by Deborah A. Bailey
1. Look at your current financial situation. What do you have in the bank, savings accounts, investments, etc? Determine what you have to pay off before you leave your day job.
2. If you have family/friends that you are financially responsible for, let them know your plans. Everyone has to be on the same page.
3. Join a networking group and start meeting people outside of your circle. Go to Chamber of Commerce events, local community events, events at your place of worship - meet people and get to know them. Work on building relationships. People will be willing to help those who they get to know and like, also known as the “know, like and trust factor.” In addition, don’t be afraid to help others as well. People will be more likely to assist you if you do the same for them.
4. Join social media groups such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. LinkedIn in particular is the main site for professionals, and you can find many industry leaders there. People on social media sites are there to connect and network, so don’t hold back from making connections.
5. Research your business idea using internet searches to find out if similar products or services exist. You want to determine who your competitors are and how big your market will be.
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Copyright © 2010 Deborah A. Bailey
Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life .” She's also the creator and host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio, a weekly internet talk show. Her fiction work includes a short story collection and a novel, available on Amazon.com.
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