Part of any business owner’s life, however, is the necessity not to always be driven by money. Money is a tool not and end in itself. Money provides for some aspects of life, that is a given. But, money does make a life. Money is only one result of your work. So, what are the other results, you may be asking?
Moving Beyond Money
Let me attempt to explain moving beyond money by relating a story about two shop owners. These shop owners needed to augment their pension income. I’m sure at one time or another, whether that be right now or in the near future, you may find yourself in need of additional income.
In this case, the owner’s good fortune was to come across an opportunity to start a seasonal craft business in a small but busy tourist area with the ocean attraction right at their door step. They came across this location quite by accident as the story goes. But, the decision to start a new business selling local artists’ works wasn’t difficult.
And, even though the decision to start a new business at this beautiful location wasn’t difficult the first tasks for these small business owners wasn’t without its’ own unique challenges.
First of all, they had to be able to pay the owner of the small building they wanted to rent. The sum required couldn’t be paid for in installments but had to be paid in one lump sum. The rent amounted to several thousands of dollars and the first problem was where to find the money. Bear in mind, in this particular case, that the small building was in terrible shape without character and in need of a makeover. Plus, the new owners needed to be able to stock their business with suitable and quality products, plus office supplies, bags, etc. and the money needed for a debit machine and telephone line.
You probably have heard before that it takes money to make money. Well, that’s true; there is no way around it. You have to invest before you can earn. The issue for almost everyone starting a small business isn’t the desire to start, it is more what are you willing to do to put your desire into motion and to carry through in completing part of the end goal. Or, in other words, sometimes starting a business isn’t the biggest issue; it’s more about maintaining step by step growth that propels you toward your goal of running and managing a viable and sustainable business.