Entrepreneurs need to be driven to succeed. To conceptualize and run a home business you must be a self-starter, willing to take on the risks and challenges involved in launching out into the unknown.
It may sound harsh but a passive personality is better off working a traditional job and collecting a steady paycheck. There is nothing wrong with working your way up the ladder either. It takes a lot of hard work to consistently put out great work and to be recognized and rewarded for your efforts.
Although both personality types have their own merits, you should ask yourself this question before you jump into starting a home business… Am I a kitten… comfortable with a predictable future, good at what I do and happy to collect praise and admiration…
or am I a lion? Unafraid to venture out and a true leader in every sense of the word.
Starting a home business takes an entirely different sort of mettle. To actually push your idea through the stages of development and then invest time, effort and energy into making it a reality is an act of courage. But to let go of your job and your reliable safety net of an income to depend entirely on yourself to earn a living is an act of pure faith.
Passivity has no place in the mind of a home business owner.
I happen to think that being driven is the number one requirement of being a successful entrepreneur, but I’m sure there are other opinions. If you think there’s a trait that’s just as or even more important I’d love to hear from you!
Lots of home owners would love to transform a room in their house into a space dedicated to relaxation, but how many actually think of it as a possible business? A spa retreat can be carved out within even a modest space, but if you are thinking of this as a business it is important to be certified.
There are many courses offered that provide training in the different methods and treatments in the art of relaxation and beauty and it is important to get qualified before you open for business so you can ensure you are delivering a quality service.
Home Spa Doesn’t Need a Huge Room
A luxurious spa doesn’t have to take up a lot of space either. All you really need is a dedicated room, preferably with a separate entrance and this space can be transformed into a little slice of heaven for your clients and a money making machine for yourself.
Be Selective of the Spa Services Offered
The key to maximizing your space is to be selective about the services you offer. For instance, you may not be able to fit a tanning bed, a massage bed and a manicure and pedicure station in your room with ample room to make the environment feel relaxed. Therefore it can help to focus on the services you think will really take off for your level of skill as well as for your target market.
Set a Budget for Your Home Business Launch
Of course, you need to spend some time and money to transform your room into a spa retreat. Your clients should feel like they have stepped into a quiet and calming area where their troubles can instantly melt away.
A spa business must be planned from every angle, to determine the services, price points and marketing methods employed to get the word out. Everything must also be carefully examined to come up with a realistic budget.
For more information on setting up a spa business see How to Start a Spa Business.
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No one can say that the characters of the Sopranos are a moral authority, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a great resource for some very insightful principles.
When in Doubt… Ask for Advice
Tony Soprano, despite rising to the position of boss, was not averse to getting the opinions of others before making an important decision. Of course, his approach was always to disguise his indecision, but he still valued the opinion of others and appreciated that he may not always have the answer. This is priceless in a successful leader and business owner.
Respect is All Important
Tony Soprano demanded respect. Home business owners must seek to have the respect of its clients and employees (if any are hired) for the operation to reach its full potential. See The Dangers of Not Taking Your Home Business Seriously.
Think Before You Act
Despite being quick to anger Tony Soprano was a strategic thinker. He carefully thought about the consequences and counteractions of his decisions before he made a move. Home business owners would do well to mimic this trait and get in the habit of thinking things through before rushing to a decision.
Don’t Expect Things to Come Easy
Running a business is hard work. Tony often alluded to the fact that people didn’t understand the pressures of being boss not to mention his strained relationship with his mother and even father. In short, you may not have it easy, but home business owners should not be afraid of obstacles or hard work for that matter.
Family is What It’s All About
Finally, the overriding message throughout The Sopranos is that family is what it’s all about. Nothing is more important that your loved ones and this can be adapted directly into the life of the home business owner. Work can get out of hand, but always remember to rein it back into control so that you have time for your friends and family.
Running a home business doesn’t always get the respect it deserves. Some people may feel like your business is more of a hobby than an income earner and you may need to spend some time justifying what you do all day to make your money.
Of course, the attitude of the home business owner contributes enormously to how the business itself is perceived. Simply put, if you were unable to explain in a concise manner what the nature of your business is you may not capture the respect of your audience.
While the aim is not simply to get the admiration of those you meet, the inability to market your business at a moment’s notice is a lost opportunity to sell your product or service to people who may potentially become clients or a source of referrals.
If you are guilty of downplaying your business then you should take a look at How to Take Your Home Business Seriously and The Dangers of Not Taking Your Home Business Seriously for more insight.
In the video presentation below, real entrepreneurs tell their secrets to success!
As usual Homepreneur would love to find out what your thoughts are on the topic. Do you take your business seriously and how do you show it?