Things to Consider When Starting a Business

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The idea of starting your own business and being your own boss is immensely appealing to a lot of people because it’s often equated with freedom, unlimited potential, and the ability to control your own destiny.

The reality of being successful in your own business is a lot different the fantasy, however. I’m reminded of a musical line from the 2003 movie School of Rock:

“It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll!”

(It’s actually a classic rock song from the band AC/DC, but I associate it with School of Rock.)

But whether you want to be a rock star, a published author, or a successful small business owner, you need to be willing to work hard, believe in yourself, and keep trying until you succeed.

Read the biography of almost any successful musician, actor, entrepreneur, or business mogul, and you’ll notice several qualities and characteristics being described which average people don’t seem to possess:

  • Successful people view setbacks and “failure” as a temporary detour on the way to achieving their goals.
  • They recognize the fact that they’re not the only talented, ambitious, goal-oriented individual in the world, and that they need to continually find ways to improve, ferret out opportunities, create opportunities, and market themselves more effectively.
  • They don’t wonder IF they’ll be successful, they focus on WHEN.

So what are the main things to consider when starting a business? That’s actually a question I’ve given a lot of thought to since starting this blog, and have devoted several blog posts to the subject. I think you’ll find some helpful ideas and insights in these posts:

If you’re serious about starting a business, I believe you have to approach it with a sense of purpose and commitment.

As the character Yoda famously said in the movie Star Wars…

“Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.”

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on starting a business.

As you pursue your goals and dreams, keep this one thought in mind: “Persistence breaks down resistance!” (My father passed that along to me years ago, and I think it’s a great core thought to instill in your mind and reflect on whenever you’re tempted to get discouraged and quit.)

Best of luck!

—Joel
Freelance writer, blogger, entrepreneur
Website: Marketing Survival Kit

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Entrepreneurial Success Begins in Your Mind

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How powerful are your thoughts? Psychologists, philosophers, and spiritual teachers have been saying that the quality and content of our thoughts has a direct bearing on our potential for happiness, success, and self realization.

Many books, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, go into great detail about how this power can be harnessed to achieve success in any endeavor. The title of the book intrigued me, as did the first chapter:”Thoughts Are Things.” Even though that’s an ancient metaphysical concept that’s been around since forever, it may seem like a revolutionary concept when you first stumble upon it. For most people, it’s an unfamiliar premise because society and even pop culture tends to instill beliefs in us that run counter to the entrepreneurial spirit.

When I was growing up, there was a trendy expression which said “What you see is what you get!” It was kind of catchy (and it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously), but it also represents the kind of self-limiting, short-sighted attitude that prevents a lot of people from reaching their true potential.

The title of a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, “You’ll See it When You Believe It,” captures the essence of what it means to be a visionary and design your own future. The sequence of believing something before you see it is counterintuitive — but if it was logical, then everyone would be doing it! (That may explain why so few are willing to put their faith in an outcome that hasn’t materialized, yet.)

Inspiration Is The Starting Point

Since most people in this world are affiliated with religions that are “faith based,” it’s surprising that more of them aren’t able to apply the power of faith to more areas of their personal lives, such as careers and business goals. While I’m not promoting organized religion in any way, I do believe that we can accomplish more when we open our mind to the possibility that we’re part of something much larger than ourselves and that we’re not alone.

I subscribe to a daily inspirational email from Abraham-Hicks Publications. One of their recent messages focused on this affirmation: “By [giving] my attention to things, I am making choices.” I interpret that to mean “Choose your thoughts with care and cultivate only the ones that serve you.”

I’d also like to pass along a meaningful quote from personal development author Debbie Ford. In her book “The Right Questions; Ten Essential Questions to Guide You to an Extraordinary Life,” she writes about a vision she experienced while participating in a spiritual retreat. While meditating, she came to the following profound realization :

“Each of us has an internal flame that is the keeper of our life force. Each choice we make either adds to this force, making it stronger, igniting and feeding our flame, or diminishes the force, dampening our internal flame, reducing its power.”

Here’s my take on that concept: Since it requires a lot of motivation, mental fortitude, and inspiration to succeed in a small business, it’s necessary to continually feed your inner flame with uplifting thoughts, positive imagery, and self-affirming words. Once you’ve identified a potential opportunity and created a realistic marketing plan to build your client base, then self belief and persistence play a key role in creating momentum and setting a positive course for your business.

Note: I’ve recently begun devoting more attention to the topics of personal development, human potential, and spirituality in a new blog (about life) called Mastering Life Takes Time!

