Motivation is the incentive that will spur you into action. If you do not have the incentive to become active, your business will not grow, and if your business does not grow, it will no longer be.
If you are trying to get a home-based business up and running, or if you are thinking about it-the first step to success is getting motivated. There are several businesses that can be conducted from your home or a small office, but without motivation, your business will not be a success.
Motivation is the incentive that will spur you into action. If you do not have the incentive to become active, your business will not grow, and if your business does not grow, it will no longer be. . . .
The first step you must take involves some thought. You need to think about what rewards await you if this business becomes a success. The motivation will vary depending upon the type of business. If you are an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics, your incentive for more sales might include a higher percentage of pay per product you sell, bonuses, or discounts on products. The same could hold true if you were an Avon Representative or a Longaberger Basket Associate. However, if you are starting a service business or a retail business from which you plan to make a living, your motivation will probably first be to pay your monthly bills, and further to be able to maintain a comfortable lifestyle without worrying about the hassles of money.
Are those reasons good enough to motivate you? If they are not, you will want to reconsider becoming an entrepreneur or to continue with your endeavor. Because these are the driving factors of a successful business, at the very least, one of these incentives should describe why you want to start and maintain a successful business.
The second step is to allow the incentive to inspire an action from within you. This should be a plan to obtain more orders, a time management plan of action, or other way to allow your business to grow. Some ways to obtain more orders would be to hold a sale or special event, mail flyers or newsletter to potential or current customers, place an ad in the newspaper or in some businesses, make a visit in person or by telephone. A time management plan of action may be a change in hours, or in the sequence of the way you run your business. Additional hours in the evening might be better for a retail establishment who caters to working men of women, while changing your work habits to include time for additional business.
Another way that will allow your business to flourish, would be to increase manpower either through more hours, or by adding staff. This might seem a drastic step; however, product or service availability, cost-savings and timely delivery are sometimes the most important factors to consumers. If you are not available to provide the service, or if you have not had the time to make the product available because of prior commitments, a great alternative way to have the product or manpower available is to add associates.
Once you have been motivated, and put that motivation to use, you will discover that the “sky is the limit” as an entrepreneur. My suggestion to you is to make a list of motivating factors. Your list might include: increased sales, more customers, additional product or service lines, and many, many more.
Best of luck in getting motivated and pursuing your dream!