As mentioned yesterday, I'll be starting a series on starting a home-based business.
There are many reasons for this being a timely topic. Here are a few. The first is obviously the economy. We are currently in difficult economic times, and there are no guarantees of any job. People who never thought they'd be unemployed are looking for a job. A home-based business is a great way to have some extra income, and can even be a full-time job at some time.
Another reason is that a home-based business can unite your family. Our kids are often involved in carrying boxes, wrapping up orders or helping to take inventory. Our business is a way my husband and I get to work together.
Finally, a home-based business is a way to utilize your God-given talents. Each of us have been entrusted with special skills. Scripture gives us many examples of the importance of being a good steward of everything God gives us. I believe there are many people who have talents and skills currently untapped. Those folks are working in jobs that have nothing to do with their particular gifts and skills. Then they end up feeling unappreciated and overlooked. The reality is they aren't working within their gifting.
So how do you take the first step? Obviously the first step in starting a home-based business is prayer. We must each seek God's will, and I believe God freely shares that knowledge - we just have to pay attention.
Then, I would encourage you to consider what you love to do. Make a list of every hobby, sport, or free-time activity you love. Is it scrapbooking, training kids, cooking, baking, party planning, fashion or playing with dogs? Almost anything you love can be a home-based business.
I had a friend who sold make-up, only she didn't wear make up. The lesson here is even if your best friend sells something and is successful, that doesn't mean you will be too.
When started our online business, Rose Lane Cottage, out of my love for cottage-style decorating. I have read Victoria Magazine and Romantic Homes Magazines for years. When we went to pick the products to sell, I poured over Cottage-style design books and loved every minute of it. We now sell mostly office products and I love them too. I'm one of those people who goes to an office products store just for fun. There's something about a blank sheet of paper and a new pen that just stirs my creative juices. (weird, I know)
A home-based business can be a fulfilment of your dreams. Cover it with prayer, wait for God's direction, and then enjoy every moment of it.
In the coming weeks, I'll share more practical tips for working at home.
Have a great day!
With Christ's love,