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  • all the time my dream is to open a rent to own store here. I just want to wait until more of my kids have moved out I hope to have more money then.
  • Yes all the time. Im currently sick at home after an accident, so the world is my oyster. Its just how to do it, what to sell, and having the inspiration.
  • i have thought of starting a business for my mother she loves making gift baskets but i guess you gotta have money to make money
  • I've thought about it. I tried starting something with a few friends a few years ago and I did my part but they pretty much did nothing so now I know I'll either have to develop and produce something myself or find other people motivated enough to invest some time. Both of those scenarios are proving difficult.
  • Yes, been there and done that.
  • I've thought about it and researched it for years, but just can't pull the cash together. Plus the market for a new age bookstore/supply store isn't exactly booming here.
  • I had my own business and it was a nightmare trying to find people who had good work ethics. Won't do it again!
  • Have worked for myself a couple of times. Takes lots of determination and discipline, the rewards are there though. If you have a desire to be self employed, go for it and don't let the nay sayers change yoru mind.
  • I thought about it. Too many problems involved. I don't have enough money, I wouldn't want to spend 100 hours a week at work, the legal part can be a nightmare, good employees are hard to find, where I live is not very small business friendly.
  • YES! I am currently in process of getting a new business started up and I am scared of out of my mind... but I know it will be worth it and I think it's the right of every American person to live out their passion and fulfill the American Dream. If one person can do it.. why can't I?? and if all fails with me and this venture - at least I tried! :)
  • I have been working for myself for more than three years now in the housekeeping field. The demand for great housekeepers is high and the income can be great, too. I work alone and do all the advertising myself. I plan on expanding but want to think about that first. I didn't go into this to get rich...I did this so I could help others enjoy their spare time with family instead of cleaning their own house house. All of my customers are great to me, and there is a personal connection with each customer too. What I mean is they truly trust me with everything, and they have even called me to help with their pets while they are away. I love it. It's hard work though, and it's not like I don't get tired. I now have 18 customers a month ranging from weekly cleaning, every other week cleaning, to monthly cleaning. I even do offices too, and include one time deep cleanings on weekends if there is no other time to do them. (Those would be the people who call and just need me to go through their home or office one time and clean it top to bottom. You can pull in the big bucks doing that!) I can take off and be with my kids if I want to as well. But not working is not working, and you don't have sick days. SO....think about it...:) Enjoy! Also, I do work a few hours per week on line in the evenings to earn a little extra income. It's fun.
  • I would like to start my own photography business. I don't even know where to start, or how to get customers. It's scary to think about!
  • Yes I have and have started several businesses in past years.
  • yep, and i will one day .. hence me going to business school :)
  • I did for about a year and a half. Worked like a dog. Finally had to go back out there because I just couldn't pay the bills.
  • No, I don't pay very well.
  • Yeah but that's so popular these days, what happens when everyone owns a business?
  • On the side.
  • Yes but I need lots of money to do that...so I wont. :)
  • Yes. I'm thinking of setting up a small computer services business next year, or the year after that. It depends on many things, of course, most important of which is the funding.
  • Yes, I have tried so many different things. My latest thing is PTC sites. Check this out: http://www.squidoo.com/PTCsitereviews I also created a website about acne (www.acnehelp4u.net), hoping to help others as well as get revenue from google ads (which has not worked out so well). I also buy and sell online.
  • yes in some point but still there's this urge that i have to work for others so that for me to learn
  • Sure have, was surprised to find a number of people trying to start the exact same business in my immediate area though. Think i'll have to move if i want to be a success.
  • There is a formula that I was taught by another, a man who had success in small business. He told me "If you can pay your rent,pay your utilities and also feed your self and your family and all of the daily needs in life for one year without a single customer, you stand a chance of making it" This has become one the models in business today (corporate or large scale) enterprise. The other is taking the risk and laying all on the table. I have worked for myself and in the beginning I had to work a second job since the money from my work wasn't anywhere close enough. That I was single and able to cut costs helped and the advice above. I don't know if this qualifies as an answer to your question or just some food for thought in strategy.