131 Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs

If you’re still looking for a business idea that inspires you, here are some possibilities to consider…

  1. Photography business
  2. Consulting
  3. Lawn care business
  4. Cleaning business
  5. Non-emergency medical transportation
  6. Landscaping
  7. Construction
  8. Graphic design
  9. Real estate
  10. T-shirt business
  11. Tutoring
  12. Catering business
  13. Retail
  14. Event planning
  15. Computer repair
  16. ecommerce (online retail business)
  17. ebay business
  18. Pet sitting
  19. Franchise business
  20. Clothing business/ Clothing line
  21. Trucking
  22. Food business
  23. Home health care business
  24. Personal training
  25. Web design
  26. Carpentry
  27. Wedding planning business
  28. Interior design
  29. Handyman business
  30. Medical billing and coding
  31. Cupcake business, bakery, cakes, cookies, etc.)
  32. Vending machine business
  33. Gym/Fitness center/Health club
  34. Painting business
  35. Greeting card business
  36. Marketing or advertising agency
  37. Party bus business
  38. Carpet cleaning
  39. Daycare
  40. Jewelry business
  41. Bookkeeping
  42. Craft business
  43. Recycling business
  44. Wholesale business
  45. Web hosting
  46. Mobile oil change service
  47. Property preservation
  48. Junk removal/ Trash removal
  49. Silk screening/ screenprinting
  50. Dog walking
  51. Paintball business
  52. Import/export
  53. Food truck
  54. Tax preparation
  55. Security guard services
  56. Bail bonds business
  57. Flea market business
  58. Window cleaning
  59. Pressure washing
  60. Rental business
  61. Coaching
  62. Delivery services
  63. Real estate investment
  64. Swimming pool maintenance/cleaning
  65. Taxi service
  66. Photo booth business
  67. Lead generation business
  68. Virtual assistant services
  69. Locksmith services
  70. Printing business
  71. Roadside assistant business
  72. Restaurant
  73. Wine business
  74. Spa business
  75. Welding services
  76. Background check business
  77. Recruiting business
  78. Cell phone business
  79. Moving business
  80. Furniture business
  81. Janitorial services (commercial cleaning)
  82. Cell phone business
  83. Manufacturing business
  84. Social media services
  85. Balloon business
  86. Dog breeding business
  87. Hair salon
  88. Home inspection business
  89. Financial planning
  90. Personal chef services
  91. Property management
  92. Crime scene cleanup business
  93. Boat charter business
  94. Senior care services
  95. Candle business
  96. Dropship business
  97. HVAC business (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)
  98. Distribution business
  99. Candy business
  100. Shoe business
  101. Plumbing
  102. Courier service
  103. Floral business/ flower shop
  104. House flipping
  105. Gift basket business
  106. Remodeling
  107. Sign business
  108. Answering service
  109. Snow removal
  110. Pest control
  111. Roofing
  112. Gymnastics business
  113. Resume writing services
  114. Cell phone repair
  115. Horse training
  116. Solar panel business
  117. Car rental business
  118. Rental property
  119. Sewing business
  120. Tour business
  121. Pizza shop
  122. Electrician business
  123. Hotel business
  124. Tax preparation / accounting business
  125. Limo business
  126. Soap business
  127. Home staging service
  128. Linen rental business
  129. Used car sales
  130. Lingerie business
  131. Dog grooming

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on small business ideas. I hope it’s sparked ideas and motivation for getting started on a path of entrepreneurial success!

Feel free to bookmark this site, follow this blog, pass it along to others, or add business ideas to the comments section.

Contact me if you have any questions, inquiries, or feedback!

Best of luck in all your marketing and small business pursuits!

–Joel
Freelance writer, blogger, Internet entrepreneur
Visit my website Marketing Survival Kit

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the websites, software, digital products, and services featured (and/or linked to) in this blog.

Note: Starting and owning your own business entails a degree of risk that can be affected by a number of things, including competitive factors, timing, your financial resources, relevant skills, business management ability, the local economy, and other conditions. To properly set up and run a small business, it’s often necessary to consult with a qualified accountant, an insurance professional, and a business attorney.

Mentoring programs and free small business advice is available from SCORE. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers online training modules, articles on starting and managing a small business, and information on loan programs, government contracting opportunities, and getting local assistance.

4 Basic Steps to Starting a Business

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If you’ve ever read about or reflected on Zen philosophy and the Law of Attraction, you realize that pursuing and achieving goals is more of a journey than a destination. If you don’t find the journey itself to be engaging and motivating, then there’s a good chance you’ll lose your momentum and quit.

