Looking Back On My First Year With A Home Based Business

By Kirk Bannerman

For reasons that escape me now, I kept sort of a diary during my

first full year of working at a home based business.  It was

nothing close to being a complete daily diary, but was more of a

collection of scribbles about things that I felt were worthy of

note at the time.  Since quite a bit of time has passed since

then, I decided to revisit these notes.

In no particular order, here are some of the things that I had

made note of.

Choosing the path...in the beginning, my enthusiasm was very high

(perhaps too high?) and I was chasing off on several different

home-based business opportunities at the same time (exhibiting

the dog in a meat market syndrome, I suppose) and not focusing

my efforts enough to be successful at any single one of them.  I

finally reigned myself in and focused on a single work at home

business opportunity.

In other notes I find reference to emotional and/or psychological

issues that I experienced and are probably typical for most

people when starting a home based business.  When working at home

a person can, at times, experience a feeling of isolation which

is probably brought on by the lack of interaction of a work force

environment.

There were also periods of doubt in the early going...did I pick

a viable business opportunity?...am I doing the right things to

develop my business?...when will I start making a profit?, and

so on.

Many of the entries in my so-called diary had to do with the

proverbial two steps forward and one step backward thing and

the ever-looming temptation to become discouraged.  Although I

didn't appreciate it at the time, it is now obvious that as long

as you have more steps forward than backward you will eventually

get ahead!  Isn't hindsight wonderful?

Other entries reflect the fact that relatively minor events can

seem huge in the early stages of developing a work at home

business and can really contribute to an emotional roller coaster

ride.  For example, if you are just starting out and you have two

customers/clients and you lose one...that's a 50% drop!  However,

if you fast-forward in time to the point where you have hundreds

of customers/clients and you lose one...that's just a mere

fraction of 1%!  Same event, just at a different point in time.

Looking back on it now, some of the stuff I recorded now seems

humorous, but I'm pretty sure that was not the case at the time

I made the notations.

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