Does your Remote business pass the litmus test? Could you actually leave the country for weeks or months at a time and still count on the business to grow on its own and produce income?
In this article I am going to share with you some of the most important questions that you should be asking yourself to avoid a career that is going to keep you chained to your desk.
When I am approached with a business or come up with an idea, I ask myself these following questions to help me decide if I should even consider pursing the business.
These days, if they do not get passed these questions with a yes, then I am probably going to go a different direction.
Now for the smell test questions:
This may take some introspection and some deep thinking about what the business is, who it would involve and what you would need to figure out to get all of the pieces together. This type of think and evaluation will become paramount when assessing situations for your business in the future, so play the tape out and visualize as best as you can where you would see yourself and the business in a year or two.
If you can do it on your own, great, do it! Unfortunately, most enterprises, even small ones, will need to depend on others to accomplish whatever it is your business will do or provide for people. The question you need to concern yourself with is can you effectively manage then from a far, or set the business up in a way where employees or partners can or would be self-serving and motivated to accomplish tasks day to day to keep the company running smoothly.
(0%-60% is no good / 60%-80% is ok / 80%-100% is ideal). Automation is going to be key for you to managing efficiently from a far. It will allow you to batch work, and delegate important work properly. Also it really allows you to step away from the business, or parts of the business, for days or weeks at a time, and then come back to spot check at a later date. Most importantly automation usually takes the place of what human used to do and will allow you to perform more high value activities for the business.
For more on this topic check out my blog I wrote on Time vs. Money! This will really put this step in to perspective for you.
Once you have completed all of these steps, then you will have a solid understanding about what you could potentially be getting involved in. I can’t stress the importance of the exercises!
Because, I have been working as a management consultant for a number of years, I have a keen ability to understand what is going to make a business succeed, or a failure. Unfortunately, most folks don’t even think about these things when starting a business. Instead they get excited about the idea, or one aspect of the new business, and run with it, throwing caution to the wind and ignoring, or simply not shifting through the idea and all the endeavors they would incur first.
Be smart, be savvy, and get the business that will give you the life you desire. But don’t ever be afraid to give your idea a litmus test! It will save you time, money and heartache in the future. These simple actions will keep you on the right track helping you to avoid a business or an idea that will stand in the way of a better suited business or opportunity that will give you everything you need.