Do You Have A Business Mindset? By Ken Bradley –

Growing a home business should not be taken lightly. All aspects of your home business should be considered high priority. Your business is not a hobby.

You should be adopting a strong business mindset right from the start. Nothing that’s worthwhile is simple. You will at some point face obstacles on your journey and this is when you’ll need to use your business mindset the most.

If you allow yourself to become intimidated or overwhelmed by the first hump in the road, or if you find yourself casting blame, expressing an unhealthy cynicism, feeling a sense of entitlement, or feeling jealous of other’s success you’re likely not on the path to having the right mindset, which is what it takes to build a successful business.

Entrepreneurs are all different and they have different understandings as to what is a business mindset. The mindset of some might have to do with their personality or even the field in which they have chosen to work. Overall, having a business mindset simply means you are willing to do the work needed to get your business work done. One of those tasks is to understand that no one can build a successful business without the help of others. Many think that all you need to do is have a product or service to offer and then announce it. In reality what a business needs to do first is to find out if there is a need or customer base for that product or service.

Big businesses rely on statistical data before they expand or take on new ventures.  The data they study is the feasibility report or study.  It is the gathering of information regarding a particular market or area of business that you are wanting to get into. The main purpose of the report is to make sure that there is a market for your business.  And that it will be able to create cash flow and make profit. The feasibility report will help you analyze and summarize whether or not you should proceed with your business idea.

Your business mindset should encompass all possibilities of your venture. Most startup business owners get so excited about their home business project that they forget to think about the high failure rate of new businesses. It is better to know up front if your business has viability as opposed to starting up and then having to close up shop. Having the knowledge and understanding of market studies can advance you quickly. It is the mindset needed in the advancement of your home business planning.

Free Help Is Available – Very few people have the knowledge or experience to do a full and complete feasibility report.

Locally, the office of SCORE can help with marketing strategy, feasibility studies, strategic growth and all phases of your home business plan. This organization SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a great resource.  It would be wise to get on your local SCORE office email list. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They have been doing this for more than 50 years. Because their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and their network of more than 10,000 volunteers, they are able to deliver their services at no charge or at a very low cost. They conduct free business workshops on a regular basis and on various topics for small and home business entrepreneurs.

To contact your local Peoria office call (309)676-0755. You can connect with SCORE’s national office at