A New Business Can Be Thrilling and Make You Rich! It's the Business of Starting a Business That Should Give You Pause.
The Miasma of Confusion Over Debt, Falling Sales, Potential Bankruptcy Can Make You Feel Like Drowning
3 Simple Things Needed To Start A Business
"What do you need to start a business?
Three simple things:
Know your product better than anyone,
Know your customer,
Have a burning desire to succeed."
--Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's
Starting A Business
Starting a business is a bold enterprise. Most that end up failing, fail in the first couple years. But people who start up businesses don't want to hear about how others have failed. They are filled with plans and ideas that set them on fire! Those who used a great idea, of course must be directed by plans and persistence and knowledge that is going to equip them in the battlefield of business. Hope and Ideas have to be yours. But before, there are certain factors that should be considered and weighed heavily besides your Hope.
The Business Before Your Business
Let's take a look at Your Will. There are plenty of people who would say that your specific will in regard to a business start up would be a reflection of God's will for you. This kind of religious thinking gives you a perspective, but right along with that is the simple issue. Do you think you possess the Inner Will to see yourself meeting the challenge? Has anyone in your life ever questioned your willpower? Have you questioned your "gut". If you have, perhaps this is your golden opportunity to show yourself who you are inside.
Let's just look at your desire. When someone contemplates starting a business, one must calibrate want, hope, love of the effort involved, the special purpose of the business, and the vision that you have. Ask yourself to see yourself doing ALL that is required to do the business. The planning, the details of financing, the dealing with resources, educational training and your willingness to work long hours to launch your effort. How much do you want this? Take a quick measurement of your Heart Meter.
A Vision of Your Alliances and Support - Measure Your Collective Will
Really ask yourself these questions, then try to come up with a TV like picture of you doing these things successfully, through tough times, meager times, good times and difficult ones. Being able to envision this engages your imagination and creativity, and thus plugs again the will of the Divine for you. Ask yourself about your allies and resources. Is your mate, lover, loved one going to be helping you? Are you going to be relying upon certain individuals? Do they know how much you are going to rely upon them? Are they in agreement with you, your plans and your efforts? If you are going to rely on them, ask, do they see you doing this work? It would be heart breaking if the person that you are going to call an ally and a resource personally thinks that you are not likely to succeed in this business. When you do this kind of exercise with the key 5 or 6 people who are your company of kindred spirits, this will tell you about their "collective will" of these people. When you come up with a picture of this "collective will", you will again, be tapping into what the Divine is seeing for you.
"Count the Cost"
Jesus used the "Count the Cost" admonition. This was a powerful parable about counting resources, dollars, cents, alliances, friends and associates and loved ones. He talked about "war" and all of the planning it takes to martial forces. All of that is plain and simple - just planning.
How much have you actually planned? If someone, let's say an enemy, or someone who is not a friend appeared at your door and said: "Prove to me you have really planned for this business!" Would you be able to do so? It is important to involve hard opinions, disinterested parties, and those who have no rooting interest in your charming self. If this kind of assessment helps you move forward in your plans, then the Divine might be showing you a way. The "Count The Cost" Admonition is famous because it came from Jesus, and yet is filled with Practicality.
The Economics of Your Business
The next big issues are the economics of the business. Locally, within the county or town, or in the marketplace that you will be functioning, what does a researched plan tell you. These days, plenty of computer generated tools are available to someone wishing to enter a business enterprise. Do this work. When the cold hard marketplace answers your basic business questions, then you will indeed have a fuller and more complete answer to your abiding question. If all of these factors tell you that you feel passionately that you should start your business, then do any kind of prayerful inquiry and ask for indications from your life, the around, and most importantly, your loved ones, for answers - positive or negative in regard to what is contemplated.
Remember, many who are hopeful and anxious sometimes are not anxious enough. Those who pray for a "yes" often do not realize that a "no" is as valid an answer. There is a phrase called the "Devil's Advocate". What that means is that people or specific offices, or mandates can act as factors which tell you that things should NOT happen. (Like the Devil Himself). Sometimes you WANT a Devil's Advocate.
Don't disrespect the function of the "Devil's Advocate". It is there as a part of the Human Drama to help all of us take in as many factors as possible in determining what the Will of the Divine is for us all. Be positive, but be clear headed. In starting a business failure in the first year is mightily against you. Take that factor all by itself and let it instruct you.
So, yes, there is much Business before you go into Business. Don't let your enthusiasm, fire, joy and zeal be drained away because of all the preparatory work you have to do. Prepare with thoroughness in an exacting way, and none of your energy will be depleted. If you do it right, your "energy temperature" should rise. Good Fortune.
Ability, Honesty and Honor
Ability is all right but if it is not backed up by honesty and public confidence you will never be a successful person.
The best a man can do is to arrive at the top in his chosen profession.
I have always maintained that one profession is deserving of as much honor as another provided it is honorable.
© 2012 Christofer French