It was not until I found myself laying in a hospital bed last June that I was finally able to define success. Prior to landing in the hospital I was a very successful salesman in corporate America. I had reached a 6-figure a year income and I was quickly climbing the “corporate ladder.”
I was living to work, not working to live. I was oblivious to the fact that I was neglecting my family and my health.
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Why start a business? What are the top ten reasons why you started your own business? People ask me this question all of the time and for me it is very easy to answer. However, the order of importance has certainly changed since I started my first online business 10 years ago. If you had asked me this question when I first started my entrepreneurial adventure my first response would have been money.
It is so much easier to start a small business now than it was even 10 years ago, i.e. in the relatively recent past. Most homes have fast broadband connections (I know not all do but the majority have access to fast broadband speeds at reasonable cost), we have Skype and other free or inexpensive video conferencing facilities. Websites can be built quickly, easily and cheaply to provide a professional "shopfront"; social media can be used to spread the word and online networking allows you to reach many more people than traditional forms of business networking.
Many of us can run our small businesses from home but even if that is not possible because you need to hold large amounts of stock, the availability of good cheap self storage means that you do not have to commit to the high costs and long contracts involved with warehouse space. Many businesses when they first start up literally use a self-storgae unit as their warehouse, especially when they have free and easy 24 hour access. So premises, whether that's offices or warehouses are no longer a barrier in cost terms to starting out on your own.
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