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Feb
08

How Solid Is Your Business Foundation?

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d0388982-1731-4584-9bfc-b558b1854dafI believe scripture has many things to say about being self-employed and how to go about conducting business, prospering and being a blessing to those who buy our products and services. Often times when beginning initial research on starting a business, we often may turn to books and blogs written by people who are not necessarily people of faith. And while any new venture requires due diligence in researching and learning as much as you can about your business, we mustn’t overlook the value that can be found in the scriptures.

Just like a new house is built with a firm foundation; the same idea applies to being self-employed. The foundation in which we build our businesses upon needs to be strong and secure, able to withstand the winds of uncertainty that comes with striking out on our own.

How solid is your business foundation and what is it built upon?

 

To lay the groundwork for your business base it upon God’s word. Below are some scripture verses that address areas of self-employment that are important for building a firm foundation.

Time Management

Ephesians 5:15-17 So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely.

 

Money Management

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

 

Customer Service

Proverbs 12:2 Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

1 Timothy 6:18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

Obstacles and Challenges

2 Timothy 1: 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

 

Making Plans

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit, as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

 

Fear and Worry

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because He cares for you.

Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

Wisdom in Decision Making

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man and unstable in all he does.

 

Work Ethic

Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not men.

 

(All scriptures are from the NIV Bible.)

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tara Pray seeks to help as many women possible live their God inspired dreams. She believes the dreams given to us by God are rooted in our life’s purpose. On her sitewww.wordsbytara.com she provides ideas, information and inspiration to help woman live in the fullness of their dreams.

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