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7 Steps To Starting A New Business. by iamseun (m): 1:18pm on November 10
Mathew Oluwaseun
University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
Mechanical Engineering
500Level, Nigeria.
It is no longer news that we are in a recession, which means that quite a number of people are unemployed, underemployed , and some have even lost their jobs. Rather than sit at home bemoaning your ill luck, or berate the government, this might be the best time to start your own business.

Arthur Miller- a lifelong Trainer and Consultant stated that one in two people in the U.S are in the wrong job. However, I believe the figures are much higher in Nigeria as experience over the course of my career has taught me. In this post, we will be looking at the necessary steps in finding a new job or business. Either in finding a new job or starting a business, the following steps are imperative to ensure that you go into the business suited to your temperament and have the appropriate skills and training to enable you excel , take advantage of your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. As an extrovert, for instance, you should do a business that exposes you to people while introverts are configured to do creative and detail demanding things.

(1) Establish your primary purpose in life. What is your real purpose in life in starting a new business? It should be same as your life’s motivation in line with your beliefs (or your faith) once you have determined that your primary purpose , then and only then are you ready to find a different position . Independence, more money, job satisfaction etc. are not good answer in themselves, first settle the matter of who or what is first in your life. What are your values? One should wake up in the morning, and anticipate going to do something you believe in, not one you despise.

You may need independence, more money, less stress etc. But you need to know that your primary desire should be to seek to make the world a better place. Don’t just pay lip service to it as most Nigerians do, rather seek to be a Conscientious business man/woman in fact, never owe staff salaries no matter what, work hard and maintain high integrity. For Christians, it will include paying your tithe, and never working on Sundays, all these principles are ways of entering into a covenant of wealth with your maker, make Him your senior partner in business. Never sell harmful or illegal products because there are things in life that are more important than money.

(2) Examine your Temperament: A simple test will help you determine your temperament which is a key to your vocational aptitude, find below the rules of dumb which is a general guide. With that overview, you can tell what vocation best suits your needs.
Sanguines are people oriented salesmen types who excel in Public-Relations, people helping or anything that requires helping people.
Cholerics are strong natural leaders who are goal/project oriented individuals who love to manage people.
Melancholies are creative, analytical individuals with strong perfectionist traits and often have aesthetic traits (most geniuses are melancholy.)
Phlegmatics are cool, detail conscious individuals who tend to limit themselves. They can do statistical, microscopic work that can drive others berserk.

(3) PRAY: Man is a spiritual being, unfortunately many see prayer as something to be done in certain places, however it simply means communing with a higher power. When you go beyond simply thinking about your desires to making the effort to commune with higher power or as some call it ‘Pray, Trust, Commitment, and acknowledge’ your spirit somehow draws your desire to you . If you are unemployed, dissatisfied or seeking a new vocation, pray about it. Your discontentment will be removed or the door to a new opportunity will open – if you give him time and draw closer to him during the waiting period.

(4) SHARE YOUR CONCERN WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST: It helps to share your burden with someone you trust, ensure they share your values, and are qualified to do so. It not only unifies your ideas but puts others on the alert for opportunity because opportunity often comes to us through others.

(5) INVESTIGATE /RESEARCH: Seeking should motivate us to do something, so make a list of the things you think you can or will like to do, and the income you need to live on, prioritize from those on top and start making contacts. Taking that bold step will make things happen.

(6) BE FAITHFUL AND WATCH FOR THE OPEN DOOR: The open door could be something as simple as a problem that needs a solution you can provide. For instance only a few days ago I overhead someone decrying the fact that corn starch cannot be obtained in Nigeria, as such their firm had to import it. Is someone thinking? Whatever you do, ensure you do your best where you are, give the best service to your clients, no matter how small and do not despise small beginnings. There is the need to be 100% faithful at first and always.

(7) ANTICIPATE THE FUTURE WITH PEACE AND CONFIDENCE: Be concerned but don’t worry. Why? Because worry is unattractive, and often makes people desperate and prone to error


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Don not get stuck at the well of argument. Let God be your vindicator. Let Him fight your battles. He will vindicate you better than you can vindicate yourself.

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