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Can a Stay at Home Mom or Housewife Run a Business?

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Hello Everyone! Today I’ll be talking a little bit about starting your own business or a new career.

A quick answer to this question…Why, yes, of course you can!

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Remember all start at the beginning…

As a stay at home mom or house wife, you may or may not have been in the business world before. You may or may not have a business (or other) degree. Whether you do or don’t, I don’t believe it should hold you back from chasing your dreams.

Yes, if you want to work for a corporation, it might be a little more difficult to get hired without a degree, but it’s not impossible. Often times, they prefer a college degree, but will take other things like your personality, initiative and experience into consideration.

Starting your own company isn’t necessarily the easiest path, but you are the one who holds the key to success, no matter what your past experience is.

Ultimately, a piece of paper isn’t an indication of whether you can do a job or run your own business.  There are many things that will make or break your success with or without a degree. If you are willing to put the time in, you are more than capable of achieving success in anything you put your mind to.

Wherever you are in the process, there are steps you can start taking towards your goals right now.

Things to Consider:

Time constraints are probably going to be your biggest hurdle.

Consider how much time do I have? Is this a good time to start the business or would I be better off starting to build it slowly and launch it when the time is right? Would I be better off working for someone else now while I save money and start taking steps towards my own business goals on the side?

How much experience do I have? A degree in business can be helpful, but so is real world experience. Take stock of your skills and knowledge. As someone who runs a household, don’t under estimate the skills you already have. Running a house hold you use many of the same skills such as, budgeting, organizing, managing, scheduling, financials, communications, you use when running a business. These skills are all very important aspects of a business. The fact you have experience in this areas will be a big benefit.

While you’re assessing the experience you already have, look at what skills or technology you may need to learn and note those as well.

Do I have the ability to run a business on my own right now? If not, there are other ways to run your own business while getting support. Take a look at direct sales companies such as Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Avon, Mary Kay, etc. (I’m not affiliated, although I was a Tastefully Simple consultant at one time)

Much of your success with these companies depends on your effort and the connections you make with others. Monetarily, they aren’t equal, but most have great training programs, offer support, will teach you how to successfully run a business, and can be good sources of income while building your network. Many successful business people have used these opportunities as a career path and/or as a stepping stone to their own businesses.

Decide what your goals are. Why do you want to start your own business? Are you looking to make a little extra income or do you want to build an empire?

What resources do you have? Do you have a computer and other technology needed to run your business? What classes have I taken or need to take? How much money do I have to invest in my business?

Start ticking things off your list sooner than later.

The internet is a great resource for learning. Places like YouTube, webinars, even blogs, often share information and know how for free. And there are many online classes (paid and unpaid), podcasts, Periscope, social media platforms and other venues where you can learn from and start networking with others to build your customer base.

Hope you found this helpful. I’ll be diving into these topics further in future posts.

In the meantime, please let me know – Where are you in your career path? And what’s holding you back from creating the life you want to live? Or anything you need help with or would like me to write more about.

Thanks for stopping by & keep chasing your dreams!

~ Lori

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