Project Opportunity [PO] – The Ultimate Roadmap to becoming an Entrepreneur. I cannot think of an easier or simpler way to describe it. Creating a concept or idea for a business is the easy part. What lies ahead can be overwhelming and life changing. Small business does not fit everyone’s lifestyle or budget.
Project Opportunity from the beginning took me through a series of basic questions, and when answered honestly told me if small business was for me. The questions were pointed and direct. I needed to find out if there was a market for my service or product. How and where do I find my market? How do I get to my market? What is it going to cost me? How much money do I need to start? How much money do I need to earn in a month, and what are my expenses? How do I get the money I need? Are there any programs for veterans? How should I set up my business? What gives me the better tax benefits? I had legal questions, financial questions, technical questions, website questions, internet questions, google questions. Should I buy a listing in the Yellow Pages or pay Google by the click? Will my employees be paid by the hour, on commission or be outside contractors? Do I have to provide my employees with healthcare? It went on and on.
Every decision that’s made and involves the business will either cost money, save money, or make money. A paycheck every month is not guaranteed. The margin for error is small.
Project Opportunity helped me navigate all the landmines that could possibly be imagined when it comes to starting a new business. The organizers were committed to help me succeed. The speakers that came in each week and shared their expert knowledge wanted to present to the group, they asked to be there. I was totally taken aback by how much they wanted to share their knowledge with this program, and to help veterans start a new business.
The program, in a very methodical way starting with qualifying yourself for this journey, took me right up to setting my plan in place and starting a business. There is no way a business will be successful without a plan; marketing, financial or operational. My plan was created with the help of each instructor and speaker who had a thought or idea to share. Along the way I learned how to be prepared to adapt and adjust. The best plan is not always the right plan. Upon completing Project Opportunity my confidence level was busting at the seams. I felt confident that I had made the correct choice to start a small business. I was also confident that there was a market for my service, and that I had identified where and how to get to that market.
One year after Project Opportunity I am ahead of plan with all projections and goals that were initially set. Adjustments for my 2015 goals have been upgraded and when needed I refer to the PO folder for guidance and ideas. Like any learning experience, you get out of it what you put into it. This opportunity, without question, is the most beneficial experience I have participated in since leaving the military in 1979.
My sincere thanks to all who were involved.
Kiss My Glass of USA Window Cleaners
Kiss My Glass of USA is a local, veteran owned small business that provides window cleaning service to both residential and commercial accounts in the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County area.