You Have to Give Some to Get Some

Money is important but time is often the number one reason for starting a business. After all, no matter how you slice it there are only 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and a limited number of years in our lives to enjoy them. So we look to business opportunities to provide the flexibility that we are long for.

That time flexibility that businesses promise is not a gimmick or false hope that they provide to reel you in. It really is achievable. BUT and this is a very big BUT you have to be willing to sacrifice some time in the beginning to get that extra time later on.

Starting a business is like getting a plane in the air. Initially it needs a lot of power and energy to build up speed on the runway. As it gets faster and faster it begins to lift off, but it still needs a lot of power to get to cruising altitude. Once the plane is cruising however the pilot can just maintain a consistent amount of energy and the plane will remain steady.

Here’s a scenario:

You find a business that suits you well and you are ready to go but you are the PTA president, you drive for different carpools four nights a week, Friday is date night with your husband, weekends are filled with soccer games and swim meets and you work from 9-5 Monday through Friday. Where are you going to find another 10 hours a week to squeeze in time for your new business?

It’s not as hard as it may seem. You just need to make your priority list, decide what must be done and decide what can happen later. In the scenario above, maybe your husband can help with car pool two nights a week, maybe you can find a few volunteers to take some of the PTA pressure off, or maybe you can find time during your lunch hour at work.

Before selecting a business, determine how many hours you are willing to commit each week and check your calendar to determine if that is realistic. If you set business hours and make them a priority the results will come quickly and you’ll get your business to a cruising altitude that provides the time flexibility you were looking for.



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