‘Dream big’ gets a lot of press. Certainly the idea is not to limit yourself and to ‘aim high’, to believe that you can be whatever you want to be. However this concept can be self-sabotaging if one is not realistic. If you dream of being an astro-physicist, shouldn’t you factor in the many years of education you would need to realize that dream? If you are realistic you will – if you are silly you will just shoot for waking up tomorrow in a lab coat.
The same goes for a home business. It can be everything that you could possibly dream it could be; this is true and it is proven by the many entrepreneurs that have made it so by actually doing it. It is not always apparent what all they had to endure to get to where they are. Unless you carefully consider all things, you might miss the part about working hard at least to build the foundation and then to keep it all running.
Whether you have what it takes is another question however. In this we are not necessarily talking about education or tangible skills, although of course those would make it more plausible that you could achieve your highest financial dreams. However, what is required is positivity, confidence, faith, a willingness to learn, determination and hard work. That you have acquired some business skills and experience would also be an asset.
Naturally it never hurts to have a ‘day job’ or some way to support yourself while you are developing your home business start-up. This is where the realism may bite those that are not logical in their thinking or dreaming. Time and again people have put their last dollar into starting a business online, as if their computer is a slot machine that will return the money ten-fold almost immediately. In most cases, they are sadly disappointed to learn that in reality it takes time and work to get a return on their investment.
This fact doesn’t mean you can’t do it or that it won’t work for you. It just means that you have to be realistic in planning your future. You know that you have expenses such as for housing, utilities and food at the minimum. So you should plan for covering at least that for the next several months to a year. If you have not saved money that you could use for this purpose (survival), and/or do not have severance pay or unemployment insurance, then your first objective in your plan should be to find a way to live while you build your business.
Unfortunately for most of us this means finding at least a part-time job to tide you over. If you can realize this it will be a God-send to you because contrary to this would be constant anxiety and worry that would definitely hinder your ability to learn or focus on starting up a new business (as would living under a freeway when you get evicted for non-payment).
So get the basics out of the way first. Do not ever speculate on your survival – as if you will ‘probably’ get the money back before the bills are due. NOT! Plan the opposite, that you won’t get it – so you need to cover yourself and you know it. Hopefully you will eventually be pleasantly surprised when your dream starts to become a reality and you receive your first check!
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