A Word from A
... Where Are The Giraffes?"
1999, by Cheryl Demas
- M y daughter
will be 5 next month. We have been trying to decide what to do
about her birthday party. There are so many decisions to be made.
This is a big birthday for a little girl, so I've told her that
she can choose where she has her party. I've presented her options,
Chuck E. Cheese, McDonald's, The Gym, a Pool Party, a Pizza Party.
She finally decided on a Zoo party. Our local zoo has a great
birthday program. A zookeeper brings a few animals to your home,
talks about them and gives the children a chance to pet or hold
the animal if they wish to. They might bring a ferret, and a
snake or an owl.
- So great, she decided on the
Zoo Party. I waited a couple days just to be sure she wouldnít
change her mind. Then, as I was about to send the deposit to
the zoo, I asked one last time, "Now, youíre sure
you want the Zoo Party?" "Yes," she said, "I
think my friends will like it, and we've never had giraffes at
our house before."
Back to the drawing board.
I think this is such a difficult
decision because there are just too many choices. I often get
letters from women who really want to work from home, but they
don't know what to do. I think to myself, "How can that
be? There are so many things to choose from, so many business
that can be run from home." Perhaps that is the problem.
Too many choices.
So how does one decide what to
do, how do you pick your party? I always tell people to think
about the things they like to do, their skills and interests,
and try to build a business around that. And look at the businesses
other women are running, borrow ideas from them. If you choose
something you enjoy, you will have a better chance of success.
But be careful that you have realistic expectations, we're "work"
at home moms for a good reason. If someone is trying to sell
you on a business, they are going to present their best possible
story, and tell you why their company is best.
So you have to ask the questions,
find out exactly what is expected and what kind of results the
typical salesperson can expect. Find out exactly what animals
they will bring to the party, and then make your decision. My
daughter probably will still have her zoo birthday, because animals
are her "thing" right now, and I know she will have
a good time. I just need to make sure that she has realistic
Of course, as difficult as it
is, picking the business is the easy part. As any birthday mom
knows, once the "party" starts, then the real work
begins ... running your business.
Just watch out for the giraffes.