Pray. Ask God to reveal His will for your life. Write out the vision of what you believe God is calling you to.
Share your vision with trusted friends.
Ask them to pray with you and for you. Seek confirmations from them.
Make a business plan. There are many do-it-yourself business plans on the internet.
Count the costs. They may be money, time, or forgoing other activities and comforts. Zig Ziglar explained, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” Jesus described the costs of being His disciple this way: “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”(Luke 14:28).
Avoid partnerships. There may be a time and place for them, but in my experience with business clients, they rarely work.
Check your ego at the drawing board. Are you going to do this in your strength or God’s? Be sure to acknowledge God as the boss.
Determine how much is enough. What’s a homerun? Know that. Otherwise, success may become your idol, and you may become addicted to pursuing it instead of God.
Trust God’s timing.
Look for God at work.
Thank God for his faithfulness.
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude” (Zig Ziglar).
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Patricia Hartman works with business, tax, and divorce clients and volunteers at the Single Mom Ministry of Sheridan House Family Ministries. Find out more at trishahartman.com and on Twitter @trishahartman.