Having faith is also a component of making progress in life and getting ahead: faith in yourself… faith in your unlimited potential… and faith in unseen forces that motivate, inspire, and propel you forward every day.

Did you ever see the Christmas classic movie Miracle on 34th Street? A line spoken by the character Fred Gailey distills the essence of what faith is and why it’s so fundamental to our existence:

“Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris [Kringle] that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles”

When it comes to pursuing any goal or dream, I think a lot of people get so overwhelmed by all the details and tasks they have to do, that they get discouraged and stop trying. Not only do they undermine themselves with their own self-defeating thinking, but they also allow themselves to be influenced by the negativity from others.

The best, most concise advice I’ve ever heard, thus far, is Nike’s brilliant three-word slogan:  “JUST DO IT!”

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Granted, it’s possible to create problems for yourself and others by taking those words too literally. For example, it’s not wise to just plunge into an undertaking or pursuit without giving it a little thought and consideration.

In my opinion, the underpinning of that philosophy is that entrepreneurs need to be action-oriented and spontaneous, but it’s also vital to base your spontaneity on planning, research, personal integrity, ethics, and other values. If that sounds like a contradiction, then all I can say is “Life is a paradox! — so deal with it ;-)”

Clarify and Live By Your Values

Speaking of personal values… If you’re not sure what your values are — or if you feel they need clarification — then check out these free worksheets from Russ Harris, the author of the book The Confidence Gap. He lists and describes 58 personal values and provides exercises to help guide you in your quest to identify and live by your own set of personal values.(Note: I’m not affiliated in any way with the author or publisher of this book. I’m just passing along this resource because I believe it’s useful. BTW… I did read the book The Confidence Gap, and I’m ready to read it again! Like many self-improvement/personal development books, it contains strategies and ideas that need to be reinforced. If you read any self-help book just once — especially if you don’t take notes — it probably won’t change your attitudes, negative belief systems, and behavior patterns. While it may be true that “old habits die hard,” they can be changed and replaced with productive ones. One of my favorite motivational quotes is “Persistence breaks down resistance!”)

The minute you fully grasp the power of persistence , you’ll no longer be searching for the secret of success.

Recommendation: If you’re looking for more inspiration and motivational quotes, visit Brainy Quote.com. (I’m not affiliated with them, but I love their website! It’s meticulously organized, contains a wealth of meaningful quotes, and is presented in a lighthearted and visually appealing way.)

Update: I’ve recently begun devoting more attention to the topics of personal development, human potential, and spirituality in a new blog (about life) called Mastering Life Takes Time!

Steps to Starting a Business

So getting back to the title of this blog post, the four most basic steps to starting your own business are as follows:

  1. Do some self reflection to make sure you have the tenacity, motivation, personality, and initiative to start your own business. Most people are much more suited to working for someone else than being self employed.
  2. Decide what type of business you want to start, based on your interests, talents, passions, skills, and financial resources (and needs).
  3. Create a plan and implement it (Oops! That’s actually two steps, if not much more!)
  4. Persist until you succeed and then keep going … assuming that you’re finding the work and the results you’re producing to be fulfilling, rewarding, and personally satisfying.

But, What Business Should I Start?

The question “What business should I start?” is something only you can answer. Everyone has a different work ethic, marketable skills, knowledge, ambition, financial needs, money to invest, and opportunities.

Since that question is a stumbling block for many entrepreneurs, I’ve created a list of small business ideas that will hopefully help you narrow your focus and identify some possibilities worth pursuing.

