If you are stuck in the rut of the ‘hamster wheel’ in a job that is seriously not for you, then take stock and consider your options – and wake up to the fact that there is a big wide world out there, and life is for living.

Starting your own business and working from home is not for the faint hearted. But it is a serious option, and if you are one of the under-valued and under paid women, then take it on board and think hard, because this may be the chance to change your life.

It will mean lots of hard work, long hours and a roller coaster of emotions, which may lead you begging back for the nine to five. But on the positive note, the rewards for a leap of faith and starting your own enterprise are enormous.

The old saying states that ‘fortune favours the brave’ and it is true. You are not going to advance in the World if you don’t take that first step into the unknown and prepare to fall flat on your feet several times before knowing how to walk and then run your own enterprise.

It is helpful if you have a little collateral to begin your new venture, but not essential. The main ingredient for success is Passion, and that will get you through the rockiest of times, and help you to succeed – NEVER LAUNCH A BUSINESS FOR MONEY ALONE – you have to love your product. The second is forward planning, and as well as a business plan, you need your own five-year plan, which is your vision of the goals and growth of your company. All of these are essential in starting a new business, and then take a deep breath and brace yourself for the turbulence of the water as you embark on your endeavour, because every success story comes with a series of ups and downs and you have to be prepared to ride the storm and survive the challenges ahead. But rather than seeing it as a concern, look upon it as an adventure, and embrace each obstacle with open arms.

Richard Branson admitted to a recent gathering of the top performing Companies in the Midlands, that he still has sleepless nights, and if you don’t you are not a serious member of the new enterprise brigade.

We don’t know what goes on behind the scenes of a company but many international entrepreneurs have gone bankrupt several times before making their millions. One even managed to become President of the United States!! Hmmm. I am not advising you to take this route, but urging you to avoid it at all cost, but just pointing out that anything is possible whatever the pit falls.

Recently a friend of mine who lived in a small village started selling her cupcakes and brownies to nearby bakeries, and is now making a tidy penny from her fabulous cooking abilities.

Another female friend started her dog walking business and has managed to take in doggie day borders and work them around the school run and school holidays. She is now making enough to pay her mortgage and bring up her two boys, having recently become a single Mum.

Thank goodness for modern technology which eliminates the problem and expense of acquiring an office and keeps the costs to a minimum whilst starting up.

There are many tutorials and templates online for building a business plan if you are going for a loan. But do not overstretch yourself, and gentle explore the competition and look at what they are doing.

Have your own USP and stick to it, after all it is your baby and will have your own DNA, how wonderful is that.

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