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BlueprintA lot of folks dream about owning their own business so that they’ll have the freedom to do the things they most want to do. Unfortunately, once they get into the business, they find that rather than owning the business the business owns them far worse than the job they left ever did. What I’m about to suggest isn’t necessarily a cure-all for that, but it is something worth considering as you think about starting your business.

Don’t start with the design of the business. Start first with what kind of LIFE you want that business to give you. Do you want to travel? Or never have to travel? Spend more time as a family?

If thinking about “the kind of life you want” seems to broad, ask yourself, “What would the ideal DAY look like?” Would you get up early and only work half a day? Would you be able to sleep late? Would you be able to work when you want and take off when you want? Who would you spend your time with? What would you do during a typical day that would make you feel like you accomplished something? Simply envision what you want, or don’t want, for your typical day and then you can start to work designing a business that helps you get there.

True, there are a lot more specific questions you’ll have to answer along the way, but beginning with your ideal day in mind will help you make a lot of decisions about what business, and what business model, is best for you. The next step is designing the systems to make all this possible.

By the way, getting to correspond with YOU like this every week is a something I enjoy a great deal about my business. A formal THANK YOU greeting will arrive next week, but consider this an early expression of my gratitude and that of my family!

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