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Working for yourself ought to be fun. If it's not, you may as well work for somebody else.
Working for yourself however, is a business. At the end of the day you have to crunch numbers and show, eventually, a profit. If you don't keep records, plan your expenses, and set up a pricing formula, you are probably pursuing an expensive hobby. The trick, of course, is to combine both pleasure and profit.
A number of people start businesses to resurrect a beautiful dream that excited them when they were just a kid of 18 years. Whether that's your case or not, it's important to consider some basic business fundamentals. Your dream business may have to stay a dream or you may have to move to be in the right location.
Before you begin there are many questions you need to ask yourself. Probably the most important concerns your willingness to learn new skills.
Business skills can be learned. For most, mastering new skills and developing the confidence to take on new challenges is part of the fun. And for me, well worth it.
Now to the basic checklist. This will help you better plan or place your idea or dream in a clearer and more critical light. Mull these points over carefully.
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Buzz Bezanson is a successful author and seminar leader based in Surrey, BC, Canada. For more information on his books and seminars, Buzz may be reached at 6432 188 Street, Surrey, B.C. V3S 8V1 Phone 604-576-4783.
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