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In a world where we tend to scramble for ways to earn more, there is a dangerous temptation that we may have overlooked: taking every opportunity to earn more without thinking about whether it will spread you thin.
While grabbing crucial opportunities that may be available to us seems like the right thing to do (plus it’s pretty exciting!), the fact is, biting off more than we can chew can backfire on us! We need to understand that it’s not about the number of things we dabble in that gets us results; but rather, it’s the few things that we do that we focus on, and are happy and passionate about that may bring us the most returns. Quality… not quantity.
These days, there are quite a lot of interesting business ideas that may catch your fancy. While these could be lucrative, admittedly, let’s face the fact that you have limited energy and time (perhaps 8 to 10 working hours a day?) to work with. Thus, you’ll need to increase your efficiency, prioritize and streamline your daily tasks and projects.
Here are good ways to work with the resources that you currently have:
1. Figure out what you really love to do.
Work and business choices will fall into place if you are working on something you really love doing. Passion is the key to help you keep going even when the going gets rough. So if you come across business or job opportunities that pique your interest, think about prioritizing them according to how passionately you feel about them. The more passionate you are about something, the more likely it will be that you will stick by that project through thick and thin. Follow up with other projects only after you’ve gotten the first ones up and running.
2. Figure out what you’re really good at doing
To make your business work, you’ll need passion, as well as the right skills to make things work. Even though you’re passionate about something, it may turn out that it doesn’t work for you; if so, then don’t waste any time and effort on the venture. Instead, go and find something that you’re passionate about that is also a good fit for your skill sets.
3. Do you have the resources for it?
One big hindrance may be the lack of capital. You can try saving for it or getting a loan for your business capital. Here is a primer on how to get a loan — you can bootstrap your business by financing it on your own terms (rather than seeking venture capital). You may also try looking into using a business credit card to get you started. If things don’t go your way, you might want to bide your time by building up a savings account and investing smartly: you may want to look into stock investing to help grow your money first.
Business ideas come and go, and there are a lot of these ideas that may vie for your attention. However, a good number of them may not be worth your time. Spreading yourself too thin may result in high stress, burnout or even a nervous breakdown. So it’s best to learn how to streamline (or edit) your life and work so that you can conserve and focus your energies on the few crucial ventures that will give you the best results.