Best Small Business to Start in 2014

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Best Small Business to Start in 2014

Best Small Business to Start in 2014




by Ben Stevenson
Food Truck Journalist
New York City

As the New Year approaches, many entrepreneurs are doing research to identify the best small business to start in 2014. When I think of a best small business to start, I believe that it has to meet the following criteria:

The first and most important ingredient is a passion for the business. I and you would want to be devoting our time and effort to a business that we love, that we dreamed we could create. Why? Because every moment that you are doing something you love, you do not feel like you are enslaved in an occupation that you hate and dread. You will always be enthusiastic and energized to be heavily involved in your passion. The days, months and years that you put into your business, will never seem like wasted time in your eyes. No matter what, you will be enjoying your work, that will make every work day, like a vacation day, just without the beach, turquoise water and white sand. Clearly, the business you love is the best small business to start. The business that you dream about, that is the best small business to start. If you love preparing food, love serving food, making your customers happy and have great social and business skills, if you have imagined yourself in a Food Truck launching your new business, then a Gourmet Streets Food Truck will be your best small business to own or invest in for 2014.

My second criteria is that the best small business to start be one that I or you can own and operate. As an entrepreneur, you are dedicated, you work hard and you want all of your sweat and labor to bear fruit for you and your family, not for the corporate big wigs in their ivory towers. Of course, that is not to demean anyone who prefers working in corporate. But clearly, working in corporate has it’s limits, and a ceiling on how high you can go. As an owner, you are sitting at the wheels of true capitalism, you have an opportunity to grow your small business into an empire, or just keep it as a small business, totally up to you. You make your own hours and you answer to yourself and of course your customers, but most important, you will be making the final decisions. If you want to call a meeting, call one, if you need to change a recipe, do so, if you have to find a new location, get on it, it is your decision. You will not be called into your manager’s office to be at his or her beckon call. You will be working for yourself. Can you handle that? If you see the great value and potential that working for yourself holds in the United States, then seize it and do not look back, only forward. That is my second criteria for the best small business to start.

A third criteria is that the best small business to start will leave you in proximity of your family and friends. I think that in the long run, every person on the planet understands the value of family. While we all are somewhat stuck in the mirage of illusion that we will be here forever, in the deep recesses of our minds, we know that it is not true. That being said, what can we learn from people who have already spent their lives working and have passed? We can learn that the best small business to start is one that will leave us ample time to honor our dreams, ourselves, our family, our friends.  The article that is appended to the bottom of this one, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, gained so much momentum that it was read by more than three million people around the globe in its first year. And it was turned into a book by it’s author Bonnie Ware. Notice point number two of the most common regrets of the dying, they wish they had not worked so hard. They wish that they had spent more time with their family and friends. A food truck business offers that opportunity. Yes, you have to work hard, but you can make your own hours, you can hire help, you can work close to home and you can even have your family be part of the business. The point is that starting a food truck business leaves the possibility that you can not only make a great income, but you can do so not at the expense of having great times with your family. If you can see the value of having extra time for your loved ones, that is a third reason that a food truck is a best small business to start in 2014 and any year for that matter.

Last but not least, an important criteria for choosing a best small business to start is it’s earning potential. When we examine the earning potential of a food truck, we are looking at a very bright future, and for good reason: a December 2012 study by Intuit and Emergent Research predicted that revenue from the food truck industry will reach $2.7 billion by 2017.  A Gourmet Streets food truck is a much less expensive investment than a brick-and-mortar restaurant, about one quarter the cost,  and according to Industry experts, the failure rate for food trucks is just 10 to 20 percent (as opposed to 60 to 90 percent for restaurants). With the right equipment and some great recipes, you can have your mobile eatery up and running in no time. A Gourmet Streets Food Truck Business Package can have you trained and your food truck configured and built within 12 weeks. If you are interested in more information as well as receiving a Free copy of the Food Truck Industry Study by Intuit, please click here. To call Gourmet Streets, their number is 888.983.8383.

As promised, the Bonnie Ware article:

REGRETS OF THE DYING

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By Bonnie Ware

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.  When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.  This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.  It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

I wish I didn’t work so hard. This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result. We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying. It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

I wish that I had let myself be happier. This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.