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Friday, January 16, 2009

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,

Glynnis

9 comments:

KelliGirl said...

Hi Glynnis,
I'm excited to read your upcoming posts about running a home-based business. My husband and I both work from home (mostly separately), but I'm always interested in learning ways to do it better and smarter.

On a side note: Since we're such a computer-based society, working from home is easier than ever. I have clients hundreds of miles away that I've worked with for years and never met in person. A good knowledge of computers goes a LONG way in making a home-based business possible, and hopefully, successful.

Blessings to you!
Kelli

Barb said...

Hi Glynnis,

Could it be a God-thing, me finding this blog? I have been unemployed for about a week when I found your blog. Maybe this is God's answer for me?

My passion has been teaching and writing. I have prayed about breaking through into this, but unsure how. If you have any specific thoughts on this, I would appreciate it. My blog url is below.

Thank you for doing this series! May Christ anoint us all through your service to Him.

Barb

JottinMama said...

I can't wait to read more about working from home :) Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us!

Have a nice week!

Blessings,
Kate

Alyce said...

prayer prayer prayer...you said it. My prayer is that I will have open ears and an open heart to hear God speak to me on this. I'm one of those that wants Him to drop a sign out of the sky...
Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Sharon said...

Good Morning,
I just read your devotional post, I thank you, were you talking to me? did you jump into my brain and pull all that out, or are we just alike!!! Anywho--- it was so good and I will ponder this for the day, maybe even tomorrow, Noooo this one will stick with me for along time. I have read all your posts, and have been for a couple of years now, and this one hit home.
Thank you for a wonderful reminder and a thought provoking devo.

Have a Blessed Day My Sister in Christ
Sharon

Joyful said...

Glynnis, your devotional today is such a beautiful benediction to the post I just wrote on my blog, I went back and added a link to your P31 devotional on my post. I was writing on my thoughts in Job as I read through the chronological Bible (I'm posting daily) and your devotional added the perfect conclusion. Incredible timing - only God!!!! Thanks so much. (If you desire, you can read my post entitled, "Dart Practice" here: http://ponderinginhispresence.blogspot.com/2009/01/dart-practice.html)

Trust all is well with you. Always enjoy visiting.
Love & prayers,
Joy

Angela said...

Everywhere I go, or whenever I turn my radio on or drive by a build-board, a "home based business" has been advertised. This morning my alarm clock went off and a radio ad about home-based business was on. I said, "Ok, Father are you speaking to me?" I'm not happy on my current job and am looking for entreprenueral outlet (family full of entreprenurs). I read the my devotional from P31 Ministries and guess what I found - your blog. Talk about getting your prayers answered. I will take the matter specifically (as to what to do, timing, etc.) to the Lord and will follow your blog

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