It has been said by some of the most recognized names in the network marketing industry, and by more than a handful of motivational speakers, that the success or failure of any enterprise – including a home-based business – is dependent on attitude and inspiration. However, with an ample supply of both these elements, starting a business still requires enough money to sustain yourself until the business begins to turn a profit, or at least becomes self-sufficient.
This means that you must continue in your salaried position while doing everything you can to grow your home-based business to a satisfactory income level. How much time you invest in your own business will determine how long you have to work at both jobs; and the plan you devise for the success of your HBB, coupled with the kind of commitment you make to accomplishing such success is predicated upon your level of motivation.
1. The Motivation
It’s hardly a secret any longer that in our society most people hate their jobs. Numerous studies show that most people simply dread going to work on Monday mornings, and they live for the freedom of the weekend, which is not pure because we know that it is only a temporary freedom. Let’s face it, enjoying a Sunday evening is hard to do when the jarring noise of your Monday morning alarm clock is just a few hours away.
Anyone who ever worked in a corporate office setting – which probably means the majority of us – knows that uneasy feeling that overtakes your entire being while trying to enjoy the Sunday afternoon bar-be-cue party while keeping tabs on the time, the food and drink intake, the clothes to be laid out for next day’s work, and the tasks expected to be completed once you arrive at work station on Monday morning. Your mind can be entirely in a different place miles away from the party.
People hating their jobs might be a practical emotion when viewed in context of workplace activities:
- A lot of kissing up to the boss for various reasons;
- Endless meetings with little or no discernible improvement;
- Pointless time-wasting interruptions by supervisors who do nothing but waste your time and ride you about work you know how to do and often have already done;
- Co-workers who would quickly stab you in the back in order to raise their own profiles and self-worth.
All things considered, most people can argue that working for someone else creates a regimented style of life for them and their families. Having to arrive at work by 8:00am dictates that – depending on the distance you have travel – you must be up by at least 7:00am whether your body wants to get up at that hour or not; but you haven’t a choice so you drag yourself out of bed, sleepy head and all, start preparing for work, and make the trip. For many people, getting away from this daily grind is enough motivation to start their own HBB. Of course there are other motivations; but for many, quitting their 9 to 5 job is a big one.
Choosing to work at home by anyone should be a decision made for reasons other than just escaping the yoke of their master, so to speak; because this kind of decision is a deep, firm – and in many cases – life-altering undertaking by an individual which makes a statement reasserting that health, happiness and prosperity depend essentially on the freedom to work for himself/herself, and in so doing, places more emphasis on self-fulfillment as an underlying reason for the decision to start a work-at-home business.
Make no mistake, to start and operate any business, one must necessarily make a 100 percent – and sometimes 110 percent – commitment to that business if s/he expects it to be a successful venture; and in the case of a home business, when time (not necessarily commitment) has to be shared with a salaried job it must be emphasized that, in order to be successful in a HBB situation, you have to be nothing less than fanatical about it.
Fanatic is defined by Dictionary.com as “a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.” Got the picture? Utter, passionate, uncritical enthusiasm to making your HBB not only a successful venture, but a profound commitment of your life. You must be convinced that a return to an outside office job would be the equivalent of a spiritual death sentence. Your attitude cannot be ‘I hate my office job but I have to compromise my HBB because – after all – the job is really ‘not so bad,’ since it pays the bills, and I can stick it out because have to.”
If you truly want to be successful at replacing your day job with your HBB, there cannot be any room for such compromises in your soul. You have to take the attitude that to work any longer at your hateful job is equivalent to being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease (say cancer, for example), a cure for which is available, and choosing instead to forgo the cure, thereby causing your own suffering and ultimate demise.