My resolution for 2013 is to pursue ideas I’ve thought about but never achieved. It is time to go after your dreams. When I take time to reflect over my life, a lot of things that I wanted to do are finally happening. I didn’t realize it, because I was to busy in the hustle and bustle of everyday tasks. I was able to achieve those goals, because in reality I was shaping myself to accomplish them. I in no way have “made it”, but I know this is definitely my beginning.
When I reflect, I realize that I was preparing myself for my career by the particular classes, jobs and internships I chose. The additional accolades I achieved made me knowledgeable in my field. Because of my faith, I believe that God has/is molding me for his purpose.
When I got into my current position, it was comfortable. Now I am thinking of my other dreams. Are they worth a try? Or was this idea abandoned for a reason? That brought me back to thinking of small business ideas I’ve had over the years.
I would begin my research on starting a business by going onto SCORE.Org. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They are here to assist in achieving your dreams. I would go on their website and download word and excel templates for Business Plans and Financial Spreadsheets. The website is very easy to use and provides a lot of help to understand the tools they provide. SCORE can help you at any stage. Whether you are starting a Business, Growing a Business, Or Selling one.
I utilized the convenience of an email mentor. You can browse the email mentors’ profiles on the website and choose one that’s right for you. Local mentors are available to meet in person. The typical Mentoring Skills are Business Finance & Accounting, Business Operations, Business Strategy & Planning, Sales, Marketing & Public Relations, and Technology & IT Services.
I realized the ideas I had are long term after doing research and planning. By establishing a plan early I prepared myself for my long-term goals. A Business plan is vital in starting a business. A business plan is a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons they are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals.
Have you ever had a business idea, but never had the resources or a mentor to consult for advice? SCORE is one of many free organizations funded by the federal government (your taxes). The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) supports their work. Take advantage of the resources available to you. Your dreams are achievable. Construct your map to get there.
Written By: Keshia Turner