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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Self Employment Ideas for Entrepreneurs

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The formula for small business success is relatively simple, but applying those steps and having the ability to follow through (over and over again) is the part that trips most people up!

The first step to starting a business or making extra money involves coming up with a viable idea. If you’re stuck at the starting gate when it comes to narrowing down the choices, here’s a list of some of the most popular business ideas to consider. Hopefully, the following list of entrepreneurial ideas will provide you with the inspiration and clarity to become gainfully self employed — either on a part-time or full-time basis.

  1. Photography
  2. Consulting
  3. Cleaning (commercial and/or residential cleaning)
  4. Lawn care
  5. Non-emergency medical transportation
  6. Landscaping
  7. Construction
  8. Graphic design and/or Website deign
  9. Real estate
  10. Property preservation services
  11. T-shirt business
  12. Tutoring
  13. Catering
  14. Retail shop
  15. Event planning
  16. Computer repair
  17. eCommerce business (online retail business*)
  18. eBay business
  19. Jewelry business
  20. Pet-related businesses:  Examples: pet sitting, pet boarding, dog walking, dog training, dog breeding, making and selling dog treats*
  21. Franchise business
  22. Trucking
  23. Food business, which could run the gamut from a food truck to a restaurant
  24. Home health care
  25. Personal training
  26. Carpentry/handyman services/contracting
  27. Interior design
  28. Interior/exterior house painting
  29. Payroll services/bookkeeping/accounting
  30. Tax services
  31. Medical billing and coding
  32. Vending machines
  33. Gym/health club/fitness facility
  34. Greeting cards
  35. Craft business
  36. Party bus business
  37. Carpet cleaning
  38. Daycare center
  39. Recycling
  40. Wholesale business
  41. Manufacturing
  42. Cake business/bakery/cookies/cupcakes
  43. Mobile oil change service
  44. Advertising/marketing services
  45. Junk removal
  46. Plumbing
  47. Silk screening
  48. Import export business
  49. Security guard service
  50. Wedding planning

The good news about starting your own business is that there are countless business ideas from which to choose — many of which can be started for a few hundred dollars or less. The caveat that sometimes prevents would-be entrepreneurs from launching a great business idea is that success is never guaranteed and there’s always an element of risk in any business venture.

The best business ideas are based on a variety of factors, including how competitive the business environment is, the demand for the product or service you’re thinking of offering, your financial resources, business management ability, customer service skills, persistence, positivity, marketing knowledge, and a little bit of luck!

It also helps to get the advice and guidance of a trusted accountant, business insurance advisor, and business attorney.

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To explore additional self employment options and business startup materials, check out my  list of 250 business ideas

Stay tuned for more entrepreneurial insights.

Thanks!

–Joel
Freelance writer, entrepreneur, business blogger
Contact me if you have any questions!

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the entrepreneurial products, services, software, marketing tools, and websites featured in this blog.

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.

Essential Qualities of an Entrepreneur

startup-594091_640Being your own boss and starting a business is a very enticing idea — especially when jobs are hard to find and decent paychecks seem few and far between. In theory, running your own business means you can generate income without the benefit of a traditional job and a consistent paycheck. In reality, however, entrepreneurial success requires specific  attitudes, values, habits, qualities, personality traits, and skills. Here’s a list of some of the more important ones:

  • Strong work ethic: Running your own business is anything but easy, but if you get a sense of accomplishment from it, then it can be satisfying and profitable. There are a lot of details that need to be attended to, though, and business survival depends on being conscientious, service oriented, and mentally focused.
  • Good communication skills: Starting your own business and building a customer base requires you to clearly communicate to your prospects the advantages of choosing your products or services over the competition. Clearly spelling out what clients can expect from doing business with you — and then meeting or exceeding those expectations — is one of the cornerstones of building a successful business. One way to present yourself in a professional way and gain a competitive advantage is to prepare detailed, well organized business proposals — especially if you’re targeting commercial clients. If you’d like to learn more about proposal writing  and the impact of using well-prepared business proposals, read the article “It’s All About Trust.”*
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude: The energy and attitude you project to clients and prospects has a direct bearing on your credibility, your likeability, and your sales effectiveness. A positive attitude will also fuel your motivation to market your business on a consistent basis and provide people with superior customer service.

Thanks for checking out my latest ideas on self employment, starting a small business, and effectively marketing it. BTW… If you’d like to download step-by-step guides to starting specific businesses, I’ve posted links to several small business startup guides* at my website Marketing Survival Kit.

Stay tuned for more blog posts on entrepreneurship, small business marketing strategies, and cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset.

Visit some of my other blog posts for lists of ideas for starting a business.

Best of luck in all your business startups and self employment endeavors!

–Joel
Business blogger, entrepreneur, freelance writer

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of many of the small business marketing tools, informational products and business services mentioned and linked to in my blog posts.