When I was growing up, I thought I’d become a lawyer, financial analyst, stock broker, or really anything big in the corporate world. Now that I’m an adult and actually trying to pursue some type of long lasting career, I am more sure that I don’t want to be sitting behind a desk working for someone else’s big paycheck. I want to be my own boss. Now it’s not always easy starting your own business or even finding what you want to do, but you have to start somewhere, right?
Here are a few questions I asked myself in an effort to find what I want to do and figure out how I can begin that process:
- What’s one thing you’ve wanted to do in your wildest dreams? Actually, my mom asked me this so I can’t quite take the credit. My answer was be a famous musician. Everyone I’m sure has had that weird Carrie Underwood dream where one minute you’re a regular person and the next you win a huge talent competition and your life is never the same. Not only do you become a famous musician and get to make money doing what you love, people pay you to endorse their products! Better yet, you can create your own products. PLUS, you already have a fan base and that will most likely be your customer base. Badda boom badda bing: INSTANT MILLIONS.
- Is this anything you can actually attain? In this scenario, the answer isn’t necessarily yes, but I’m still young so you never know. So while I wait for Simon Cowell to sign me to his label, there has got to be something I can do in the meantime.
- What can you do in the meantime? Again, Momma Hoff gets credit for this question. She wanted to know if there was something I can do now to get experience in customer service and buying in case the music career I’ve never tried to develope takes off. That’s when I thought of creating an online business that I could do part time where I don’t have to design or create. I can just buy and market.
- What has worked for other people? What research needs to be done? In this case, it’s easy to find so many different ways to create an online business. Ask your peers, ask your friends, ask your family. Then, read online reviews and watch webinars. Tune in for 20 minutes to find out how some guy in Oklahoma made five grand in his first two weeks by just selling graphic tee’s he thought were funny. I did some middle of the night research and found something that I think will work.
- Are you willing to put in the work? If the answer to this question was no, I wouldn’t have started this post. I think the idea of creating something on my own sounds wonderful, but hours of work might sound less appealing. In this case, I’ve just been having fun—learning new websites, shopping for things to sell, organizing sales. It’s like I’m creating an online store for things I’d like to buy for myself or I could see my friends wearing. Que the passion.
Although one day I’d like to be putting on clothes with my name on the tag, I’m already having so much fun with this new project. And if it doesn’t make me my millions, at least I’ll learn a little more about the industry.
What are your favorite things to shop online?