In preparing my newsletter (premier edition!) earlier today I came across an old article I wrote in 2008 about jumping on your own bandwagon. About getting things moving when you have an idea. About acting on those “A-ha” moments.
Pretty much about getting off your butt and just doing it.
When I was still working in the corporate world, I had the idea for Scratchpad Secretaries. It was my “maybe someday” idea. I mean, I had a cushy job with tremendous perks. I had a steady, and pretty good, income. I knew what I had to do each day, I knew how to do what I had to do each day.
With my eyes closed.
So why rock the boat? Why pursue something totally new and foreign? I mean, I had no idea how to start a business, let alone how to RUN one! Domain name? Hosting? Web development? Social media? Business plan? PR?
So I put it away, in the back of my mind, for a rainy day.
Fast forward one month and, well, it was a rainy day.
The rainy day was now the perfect opportunity. So I grabbed it. With gusto.
And never looked back.
Hindsight is 20/20, we all know that, so one of the best lessons out of all this for me was to JUST DO IT!
If you’re in a corporate job, especially a cushy corporate job, and have fear about striking out on your own?
Do it anyway.
You don’t have to up and quit. You don’t have to drop everything. You DO have nights and weekends though. So yeah, you don’t have to quit your day job (yet).
On maternity leave?
A GOLDEN opportunity to spread your wings. To check things out. To test out your business idea.
To be able to stay at home and raise your babies while bringing in an income!
The piece of advice I give to everyone is to Just Do It. Just start it! Baby steps are okay. Start with some research. Grab that domain name. Survey your target market. Find out if this will fly. Just make sure you keep on it. You had this idea for a reason.
So act on it!
Whenever you find yourself thinking, “that would be awesome to do”, or “what a great idea for a side business”, or “hey, I could totally do that”?