  • Yes I have and yes I am. I have never worked for anyone in my life except myself and there is no greater feeling then being in complete control of your finances, your life and your future. I was able to retire at a very early age due to the success of my business and now devote my time to my family and helping as many people I can start their own business.I am always available to answer your questions and help in anyway I can. i-mentor@hotmail.com
  • yes, I have recently started footwear website called Plattoes.com I am working on getting buyers for wholesale and boutiues
  • Open a Pizza business make lots of "dough"
  • Yes I have been working fo myself since the age of 17 and became a millionaire by the age of 25. Just think about this, you are only one choice away from changing your life forever. You don't have to believe me most people don't. Read my profile if you wish, I mentor for free.
  • I have. I had to stop because of a few situations out of my control. But as soon as I can, I will again. I love my job!
  • I have, I did, and I do. It can be long hours and difficult but the freedom is worth it
  • yes many times, but its not really the right moment just now to try and open a business from scratch.
  • Yes. I believe what I am reading between the lines is giving yourself permission to start your own business. I have been self-employed in various businesses over the last 30 years. You can get overloaded with a great deal of information and good or well intentioned advice as you go through your decision making process to start your own business. Without knowing where you are at in the process or whether or not you bring any specific skills or knowledge to having your own business there is one thing you must focus on. Whatever business you get into must be in alignment with who you are. You can do all the market research, learn new skills, do a business plan and more but if the business is not something you are passionate about at your core then guess what.....ultimately, the business will fail. The number one mistake people make is that they get into starting a business for the money. That is very important but it will not insure your long term success. Start something that you are passionate about and feel you can continue to be passionate about. Get a clear picture of what you want your future to look like. Be realistic with yourself and see if the business you are starting is capable of giving you the picture you want. The two key points here are: 1. Have passion and enthusiasm. If you don't no one else will. You need others' passion and enthusiasm to lift you up and keep you going. 2. Get a clear picture of the future you want. Know how you want to design your life. Once the future is finished in your mind, what you need to do in present regarding starting a business will become clear
  • Although the economy is deteriorating, this provides an opportunity for many people to start a business and fill a void of many businesses which failed or stopped providing a service. Many people are afraid to start out on their own because there is no constant pay cheque from week to week. It takes time and a lot of work to get going but once you do, there is no looking back. You will never want to go back to work for anyone else. You can either start your own business or look to buy another business. If you are looking to buy another business, look at businesses for sale on www.thebusinessplace.com. In addition, there is a blog on this website on tips and checklists of what you should look for or ask when buying or starting a business.
  • The two most overrated things in the world are natural childbirth and owning your own business.
  • ... yes, and have been doing so since 1977 ... check my profile for details ...
  • Yes....but at the end of the day when you work for someone else, as I did, you can just forget about it all. If you are the owner you can't.
  • I opened my own business in 2002. It is probably one of the hardest things I have done. However no matter how hard the start up period was I wouldn't give it up . I wish you all the best LoriGaudette.com
  • I have and I did. The problem with people is not that they would not like to stay home and work. It is the false hope you get from being at a job. You get a set check biweekly or monthly. Most people today have realized that no job is secure and to think so is ludacris. That's why 1000s of people are doing some sort of business on the side.
  • yes i have a pet supplie store. i dint sell the pets though.
  • I've had a jewelry - belt buckle - and knife business off 'n on for YEARS ..selling at Flea markets from Ohio to Florida .... during the summer months .. During the winter; I was involved with my massage therapy salon / alternative medicine salon ... I've had a few other little businesses that I will start up and then sell once they get going ....
  • I actually started doing that, a few years ago. It’s really not that different from working for someone else, as long as you make sure you’ve got enough to do. Unfortunately, I fell into the trap of letting a client lure me into a false sense of security and started treating them like my employer. As soon as the work started drying up, they dropped me and left my family with no income. Fast-forward 15 months: I’m still self-employed, but I’ve learned that I have to spread myself out a little more—not put all my eggs in one basket, so to speak. I’ve got one really good client that should probably give me about 20 hours/week for years to come, so as long as I keep making sure I’ve always got a few more jobs in process (and on the horizon), I’m doing just fine. :-)
  • I did about 2 years ago and it was the BEST decision i ever made! I love the freedom.
  • yes...i started my business 3.5 years ago...i am so glad i did.
  • Have thought about it alot and have done it alot.

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