Irrepressible Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur RedBusiness as usual? I don’t think so. Just in the past decade the small business owner has gone on an economic roller coaster ride of a lifetime. Not to fear, most of us are very resilient. We may have had to change hats, hang-up old dreams and dream anew, but the soul of an entrepreneur is to learn, move forward and learn some more. We have a drive within us that pushes us through the tough times and sparks our creative juices. With so many problems in the world to fix, coming up with solutions is part of the business package we – as a whole, tackle daily. A little recession or a slow economy isn’t going to stop the heart beat of an entrepreneur.

When the US real estate bubble burst in 2007-2008 and no one was getting their home staging Columbia MD, it was akin to an economic nuclear bomb that set off a ripple effect leaving upheaval that touched commerce around the world. There is no denying that life in business for yourself has unexpected twists and turns you may never see coming. The rules are likely to change overnight with new pitfalls and advantages continually coming at us. Take one of the latest issues; identity theft. More and more we are put in the path of the unseen villain ready and willing to take our hard earned cash. Now when many of us are recovering our financial footing, we have to keep a keen eye out for the black hats who want to take it from us.

My husband and I have been entrepreneurs for over 17 years and pride ourselves in our successes. We’ve had several businesses that have served others well and afforded us a comfortable lifestyle. As sole proprietors, back in the mid 2000s, we partnered with the bank on many of our real estate deals. We had a platinum credit rating that was over 30 years in the making and guarded with our lives. As self employed entrepreneurs, we knew the importance of an impeccable credit rating. We were heavily invested in fix and flips and transitional housing for short term renters. We had our ducks in a row, so to speak, with a mentor who had 25 years experience in real estate guiding us on important decisions. To make a long story short, when the banks stopped lending to small businesses and we couldn’t grow, our company stagnated and eventually stood dead still. The cost of putting money out with not enough coming back in was a blow that would have put most sole proprietors on their knees. However as entrepreneurs, we saw it differently.

We took a hit, there’s no doubt, but it forced us to look at different options. That’s what successful, self-made entrepreneurial types do. We began searching on-line ventures. As older adults, we wanted to enter a field that was not discriminate because of age. Over the years we had learned enough not to get caught up in what is popularly known as the shiny object syndrome and we found several legitimate opportunities. In our opinion a good business venture has to be profitable and based in service. It has to have a solid foundation with reputable people at the cornerstones of longevity, honesty, creativeness and service.

Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our country. There are an estimated 27 million entrepreneurs in the United States alone. That’s 14% of all working age Americans who are starting or running their own business. We are innovators, creators, doers. We have also learned that to depend on others for your long-term livelihood is taking a bigger risk than establishing our own business. When it come to relying on someone else for the security of home and family our philosophy is; it’s better to make it happen for ourselves.
No one is touting the idea that any of this is easy. Just get an idea and run with it – no there is a lot of work, patience and perseverance necessary to become a success. Choose the right niché, get good legal counsel, set reasonable expectations, serve others and believe. Wake up every morning willing to do what it takes to see your dream become a reality.

Home Based Small Business – An Alternative Career

cropped-bigstock-Wedding-Couple-Indoor-The-Limo-112416188.jpgStarting a home based small business is like living an American dream where money making and living a desired lifestyle is the best of anything.


A small home business does not mean something totally new. We have been doing this job since childhood. Our small jobs included babysitting, delivering newspaper, tutoring, etc. But once we become adults, our aspirations change, dreams change, demands multiply, hence, we have to strategically plan a right kind of home based small business.


We have all been brought up with great corporate dreams. That way we are conditioned and educated – to live a life with corporate benefit packages. Recently, there has been a shift from corporate dreams to having one’s own, may be a small business. This is because freedom of work is as important as the monetary benefits. Similar to the freedom of enjoying a healthy, beautiful lawn due to treating it with care by aerating the soil to reap a rich color for the benefit of making your home appear nice.


Today, we prefer to a proprietor being self-employed. Late hours, official compulsions and job dissatisfactions leads many of us to something on our own. Besides personal difficulties, as adults we have to oblige our family also. We need to be with our spouse, kids, other members of our family, and friends.


The home business industry is booming fast at the rate of 17% annual growth. But, it is not free from scams as majority of home based small businesses run via internet. It is prone to be abused; like having a healthy garden full of dirt spots and holes where overseeding never took place. Recently, safety and security of the online home based businesses are strengthened by various affiliate programs and laws.


Things to Consider before Starting a Small Home Based Business

– Type of Business: Thousand are the ways of life. Which one would you choose? Really difficult. Jot down your likes, dislikes, experience and assets. Rough draft and plan the possible number of small businesses.

– Time Factor: Your own home business definitely provides you flexible timings which is not possible in working in a corporate office. Still you are in the difficulty in choosing one from full-time and part time home businesses. You can schedule your work hours after considering all your household activities and business requirements.

– The Budget: Well, you are going to start a small home based business. But, how small, or for that matter how big is your small business? Nature of your home business and the amount of capital you have, determine your future course. As per your standing, you will plan startup costs, obtain loan or invite a partner.

– Research: Reading this piece of literature shows that you are interested in home businesses, and you have some idea regarding the your kind of business. But the first to investigate and research different home based businesses. You can definitely search the internet for that purpose.

– The Plan: Planning is the final sketch. It might consist of the course of actions, description of the service/product, and the volume of business as per your qualification and capabilities. If you fail to plan when it comes to developing and launching this new venture, you will plan to fail. If you fail in feeding your lawn twice a week, you will reap an unpleasant garden appearance due to not planning and scheduling properly.

– Putting into Action: After you have completed your plan. Activating the plan and its success is dependent on foundation of plan. In case you might not act properly, solid plan will save you from potential losses and/or setbacks.