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I started this site because I wanted to better support people who are running businesses which are their passion. From pet sitters who love the animals in their care through to handmade designers who create beautiful items which fill our homes and every type of business in between – businesses built on a foundation of joy. If you haven’t started your business yet – and you want to – make 2016 the year in which you make a start, even if you begin with baby steps. Because if now isn’t the right time, then when will be?

Every day lately the media brings us the sad tidings of another person who has left us, public figures but also thousands of other people whose names don’t make the news report. The times I have lost someone close to me it has made me very aware of how precious time is. This isn’t a negative post (I hope). Rather it’s an encouragement not to put off anything that you want to do. Sometimes we get caught up in the routine of the every day and while that can be wonderful in many ways (there’s nothing wrong in celebrating the routines that enrich our lives) it’s important not to lose sight of what’s really important to you.

Changing our career or starting a new venture can seem daunting but you don’t have to leap in with both feet first (unless that’s what suits you) instead start to do some research; set up a blog or a website; actually commit to writing that book you have always wanted to start, just for an hour a day; start to get active on social media and tell people more about the subject you love or the business you want to start or grow.

Remember when you were a child and you did things just for the fun of them, for play, for excitement, for joy? We all need to bring that into our lives so that we can really make the most of every day. If we can also turn that into a business then so much the better, because we will be providing others with wonderful products and superb services.

And if you are thinking, but I’m too old to start, too young, too inexperienced, too set in my ways, not confident enough, too shy, or any other reason, then I want to say none of those things are true. If you truly want something enough, you will make a start and all those other concerns will gradually fall away.

Do things that matter to you. Do those interminable meetings at work really matter? Does it really matter if you leave the dishes unwashed and spend an hour a day on what you love to do?

Make a start right now, today, and just see where it takes you.

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