What I've Learned from Starting a Business

Updated: May 29

Why Would Anyone Want To Start A Business?

Many people have a gift/talent/service/idea/opportunity or hobby to share, and in my opinion they should start a business! Starting a business can be symbolic of a person's ability to create independence for themselves, and their ability to help others. It can also be a tedious and enduring task that really test a person's will power.

I want to invite myself and others to discover each challenge a mere step along the journey. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu Here are a few reasons a person might want to start a business:

  • One may see life as an endeavor, where time is a valuable asset worth investing in talents and hobbies.

  • There may be a specific idea or calling that fits the nature of purpose.

  • Starting a business may seem necessary to a person who already feels they are providing a service, or managing their own personal productivity effectively.

  • Often times people feel starting a business is their chance to do a certain thing the way they'd like to see it done.

  • Many people grow tired of employment, wish to create their own schedule and be their own boss in a sense.

  • Operating a business may provide a sense of adventure to someone on their path to becoming a provider.

Starting a business can be seen as a personal investment in ones responsibilities, and the pay off can be an increase in capabilities.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE the amount of time spent, money, physical labor, and cognitive effort that may be required to operate a business. If you choose to use a "DBA"(Doing Business As) business name or pursue a trade that requires licensing, be ready to keep record of all the rules and policies involved including fees and taxes. There may be a great deal of planning and necessary action before you even start, depending on the goals of your business. It also might be a good idea to test your idea before getting paper'd.

Goal setting can be a lot of fun and even more fun to carry out, persistence is key!

No two business plans would look entirely the same because nearly anything can be turned into a profitable business. Imagine organizing a plan to sell art throughout the summer while traveling and attending music festivals. After choosing which festivals you would attend and investing in booth space, you could bring a few friends to enjoy the festivals while also earning income.

Now imagine growing organic food, suppose you already have access to land and water. You're still going to need to buy fertilizers, numerous tools and supplies to prepare the land, plant the seeds then actively steward your plants. All while networking with farmers markets and stores to sell your product, seeking help from people you may need to train/pay, and keeping record of accounting for various reasons including taxes.

Persistence, and tenacity are both valuable assets when it comes to following through with a personal investment. Thankfully the returns of our labors can match the lengths of our imagination, we get to choose our destiny to an extent. Success will always be in the eye of the beholder and everyone ultimately determines their own business in each moment, but I'd like to believe business is ultimately about helping people.

Business is interwoven into everything we experience on a daily basis.

This Blog Post was written by Anthony DeLuca of AnthonyJosephDeLuca.com, and donated to RhapsodicGlobal.org!

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