Me? A Girl Boss?
Picture a woman sitting in her cubicle at work, maybe you. Her chin rests in her hand as she stares blankly at her computer monitor. There is a thought bubble over her head. How would you fill in that thought bubble? What is she thinking?
Maybe something like, when will it be payday? Or, I can’t believe my jerk boss took the credit for my work…again. Or maybe even, somebody help me, I’m dying a slow death here.
If you’ve ever had those thoughts cross your mind (and really, who hasn’t?), then at some point you may have also thought about starting your own home business. The upside seems incredible: work within your passion, control how much you make, help people. Okay, okay – the upside is incredible.
But starting a home business also has a downside: a huge learning curve; lots of up front work for a return that comes later – sometimes much later; setbacks; expenses. You get the idea.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seriously consider starting a home business. In fact, as a business coach, I definitely think you should! We live in such a beautiful, digital age right now that the barriers to becoming a business owner are much lower than they used to be. But it’s not for everyone.
The question is, is it for you? Let’s find out with a little yes or no quiz.
- Are you extremely dissatisfied with your current situation?
You basically have to be, in order to convince your mind that it’s okay to change.
- Do you have an idea? Are you passionate about it?
It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged business plan. Not yet. But an idea does help ?. And you need to love that idea so much that you’ll be willing to do even the parts of your business that scare you (like sales calls or meeting with a potential buyer)
- Do you have support?
Family, great friends, a coach or mentor…find people who will brainstorm with you and cheerlead you when you hit a low point.
- Do you give up easily?
I don’t want to call names, but girl, if you’re a quitter, then running a home business isn’t for you. Most people quit just before the reward.
- Are you in the middle of personal upheaval?
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start a business, just maybe not right now.
- Do you have an appetite for learning?
Then Yassss!!! ‘Cuz you are gonna need it. Luckily, there are so many resources these days, from YouTube to FB Groups to paid courses. I don’t want you to worry for one minute if you feel like you don’t know everything you need to know to run a business, because absolutely everything is find-out-able!
- Do you understand risk?
Some business models require more risk than others. For example, opening a brick and mortar shop would require much more capital than working from home writing and selling e-books online. Be sure you know what and how much you’re willing to risk before diving in.
- Do you need cold, hard cash today?
Okay, then go make it. Sell homemade bread or salsa, walk some dogs, babysit for another mom. Then, when your immediate need has been taken care of, go ahead and start your business. Nobody needs that kind of pressure.
- Do you have people skills?
If I struck up a conversation with you in a line at the grocery store, how would you respond?
- Can you summarize your business idea in one sentence?
If not, you’re not yet totally clear on what it is you want to do. Work on it, it will come.
If you answered all ten of these questions correctly (and I think you know what the correct answers were!), then guess what? You definitely qualify as a potential girl boss! Don’t quit your day job just yet, but stay tuned, we’ll walk the path together. In the next installment, I’ll pass along a super helpful secret in the form of 5 things successful side-giggers do every day.
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