They are everywhere, just like mosquitos near a stagnant pool of water. “What?” You ask. Get rich quick schemes and offers. My inbox sees several every week.
These “silver-tongued individuals craft words carefully to entice the desperate and perhaps the lazy who are eager to make money without doing any work.
Granted, some businesses are easier than others. Granted there are systems which are simpler and easier to follow than others. Modern technology has made so many aspects of business easier. With that ease of operation, has also come a flood of additional people participating.
Can you still make money in a small business without working 24/7 and searching under the cushions of your sofa for every penny to keep going? Yes. Small business has brought America out of the last depression and more than a few economic downturns (recessions). As a serial entrepreneur and small business enthusiast, I believe in the entrepreneur. I believe in small business. America was founded by entrepreneurs working in small businesses.
Pete Cashmore of Mashable started his business by writing articles to learn about technology; he built an empire. He is the cover story of the June 2013 Success magazine.
Bill Gates of Microsoft said, “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”
Opportunities abound for the ambitious entrepreneur.
IKEA was started by a 17 year old. It was not his first venture. Ingvar Kamprad started by buying matches in bulk and selling them for a profit and still at a fair price. He reinvested his profits and kept expanding until he started selling furniture. When he found furniture was the winning product for him, he focused his efforts and created IKEA. (IKEA is his initials IK followed by Elmtaryd, the family farm, and Agunnaryd, the small village near his home in Sweden. He is now ranked as one of the wealthiest men by Bloomberg.
Entrepreneurs are winners. Small businesses can and do succeed. No business ever works unless you do. Get rich quick and easy money may sound appealing but use caution; select your business carefully.
Personally, I am not only a small business entrepreneur, but also a Rotarian. As a Rotarian, we live by the 4 way test.
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
When you find a business you are passionate about presenting to others which lives up to the 4 way test, you have a winner. Roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Small business is the answer for so many, IF you are willing to work and live by the Rotarian 4 way test in the process. “Get rich quick” and “ethical small business” rarely belong in the same sentence.
Find a business you are passionate about starting and continuing even when the inevitable discouraging days appear. Trust me, those days do appear in the life of every entrepreneur. Find a reason to succeed which is bigger than making money. There is nothing wrong with the desire to make a comfortable income. Money as the only motivation rarely carries you through the tough days; that is why “get rich quick” rarely works.
Here’s a toast to the entrepreneur. Here is a toast to an ethical and successful small business.