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Who Else Wants To Start Their Own Business?

Since I’ve made improvements to the site, a lot of people got curious and have already asked me how I do it; how I started and continue to maintain my online business. To somehow, answer that question is why this article was written.

 

As with starting any business, considerations must be accounted for if you’re looking for a steady income stream. These considerations lay the foundation on where your business will stand. These need to be contemplated on and mapped out appropriately to achieve the long-term gains and benefits of having your own business.

 

Let me briefly discuss 4 items I meditated on and continue to use as my guide and my foundation to starting my own online business. I hope that this provides you with ideas to get you started in your journey of having time and financial freedom for yourself, your loved ones and your passions in life.

 

So let’s begin!

 

  1. Define the “Why”

This pertains to what motivates you to make that change or take the risk; your “deepest why”. Your reason may be to have time freedom: more time for yourself, for your loved ones, for your sport, for your music, for your hobby, and, ultimately, time for what you’d want to die for. Your feelings toward your “deepest why” should be so strong, intense and passionate that it is just exactly that: something to die for. It is something or someone that you love but don’t have enough time for; that you’ll do whatever it takes so you can have that time freedom just to do that thing or be with that/those person/s. Your deepest why will give you the concrete foundation you need to build your business on.

 

  1. Set your goals

Same with “define”, this item will add to the foundation you already laid on when you identified what motivates you. Personal goals may be, as said, personal. They can also be future goals that will contribute to the enhancement, growth or well-being of those whom/which you set as your motivation. Goals should be clear visions of the outcome that you desire that once reached, will tell you that you’ve already succeeded with your business endeavor. They should be very clear in the sense that every detail is set just as they are real. With set goals, working your way back is easier, just like solving puzzles and mazes, as you are already able to picture what the end-result will be.

 

  1. Prepare yourself

Knowing your business extremely well is an absolute must! Could I say more? That is if you want to stand-out among the rest. Sure, there is something we call a “learning curve” but you have to, at least, know more than the average person before you start that particular business. This is where preparation comes in. Do your research! Learn about your services, product and target market. Listen to, read about, talk to or meet people who have already been in the business you want to venture in. No one may have been doing exactly what you envisioned as your business, but you can take parts from experts’ experiences and apply them to your business plan accordingly.

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Stand out!

 

  1. Make a decision

When you’ve accomplished the three, you are now ready to launch your business. Now is the time where you have to decide; to put your plans in motion. Make the decision to go for it; to take the risk; to get out of your comfort zone. Personally, I almost always make blind decisions after I complete the first three steps. It is because I am a risk-taker and a firm, decisive person. This was especially when I was still single. I found that delaying these kinds of decisions only magnifies your fear of the unknown, just strengthens your grip on your comfort zone and prolongs preparation to the point that you never get to actually start something. Decide! Make the choice!

 

There you have it; 4 things I’ve taken into consideration as I take the path of a business owner. These can guide you to start a new adventure and open your mind to countless opportunities standing in front of you. Use these points as guides as you start your business or come up with your own formula for initiating your road to independence.

 

To time and financial freedom!

 

How about you? How do you start and maintain your business? Share your thoughts below.

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11 Steps For Setting Goals And Managing Them

A Goal is defined in Merriam-Webster as “the end toward which effort is directed.”

 

This can be applied to a variety of things: sports, academe, finance, life, etc. Everybody has goals. We all have dreams we want to fulfill but setting them is just half the battle. How about the rest of it, though? How do we accomplish our goals? How do we make our dreams real? What are we supposed to do; steps we need to take? How do we move forward? Having goals is easy. Think of what you want most and you have a goal; something to aim for; a destination to get to. However, getting there is another question and tasks need to be done as a pre-requisite. If you want to go somewhere and you don’t know how to get there, you’ll need a map. This is what this article will be about: Setting and Mapping out Goals.

 

This task is not as easy as it sounds; especially for those who work long hours or manage a hectic schedule or household. This article will cover 11 things I do (in order) when I set goals and organize steps to reach them. Let’s start!

 

1. Set a Deadline

 

Ask a quick question to yourself: Where would I be 10 to 20 years from now? The “10-20 years” will stand as your deadline then work from there.

 

2. Categorize!

 

To be able to answer your question in a more detailed manner, treat aspects of your life individually. Separate all that compose you as a being and set them as categories. These categories can be as: Financial, Spiritual, Relationships, Properties, Career, Miscellaneous, etc.

 

3. Make a Few “More“

 

When you’re done categorizing parts of you, try to list at least 3 goals for each category. 3 goals for 5 categories will equate to 15 semi-specific ones which you can start working on.

 

4. Make the Few “Less”

 

With the list of goals you have just created, take out the goals that are most unlikely to happen (at least now that you are just starting out). Examples will be “CEO after 5 years”, “a house in all 50 states”, “and retirement at 30”. These can be re-added anytime, anyway; or after meeting a more realistic goal.

 

5. Prioritize!

 

Look at your list once more and rank them from 1 to, for example, 15; with 1 as the top priority and 15 as the lowest. Make sure that you have time, money and effort considered. Setting up your car may be your favorite but if your money won’t be enough until after a year, it will have to be moved down the list. Keep checking and evaluating your list from time to time to make sure that your ranking stays the same.

 

6. Set Options

 

Let’s say you wanted to start an exercise program to be a “strongman” competitor; set options that will lead you there. Examples of option would be get an e-book regarding strongman training, enroll in a strongman gym or build your own. Still take consideration of time, money and effort. From there, you can decide what you want to start with.

 

7. Establish the Steps

 

With the strongman example, let’s say you went with enrolling in a strongman gym; what should you do to be able to enroll? List short and measurable steps down:-Research about strongman within your area-Reach out to people you know (close to you or not) who are training strongman-Enroll in the nearest gym-Commit to going to the gym 3 times a week-Commit to 1 hour of exercise per session

 

8. Act!

 

You have already selected your priority goal and listed steps to do. Now will be the time to DO them!

 

9. Progress Check

 

People are able to set and start goals. However, few get through the finish line and actually reach them. Missing this step is usually the reason. Going back to your list and see it makes a big difference. It helps you evaluate your current situation and zaps “fixes” to your brain if you’ve stalled.

 

10. Reset Goals as Needed

 

In the middle of your training, you stalled. You went back to your list but couldn’t figure out what to do. Your heart wasn’t just into what you were doing. It will be the time to switch to a different option. In this case, bodybuilding may be a better option because you were concerned about the symmetry of your body; or powerlifting for pure strength.

 

11. Re-evaluate your Success

 

Review the goal after you’ve met your time commitment. Have you reached the body fat percentage you’ve always wanted? Already seeing your abs? How is your overall strength? How was your last meet? Answers to questions like these help you determine your success rate. You’ll figure out what’ll be the next to do. Changing, continuing or stopping what you’ve been doing? Or start on the next goal?

 

Feel free to take from this article and apply the concepts to your goal setting. You are going to need all the tips you can get out there. After all, goal setting will be useless if it is managed or planned poorly.

 

These are the steps I follow when I set and manage goals. How about you? How do you do yours? Share your thoughts below!