Before diving into a home based business, and an alternative lifestyle, it is best to examine your motives and desires. This will lead to an understanding of what you want from the business and the lifestyle change. It will also assist you in planning for working from home in your new business.
How To Start Your Home Business Plan: Where You Want To Be in 5 Years
Where better to start your home business plan than to think about what you are trying to achive by it all, and where you are trying to get?
Well, if you did the exercise about your perfect day in 5 years, then you have made that start. Your business plan, your future lifestyle plan, has started to take shape.
How did you get on with the exercise? When I did it over a decade ago, I was actually very surprised at the result. In fact, I was quite shocked. I did not force the result in any way, which is perhaps why I was so surprised by it. My perfect day in 5 years time bore absolutely no relationship to my situation when I did the exercise! My life was totally transformed, my career as it was then played no part 5 years down the road. In my perfect day, I was living by the sea, the day was mine; I went walking when I wanted; relaxed when I wanted; I worked when I wanted doing I didn't know what. But the point was, whatever I did, I did it from home, in a different place, somewhere I was happy and relaxed.
What was so interesting then was that I had no conscious thoughts of running my own business. Really, I had little idea why my "perfect day" came to the surface in that way at that time. But the wonderful thing was, it all happened a few years down the road from then. Everything fell into place that made it happen. Visualization, inspired it seems by my deep sub-conscious, somehow cleared a path for me to follow. Its invisible sign posts took me where, deep down, I knew I needed to go. Or maybe it was just sheer coincidence. It does not matter. The fact is, it happened.
Hopefully you too have an idea where you want to be and what you want to be doing in 5 years. I hope too that you can use visualization to help you along the way. Why not? It's free, and its under your control. I live on an island where there is still rainforest. If you want to trek through the jungle, it's best to have someone cutting a way through ahead of you to make the path easier. In your life's achievements yet to come, you can use visualisation to prepare the path. It will still be tough, but much easier. You still need to be alert though. There are a lot of poisonous snakes out there in the online business jungle.
Filling in the Plan for Your New Business
Visualisation is not generally regarded as a business tool, but business planning is. At this early stage, your plan may be very vague indeed. You may not even have any products or services; you may not even be sure you want to try and run your own business at all. Nevertheless, some sort of outline plan will tell you the direction you will probably be going. You can always revamp it later. That's your prerogative. Remember, you're the boss now! This part of the website is about YOU!
Understanding What You Want Out Of Your Home Business
In planning this website I put "planning" on the menu ahead of "Starting an Online Business". It is best to do at least a bit of outline planning before diving into a search for a home business opportunity. If you are going to be working from home for the first time, it is not just a new business, it is a change of lifestyle; and you may find that a lifestyle change is will be better for some planning too.
At this stage, I am not talking about reams of paper making up a day by day plan for the next 5 years. That would be meaningless. What I am talking about is at least giving yourself an idea of what you want to achieve over the next 5 years. It is not even essential to put it down on paper, though you will probably get more out of it in the long run if you do.
The crucial part of this is understanding yourself, and what you can reasonable expect to achieve in a way that will improve your life. Everybody is different. Everybody's circumstances are different. What you do impacts on your family and your finances. You need to be realistic about what to expect from your ambition to have your own business. This is not just about business planning. In most cases, it's about planning for a revamped lifestyle.
The first thing to do is to decide your first "destination". ie What you want to achieve by the end of year 5. Will you be content even by then to have just a modest, additional part time income from your business? Do you expect, hope and demand of yourself that you will be fully financially secure, if not very rich, by the end of 5 years? Whichever, it is best to have a fair idea of where you are heading. Then you can sketch out a plan, mentally or on paper (probably both), to get you there.
It's not just about money though. Here is an opportunity to sketch out your future lifestyle. If you did the "perfect day in 5 years" exercise, that was all about lifestyle. When formulating your plan for the next 5 years, you need to incorporate lifestyle changes and impact. Think about them now. If your financial ambitions start to be realised, how does that affect your spouse, your children and anyone else who is affected by your changing lifestyle? This is all very personal. All I can suggest at this stage is some of the things you should take into consideration. The rest is down to you, and what you want to achieve.