My pledge is to blog…blog about anything and everything. I am sick of hearing myself tell others to blog, how important it is, and it is time, I practice what I preach.
I have owned Ponder Consulting for almost 2 years now. Although I remain humble, I am proud of what I have built. I have managed a few companies in my career, but none were as challenging because I was not the owner. But with the challenges of business ownership comes the rewards, and there are many. If you have always “dreamed” of working for yourself, now is the time.
I challenge you!
In an economic crises, such as the one we are in now, there are a number of things you can do to secure your future financial position.
1.) Deal with your life.
Get caught up on your to do list, and don’t avoid the things that are bothering you. As easy as this sounds, it really is. Yes, some days you feel like it never ends, but it doesn’t. That is the key to reward yourself for making a conscious effort to bettering yourself.
2.) Be Smart.
With this economic panic setting in and with people losing their jobs, looking for work, needing money, etc. This will be the time for scam artists. That’s right, you heard me. SCAMS! We have all seen the get paid $50 per day for typing for 1 hour ad. If it sounds too good to be true…IT IS!
Instead get a subscription to Elance, for only $9.95 per month, pick a category that suits you best, bid on jobs and work hard to earn customers and then prove yourself. This is how I got my start. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t fast, but within 6 months time, I was developing contacts.
Erase the mentality that you are worth more than those jobs are paying. The truth is you need a portfolio and experience to get anywhere online.
3.) Be Prepared.
If you follow steps one and two, you will have a great start on being prepared. You never know when you will get “that opportunity” and if you are not ready, then you could lose your chance. You also never know when you could become really busy and then won’t have time to deal with the things you neglected and this could cost you money in the long run.
If you are really serious about starting your own business, then you can. You are smart enough.
4.) Have Confidence.
Have confidence in yourself enough to step out of your “comfort zone.” Let’s face it, if you are hungry enough for success, you will find it. When was the last time you met someone personally that said, “I am successful because I bought an infomercial at 4 a.m. and I made millions!.” The truth is, if it says you get rich quick, then it’s a SCAM. There is no such thing. Instead, through hard work, determination and perseverance, you will succeed.
5.) Stay Balanced, Humble and Honest.
It is pretty self explanatory. This is the only way to have a long life and to be truly successful.
Lastly, if you were to start a business and make it through your first year, you have a great chance of making it through your second. And if you were able to start a business in these tough economic times, then you could surely manage when things are good.
My last piece of advice is just when you are about to give up…press on, for you are so close to success.
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