  1. Cleaning business, such as housecleaning, office cleaning [Business manual]*, janitorial services [How to get started*]
  2. Photography business [Learn wedding photography techniques*]
  3. T-shirt business [Get 700 T-shirt designs*]
  4. Consulting business
  5. Catering
  6. Landscaping
  7. Dog walking/pet sitting business
  8. Lawn care/lawn mowing [Tips and techniques*]
  9. Online business
  10. Construction business
  11. Real estate
  12. Clothing business
  13. Food truck business
  14. Tutoring business
  15. Vending machines
  16. Website business
  17. Event planning business [Steps for getting started*]
  18. Jewelry business
  19. Painting business
  20. Retail
  21. Trucking/transportation business
  22. Ebay business
  23. Cupcake business [Startup plan*]
  24. Bookkeeping
  25. Craft business [How-to get started info*]
  26. Credit repair business
  27. Handyman business [Startup manual*]
  28. Party planning business
  29. Property preservation business
  30. Recycling (metal, plastic recycling, etc.)
  31. Import/Export
  32. Home health care
  33. Cellphone business
  34. Marketing
  35. eCommerce
  36. Wedding planning business
  37. Computer repair
  38. Personal training
  39. Web design business
  40. Baking  business/ cake business/ bakery/ cookies
  41. Blog business
  42. Daycare center [Helpful tools: Daycare management software*]
  43. Fashion business
  44. Marijuana business/medical marijuana
  45. Pest control [Startup manual*]
  46. Shoe business
  47. Restaurant [Strategies and techniques*]
  48. Tax business
  49. Window cleaning
  50. Carpet cleaning
  51. Candle business [Learn how to make candles*]
  52. Delivery services
  53. Franchise business
  54. Gift basket business [Startup tips and resources*]
  55. Graphic design services
  56. Greeting cards
  57. Hair salon [Professional hair styling video tutorials*]
  58. Gym, fitness club
  59. Home staging business
  60. Manufacturing
  61. Medical transportation
  62. Photo booth business [How to get started*]
  63. Recruiting/staffing/employment business
  64. Rental business
  65. Welding
  66. Interior design
  67. Pressure washing
  68. Contracting business
  69. Distribution business
  70. Dog breeding [Intructional guides and videos*]
  71. Dropship business [Resources: Tools, data, marketplaces*]
  72. Furniture: woodworking, sales, retailing, manufacturing, etc.
  73. House flipping
  74. Life coaching
  75. Limo service
  76. Massage business
  77. Pizza business
  78. Plumbing services
  79. Printing business
  80. Property management
  81. Rental property
  82. Screen printing
  83. Virtual assistant business
  84. Candy business [Info on candy bouquet business*]
  85. Dog grooming
  86. Flea market business [What you need to get started*]
  87. Freelance business
  88. Hotel business
  89. Junk removal
  90. Medical billing [Resource: medical coding study guide*]
  91. Party rental [Startup manual*]
  92. Real estate investment
  93. Sewing business
  94. Spa business
  95. Art business
  96. Home inspection business
  97. Interior design
  98. Paintball business
  99. Party bus business
  100. Social media business
  101. Web hosting
  102. Wine business
  103. Soap business
  104. Bail bond business
  105. Carpentry
  106. Crime scene cleanup
  107. Floral business
  108. Lending business
  109. Locksmith services
  110. Non-medical home care business
  111. Non-emergency medical transportation*
  112. Personal chef services
  113. Resume writing
  114. Snow removal
  115. Vacation rental
  116. IT consulting
  117. Swimming pool cleaning/maintenance
  118. Roofing business [Startup kit*]
  119. Accounting services
  120. Car dealership or used car business [How-to videos]*
  121. Lead generation business
  122. Lingerie business
  123. Music business [Record label business plan template*]
  124. Party business
  125. Security guard services
  126. Tour business
  127. Web development business
  128. Background check business
  129. Financial planning
  130. Senior care business
  131. Sign business
  132. Solar energy/solar panel business
  133. Home remodeling
  134. Linen rental
  135. Princess party business [Business guide*]
  136. Answering service
  137. Sports business
  138. Gymnastics business
  139. Moving company
  140. Repossession/ repo business
  141. Trash business
  142. Video game business
  143. Balloon  business
  144. Mobile oil change business
  145. Entertainment business
  146. Charter boat business
  147. Horse training business
  148. Roadside service business
  149. Safety consulting
  150. Silk screening
  151. Professional organizer [Resource: Business guide and advertising templates*]

I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s no shortage of startup business ideas, only a shortage of self confidence, training, marketable skills, motivation, knowledge, and startup capitol. Many of those barriers are easily correctable, while others require tenacity, persistence, and sometimes help, mentoring, support, participation, and money from other people.

Need Help Starting a Business?

Just remember the words of 17th century English poet John Donne, who wrote that “No man is an island.” The moral of the story is, if you need help, support, or mentoring, don’t be afraid to seek it out.

BTW… Free mentoring, helpful in formation, and other small business help is available from government agencies, such as SCORE, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and various state small business development agencies.

Inspirational Business Quotes

Even though I wouldn’t describe myself as a religious person (I’m more “spiritual” than “religious,”) I do find some of the verses in Matthew 7:7 to be very inspiring:

“Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

(I did a little minor editing, there, but there are dozens of different versions and interpretations of those wise words.)

Anyway… Thank you for checking out my latest entrepreneurial thoughts, musings, and business ideas.

I invite you to “follow”, link to, “like” or recommend this blog to others if you found value in the information and ideas I’m offering.

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel
Blogger, freelance writer, entrepreneur
Send me an email

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate for most of the entrepreneurial, inspirational, and marketing materials, books, templates, software, and courses that are linked to in this blog.