Every year, we all make resolutions, thinking about ways to improve ourselves or our prospects in the coming year. This is your year to finally make a resolution that you can keep, one that can change your life for the better. Stop working for someone else, putting all of your blood, sweat, and tears into something that does not belong to you. Go into business for yourself. Whether you start small in a home office or go all the way with an established franchise business, this is your chance to really make a difference. The only regret you’ll have is letting this opportunity slip through your fingers.

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Start thinking about what gets your blood pumping. What are you passionate about. What type of business model do you think would work best for you and your ideal lifestyle? Decide what you’re going to do. Think about a product or service that really gets you excited. If you don’t feel passionate about your business model, it’s much more likely to fail. When you do what you love, it won’t even feel like work. Every day will be an adventure that is filled with anticipation as you move closer to your dreams.

Be realistic about your finances. Knowing what you can afford is a big key. If you put too much of a strain on your budget, you’ll only make yourself worry, eating up every ounce of pleasure that can come from your venture. You need to understand the full implications of starting a franchise business like a Cold Stone franchise if you’re going in that direction. . If you are opening a brick and mortar business, the same holds true for any space you’re going to take on, as well as inventory.  If you are wanting to start an online marketing business, consider the costs for website fees, software and other digital tools. Know what your overhead will be and go out to get your financing. Don’t shoot so high that you set yourself up for failure. Start with a modest amount and you will be more likely to make a go of it.

The bottom line is that it is your choice whether to make this year your year or not.  Perhaps you have had dreams and goals for years now that you have been wanting and wishing you could make a reality. There is no better time than right now to stop procrastinating, to get over your fears and get started pursuing those dreams and goals of owning your own business.

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