The First Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Thank you to those of you who tuned in last week to the return of “Making a Living with Maggie” on Martha Stewart Living Radio SIRIUS 112. I was joined by four fabulous guests throughout the hour and we shared tips, advice, ideas and inspiration about “Believing in Your Dreams.”

It’s a topic I feel can’t get enough air time. Callers shared their dreams, many focused starting their own businesses – from a hair stylist, to a wedding planner, to a stay at home Mom returning to work. The on air conversation focused on not just believing in your dreams but making them a reality.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming your own boss and want to know how to get started, there are great resources offered by the US Small Business Administration:
Free business consulting
Business planning resources
Information on health insurance and other programs for the self-employed.

You can also check out Marci Alboher’s Shifting Careers blog. She recently mentioned small business contests where you can find even more resources to support your dream.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming your own boss, perhaps it’s time to believe in your dreams. With support, preparation and planning you may very well realize your true potential.

What’s your dream way to make a living? What do you need to make it a reality?

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