Is It a Viable Business?

via Daily Prompt: Viable

Okay, so I’ve never had a viable business, but I have been successful at learning, getting life experience, helping people, gaining confidence.  In that sense I am successful.

I am living proof that you should probably do a market survey of any business you are thinking about getting in to.  I have had more than a couple of failed businesses over the past 10 years, that is, if you are only considering the financial aspect.

Everyone knows that a business needs to be able to support itself in order to be considered a viable business, but I measure success by my accomplishments.  What did I get out of my business?  Money? No.  Experience? Yes!  Friends? Yes, Confidence? Yes, Feeling Useful? Yes! Appreciated? Yes! Worthwhile? Yes!   The list of questions I would answer yes to could go on forever, so I’ll stop here.

My husband has had to bail me out of financial woes many times and I do know that I am very fortunate to have such an understanding husband.  It hasn’t been easy though.  Even though I have said in the past he is close to perfect, he is still far from it at times.  I do quite often hear about the “stuff” I have acquired.  What am I going to do with it all?  This is a real big question now since I have only a few months left to get rid of “stuff.”  At least I will be rid of the big overhead, but what will I do when it is all done?  How will I make myself feel useful, appreciated and so on?  I will never do retail again, not in this day.

I have helped so many people over the years in many different ways, depending on what business I was in at the time.  I failed miserably in regards to financial matters but I would not trade my experience and the people who I have met for anything in the world.  In that sense I consider myself to be very successful.  Considering all the anxiety and depression I have endured for years, I accomplished a lot.  Still I can’t help feeling lost right now when I think about what I am going to do in the next year.  How can I manage staying home, just being around the house, maybe do paper work for my husband?  It all sounds so boring.  It is boring.  I have been home for one week already and although I have a ton of stuff to do around the house, like cleaning all the clutter I have accumulated. I can’t seem to get at it.

I’m sure my husband is secretly wondering what business I am going to jump  in to next.  I don’t do a business plan, mostly because your friends will tell you your idea is good and strangers will tell you your idea is good.  Whether you ask in form of a survey or business interview people will tell you they think it is a good idea and that they would certainly support it.  I have asked in the past and it is always the same, “Oh yes, I would support your business!”  Then they don’t!

It takes a lot of money to get a business started, most businesses anyway.  I didn’t have enough money to pay for the advertising required.  I kept trying, I never gave up.  People say, you have no chance at success unless you decide to take a chance and try.

I do feel I have succeeded at many things.  I don’t regret it.  I would certainly change the way I did some of the things but it is too late for that now.  I just have to figure out now how I am going to help bring in an income to help pay bills that I have acquired instead of counting on hubby to pay them all.

2018 is going to be a totally different year for me.   Good or bad is yet to be seen, but I am sure I will be able to handle whatever comes my way.  My brain is always rolling around new ideas so I am as curious as I am anxious about this year.  One thing is almost for sure, hubby will be there to help me through it.  You can never be 100% sure about that.

Well, I guess I better get moving.  I have lots of paper work to complete year-end for taxes.  This is never something I look forward to, but it must be done.  I’m done ranting for now, thank you for listening.

I’m Frazzled Again.

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  1. Getting your own business together is tough isn’t it? My husband owns one, and has had many through the years. It’s just starting to take off, ten years in. He never gave up, never gives in. You go girl! Thanks for sharing…

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