How Difficult is it to Start a Business

I would like to share an article that was shared with me by Janis & Mia – founders of La Bella Baskets. This is one of their favorite articles. As you read it count the many blessings we have in this business.  

Lately, I have heard so many people say how difficult starting a business can be.

“It’s hard.”
 “I can’t get any people to visit my site”,
” I can’t people to join my business.”
“This just isn’t for me.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“I didn’t  know how difficult it would be.”

Well, I am a single Mom of three who, before starting my own homebased business,
held down two jobs. I would get up at 4:00 in the morning and not get to bed until midnight most nights, after returning from my part-time retail job, packing lunches, checking homework and relieving my mother, who helped out with the kids.

That, my friends, is difficult.

It is difficult always having to lower your dreams to meet your means. It is difficult to miss your son’s football game because you have to work. It is difficult knowing the rust bucket you call a car is eating you alive in maintenance, but you can’t afford a new one. It is difficult to realize that someone else is going to watch your daughter take her first step or have your son say mama to the preschool teacher.

It is difficult knowing that you have spent 40 years of your life working
for someone else, only to realize that you will be retiring on one-third
of what you can live on today. Or, worse yet, it is difficult knowing that you have diligently worked all your life, only to be given an early retirement and replaced by someone younger, more capable.

I will tell you what is difficult. It is difficult waking up one morning
and realizing that your children, the most precious things imaginable, no longer need bottles, diapers, have tea parties, or are shorter than the baseball bat they are trying to swing. It is difficult realizing it is too late and that the time frittered away can never be retrieved. It slips through our fingers one second at a time.

It is also difficult watching the spark in your partner’s eyes fade
because both of you realize the house you have been wanting is just a
dream because someone else is controlling your finances.

We have nasty habits about rationalizing, procrastination and skirting
important things, rather than facing the issues. Too often we allow others who do not pay our bills, who do not share our dreams, to direct our futures.

As children we have absolutely no freedom; we rebel in our teens and
scream for freedom. We reach adulthood and are finally free, only to
relinquish that freedom because we think it is too difficult. We do not
want to take responsibility. We do not want to make a wrong decision, so we obligingly give that awesome power to someone else. We wake up too late. We hear ourselves uttering phrases like: “I wish I had only . . .” and “If I could do it over again.”

You have no one but yourself to blame. You had the chance. Perhaps the opportunity was presented many times and each time you elevated the trivial to a higher priority than yourself.

Let me ask you: Is building our business really difficult?
Is it so traumatic to show someone an exciting product or idea? Is it so
difficult to understand that if you work your business consistenly, you just might finally be able to send your children to a college chosen by excellence, rather than one chosen by price?

Would you work really hard for eight to ten years, so you could mold a
lifestyle of your choosing, so your family could live a lifestyle of their
dreams, rather than trying to live how someone else thinks you should live?

How difficult is it to pick up the phone and call your prospect? How
difficult is it to place ads? How   difficult is it, really, to share what you love with others? Think about it.

Realize the awesome power you have in your hands by owning your own business. There
are people out there working three jobs. There are people drowning in
debt; or agonizing through bankruptcy, realizing they only needed a couple
hundred more dollars per month. That is difficult!

This business you have chosen has the ability to change lives. Your business cannot do anything. But YOU can change lives with it. You are the one with the life-changing ability. What are you waiting for?

There is difficulty and pain in success, and there is difficulty and pain
in failure. Difficulty and pain in success will last a short period of
time; but pain in failure lasts a lifetime. Which one is really more difficult?

You will pay a price for your actions, and your choices.

Which choice will you make?



Scentsy Buddy Emmy Awards 2010 gift swag bag

Scentsy Buddy

Scentsy Buddy is one of the gifts that was found over the weekend in the 2010 Emmy Awards gift bags. The Scentsy Buddy was found in the gift swag bag given out at the Emmy Awards party which was held in the Tic Tac Luxury Gift Lounge at the SLS Hotel. The Scentsy Buddy is a new product from Fragrance Fashionistas favorite home fragrance, wickless candle maker Scentsy. Emmy award winners, Emmy nominees, stars and celebrities had first glimpse of the Scentsy Buddy before it is available through local Scentsy sales consultants beginning September 1, 2010.
The Scentsy Buddy is a safe and easy way to bring home fragrance into the play areas and bedrooms of small children ages three and up. The Scentsy Buddy will be a small, stuffed animal that can hold any one of Scentsy’s scent paks, which contain food grade scent beads, and fill the room with a fragrant scent.
Children will love the sweet scents that Scentsy Buddies will offer such as Berry Blush, Havana Cabana, Satin Sheets, Black Raspberry, Vanilla Hemingway, Sunkissed Citrus, Camu Camu, Mochadoodle, Sweet Pea and Vanilla, Cucumber Lime, Perfectly Pomegranate, Vanilla Cream, French Lavender, Pima Cotton and Vanilla Suede. Now that Scentsy Buddies will be getting noticed by Celebrities, it should be interesting to watch the popularity of the brand grow. Which celebrity children will have a Scentsy Buddy in his or her playroom?
Scentsy Buddies will be available through local Scentsy sales consultant beginning September 1, 2010. Watch the Emmy Awards tonight to see which celebrities attended the Tic Tac Luxury Gift Lounge at the SLS Hotel when they are interviewed about swag on the red carpet. We will soon find out which Emmy Award winners, Emmy Award Nominees, stars and celebrities picked up their very own Scentsy Buddy from the Tic Tac Luxury Gift Lounge at the SLS Hotel.
The Emmy Awards will appear on NBC tonight at 5pm. The local San Jose NBC affiliate is on channel 3 for cable and channel 11 for air.
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Before You Begin – Take a Reality Check

The trouble with “Financial Freedom” in every home based business is that too many people are mislead to believe that everything is easy.  It is not easy becoming financially stable in most jobs or businesses.
Whether you have a home based business or a retail store, it takes work. The goal is to educate yourself and work smarter not harder. There people who strike gold on the internet after a couple of months, but it is only after having the right guidance and after having the right work ethic.  If you were to talk to people who literally make thousands of dollars a month, and I am not talking about $2000 or $4000 a month, I am talking about people who make $20,000 to $40,000 a month.  If you were to talk to them, they would tell you that they did it by extremely hard work, and that they never gave up.  Since they never gave up, they were able to reach financial freedom.
One of the reasons that so many people fail at home or on the internet is because they give up so easily.  People may say that you can become rich over night, but we all know in our hearts that this is not true.  We know in our hearts that it will take more work.  But so often, people jump around from one program or another, never settling in and focusing their efforts.
If you are using the internet you must be able to drive quality traffic to your website, otherwise you will not be successful in most home based businesses—and that is a solid fact.  Thus, we need to get around the fact that it actually takes work to get an online business off the ground and reach “financial freedom.”  The internet brings excitement and new possibilities, and makes things easier and more convenient as a whole.  After all, you can order most anything online.  The convenience of the internet is staggering, and because of that the internet, if used correctly can bring you wealth.
Lastly, in every home based business you have people or sponsors who promise they will do things for people who join under them and they don’t.  This needs to stop because what comes around goes around.  For those of you looking to start or join home based businesses, talk to your sponsor, take a close look at what the company or products really have to offer, and is the business one you will stay excited about.  And make sure that you have a support team around you.
This site is dedicated to providing information and resources to help you meet your goals.
Author:  Robert Ingram, please visit his link to review other articles.