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What Made Me Say Yes to My Business

Greet everything with YES! Make statements instead of putting the burden on others with questions. Stay in the present, instead of focusing on the past or the future. The fun is always on the other side of YES.

I researched many areas of my life before diving into the world of entrepreneurship. Don’t get me wrong, I had some experience with home-based businesses and multi-level marketing. I learned a lot and appreciated the personal growth and development but it was under someone else’s brand! I began to feel like I was hiding behind someone else’s name in fear of stepping out on my own and branding my name, branding myself! Until I got tired… Until I got tired of hearing little voices inside my head saying, “stop selling yourself short”. You can do this!

One of the reasons we struggle with living life on our own terms is because we say we do not have the finances to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves. I was blessed to have a military pension and a supportive husband when I decided I will become an entrepreneur at this next stage of my life. That started out to be a safety net in the beginning, but entrepreneurs know sometimes it takes more than that to start a business. What about you? Have you considered a “side hustle” to help you? Yes, a part time job or working your “business” on the side until you are ready to step out on your own! Most of us think of side hustlers as people who run businesses on the side, in addition to a traditional nine-to-five job. That’s true, but it’s more than that, especially in today’s job market, where freelancing, self-employment and temp work can be pursued as primary careers, not just emergency fall- back options. It’s about thinking of other talents, skills, interest and experience you can use to make money, which may not have value in your main line of work, but could be value to others, and therefore can be monetized, especially in the age of social media, e-commerce and e-mail marketing and service delivery. Freedom is priceless, but it isn’t free!
Six ways to go from hobby to business:

Now, let’s talk about your business. The business you want to start or grow. You will need to make space in your life for at least 20 hours per week to work on your business.

  1. Use mornings before work. Set aside a few hours between 5am and 9am to complete tasks for your business.
  2. Use evenings after work.
  3. Leave work on time. Set boundaries on how late you stay at work.
  4. Use weekends and vacation days.
  5. Maximize your lunch hour.
  6. Stop watching t.v.

About the Author

Donna Newman-Robinson
Donna Newman-Robinson

Donna is the founder of Life After Military Alliance (L.A.M.A.) and a success coach for women veterans.

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