“If you ever get annoyed, look at me, I’m self-employed. I love to work at nothing all day” –
I hear lots of people expressing frustration with their dead-end jobs. Some offer a nonchalant dream of owning their own business. It often starts off with an ambiguous statement like – I would have the luxury to set my own hours and work only when I want.
Here is a wake up call for you dead-end day dreamers – what you are describing is a hobby.
Being brave enough to start a small business is more like this verse of the song:
And I’ll be takin’ care of business every day
Takin’ care of business every way
I’ve been takin’ care of business, it’s all mine
Takin’ care of business and working overtime….
Unless you are willing to snuggle up to your insecurities and expose your once private vulnerabilities; the entrepreneurial arena is NOT for you.
Remaining cloaked in the safety of a paycheck maybe best for you scaredy-cats.
I have discovered insecurities that not even my pimply teenage years revealed.
Being a business owner is not for everyone. If you are not ready to tango with your inner critic at 2 am over a $400 training class or if you can hire that consultant – that dead end job is right were you should be. Find a way to make nice with the boss and enjoy your two week paid vacation this summer.
If you are considering taking the plunge into the ice waters of the LLC ocean, for the love of all things holy, do your research. Whether you are considering opening a nuclear power plant or a hair salon, look before you leap. Aunt Edna means well with her advice offered over the peas and rice at Sunday dinner but get your information from those that really know.
If the call of the wild finds you still joyfully humming this refrain:
Takin’ care of business every day
Takin’ care of business every way
Takin’ care of business, it’s all mine
Takin’ care of business, working overtime
…talk to other business owners, get help from your local business chambers, attend a networking group and always get advice from well qualified legal, licensing, tax and financial professionals.
Remember business owners need amazing employees to be successful. If you choose to remain an employee, honor that choice and be the best you while there.
Honor the gifts you have, stretch them as far as you can but for God’s sake take your common sense with you. You don’t have to sacrifice your brain to follow your passion. Take them both with you, no matter where you go.
Running a heart-centered, service oriented business offers some unique challenges.
We ‘do-gooders’ want to make the world a better place, play with the unicorns and feed squirrels all day. We love the concept of ‘trading’ and sharing; which is beautiful. However, until the electric company and landlord accept hugs and hand-made glittery rainbow pictures as payment, dollars are the energy we must exchange.
These fluffy/fuzzy – ‘fluzzy’ – businesses have the same expenses that any other business does. We have the same overhead costs for training, taxes, technology, utilities, insurance, etc.
To offer a one hour Reiki session, I have culminated years of training, absorbed the nearly 3% service charge for the credit card payment and paid the landlord the monthly rent, and spent hours on a marketing, scheduling and planning – just like every other type of business. “If it were easy as fishin’, you could be a musician”.
My unsolicited advice to all the dreamers is to open your eyes, engage your logic and stay connected to your heart. There are a million ways to follow your passion, let your light shine and manifest your dreams.
If you find that opening your own business is where you really want to go, then; by all means get busy “Takin’ Care Of Business”.
There are no failures, only opportunities for growth.
One way to weave your soul into anything you do is to approach life wholeheartedly. When you come from place of calm, balanced and centered energy; this flows into all that you do. Would you like to learn how to ‘Take good care of my business’?
Check out the upcoming events being offering at Inspired Holistic Wellness or schedule a time to chat with me.
Blessings for all the very best!