What's in it for Me?

The best way to get motivated to start a new job is to ask yourself what is in it for me? Your answer should be based on the kind of business that you have, the skills that you are best at and the compensation.

If you have been doing the same business for years then you know that your skills, qualifications and compensation will remain the same for the foreseeable future. This is good. You don't have to reinvent yourself or change your lifestyle in order to stay competitive in today's market. But if you have new ideas and you are passionate about the business that you are starting up, then the possibilities are endless. This means that you can add value to the company and increase your potential for compensation.

It's important that you think about how you will earn the money that you are going to need to start up your business. This is where the questions "what is in it for me?" come in.

The first thing that you need to ask yourself is "What do I love doing?" This is a very important question. You need to love what you do to make it work. For example, if you are a writer you may have a love of writing. This is probably something that you are good at and it doesn't require much of an education to get started.

A business that you love doing is likely to be the one that you find profitable. Once you have the right skills, knowledge and passion for your business then you should be able to do it from home and with very little start up cost. If you can get motivated to start a business without all the expenses then this will be the one that you need to invest in.

When you have found the business that you are passionate about then it will be worth hiring people to help you develop those skills. There are many opportunities to hire a consultant, freelance writer or even your friend or relative to help you with your writing skills, business skills or your personal skills.

You have to make sure that you are working for the right business. Make sure that you are starting out on the right foot by knowing what you want from your new business. If you have the wrong skills, qualifications and experience then you will most likely not find success in this business. Be realistic in your expectations of yourself and what you can do and achieve.

Whatever your answer to the questions "what's in it for me?" be clear in your mind what it is that will motivate you to start and work towards your new business. To start off on the right foot, you have to decide exactly what you want to do with your business. This is a bit harder than it sounds and it will take some time to make this decision, but when you are clear about it and excited about making it happen, the rest of the process will fall into place and you will be successful.

Find a mentor or someone who has already made it in business to help you. People have a tendency to look to others to see what they can do to improve their business and you would be surprised at how quickly you can pick up ideas from them.

Create a business plan. It is very important to have a business plan and it needs to be based on solid financial projections so that you can measure the progress and failures you have made in the past. This is the only way that you can monitor where you are today.

Make sure that you work with a company that has been around for a while and offers a proven track record of success. You want to hire someone who is experienced in their field and a person who you can work with, trust and be comfortable working with.