many ideas....sooooo many plans. Taking baby steps. This article was just the kick in the pants I need. Thanks lady!

    • Glad I could help. Stop back by and tell me how the business is going!

  • This is great advice. It is important to have things in place, like finances, when you're looking into a business venture. It could mean the difference between success and failure.

    • Yes, it is important to plan and get things in order before starting. At the same time there is a fine line between proper planning and planning to much and using the planning as an excuse for procrastination.

  • Good advice. I would also add to look for ways to swap services with someone. Right now, I'm working with a friend who is a financial advisor. I've also traded advice for a laundry list of folks. Your right. You have to take action. I tell myself that even small action steps will eventually lead you to your destination.

    • I like that idea about trading serices. When I write an update I will have to include the idea of trading services.

  • Thanks for starting with a fitting analogy about the birds. I struggle with re-starting or re-defining my niche - as well as asking for help with my business!

    • Joyce, you are so smart and so good at what you do. You are used to helping so many people. Let someone be blessed by letting them help you. People will be happy and honored for the chance to help you because you are such a helper.

  • I remember when I was younger, someone told me about people who are getting ready to get ready! That's what you story reminds me of. This is a great post. Sometimes people just don't know where to start and you provided a blueprint.

    • Thanks! I am glad yo uliked it. I like that phrase you used, getting ready to get ready, no one should stay stuck at that place.

  • I studied Entreprenurship in college. It was my minor. I feel with Chasing Joy I am finally exercising that entrepreneurial muscle.

    • Good for you! With Chasing Joy you have a huge area to exercise that entrepreneurial muscle!

  • This was just what I needed to hear! I have been talking about, planning and thinking about my business. I need to WORK it and getthings done!

    • Yes! Planning is nice, but we have to move from planning to action.

  • Love your anecdotes, especially the bird one! I am about to restart my t-shirt biz. I love the information you have given. Very helpful!

    • Glad I could help Carol. I see the photos of your shirts on FB, they are beautiful.

      • Thank you so much Janeane! It is my baby :)

  • Thank you so much Janeane. I have been reading my books that you promoted on previous blogs like, The Greatest Miracle in The World, by Og Mandino and I simply love the book; very informative and very educational. Now you come along with a total blueprint for starting or re-starting a business!! WOW! This information is priceless. I love my business of Affiliate Marketing and try to help as many people as the Lord allows me to. Thanks for this valuable information inwhich I shall use often and share with others.

    • Hanifah, I am so glad that I am sharing information you can use. You help so many people, I am glad to be a small, behind the scenes part of that!

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