What is your “why”? What is the reason that you are doing what you do? What is your drive and motivation for wanting to start your own home business?
Before you even begin your business venture it is important to ask yourself these questions to help push you through the tough times as you begin to learn and build you home business. So, why… (see what I just did there) is it important to do this?
Figuring Out Your “Why”
Take some time to reflect on why you are choosing to start your own business. Is it simply to become your own boss? Maybe it’s to have more quality time with your family or not have to worry about missing out on your kids different activities.
Maybe it’s that you no longer want to wake up to an alarm everyday or you want to make more money. It could be that you simply hate working for someone else or that you want the job security knowing that work will always be there.
Your “why” can be one or all of the above. Or it can be something that isn’t even mentioned here. The important thing is that you take the time to figure out what your “why” is to put you in a position to be successful in your new business.
Being A Small Business Owner Can Be Lonely
Why is it so important to know your “why”? The truth of the matter is that being a small business owner can be a lonely place. What I mean by this is that there will be no one to push you or to keep you on track. It is going to be up to you and you alone to do the things required to be a success.
When things don’t go your way, and there WILL be times when they don’t, you need to remind yourself of why you decided to do this in the first place. Knowing your “why” will be what gets your through those tough times. When you get frustrated, lost or feel like quitting, without your why, chances are that is exactly what is going to happen.
Don’t fool yourself, starting and running your own business is tough. It is up to you and you alone to do the things nessesary to push through those tough times.
Write It Down
When you figure out what your “why” is, then you need to write it down to make it real. Have you heard that when your set goals that they needs to be written down? The same thing applies to your “why”. If you do not write it down then it becomes just another fleeting thought in your head that simply disappears over time.
Not only do you need to write it down, but it needs to be a constant reminder to you by putting it where you will always see it. You can write it on a sticky note and put it on your bathroom mirror so that you see it every morning when you get out of bed. Maybe, put one on the TV as a reminder to not turn it on because things need to get done.
If you need to post them in twenty different places to serve as a constant reminder of your “why” then you need to do just that! In my case, I get up at 3:30 every morning to write on this site so I have my “why” written on a post-it note and its on my laptop so that it’s the first thing I see when I sit down to type.
Distractions Are Everywhere!
Having a clearly defined “why” is going to also keep you from getting distracted. After all, distractions are everywhere! This is even more true when you are working from home. It can be very easy not do the things that need to be done, your “why” will help with this.
Most of us have families. Not that I consider my family a distraction (I hope my wife doesn’t see this) but your spouse and kids demand your attention, and a lot of it. You need to take the time to figure out not only what your “why” is but how you can make it happen.
If you are planning to work on your business just as the kids are getting home from school then you are already stacking the deck against you. I still work a full time job, for the time being, so I needed to find out when I could best make my business happen. For me, that is why I get up at 3:30 every morning. Everyone is still in bed, the TV never gets turned on and my phone stays in my pocket (nobody I know is going to text or call me at 4 in the morning).
Having my “why” in place and visible to me constantly makes it much easier to be able to get out of bed that early everyday to get the work done while everyone else is sleeping. So make sure you are setting yourself up for success by figuring out before hand when you are going to do what needs to get done so that your distractions are at a minimum.
Can’t Figure Out Your “Why”?
A 1000 word post simply doesn’t give the full importance of figuring out your “why”. If I could, I highly recommend a couple of books for you to check out to motivate you to new levels. The first one is Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Here you will fully understand the importance of figuring out your “why” and how it will motivate you down the path to becoming a successful business owner.
The second book I would like to recommend is Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This is a must read for anyone looking to start their own business.
I have personally read both of these and I can truly say that both of them are amazing reads and will help you get you mind straight and ready to tackle any obstacle that will come your way.
Still Looking For The Right Business For You?
Chances are, you have landed on this post because you are looking into becoming a bookkeeper. After all, this website is called Bookkeepers Paradise. If so, then consider checking out the top bookkeeping course online to see if bookkeeping can be the answer to you chasing your “why”.
Whatever route you decide to take, whether it is bookkeeping or not, be sure to figure out your “why” and the rest will fall into place. I wish you the best and go now and start chasing your dreams!
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