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.