Typical crazy Susan story this one. I was at a meeting where someone was praying for business people to have new ideas. The following morning I woke up seeing the front of a book that said something about making money and definitely included the word parlour. I was not quick enough to write down the exact title but before long it became Money Making Parlour.
The idea was to write a book based on ideas borrowed from the public domain about how to set up a business from home. The Making the Parlour book is based on a book of ideas about how to use a typewriter to make money. The original text is but each idea has had comments added to it. These comments give ideas on how to adjust the idea so it can be used with a computer.
After the book
It was while writing this book that the philosophy now associated with Lily’s Place developed. It became increasingly obvious how essential the apprenticeship period is if you are ever going to have a successful business.
Many do not succeed until their second, third or even fourth attempt. They learn a bit more each time. Even those who are well known and successful entrepreneurs have a handful of failures in their past that they have learned from.
The problem is that many people know that they need to make more money and then discover a host of get rich quick websites. Many sound too good to be true and they are. This then gets the whole concept of developing money-making ideas a bad name.
What you need is a website that offers a calm, measured approach to setting up a business that you can run from home. A website that promotes old-fashioned values such as starting small and then building it up so that you learn as you go.
I have seen too many businesses collapse within a year of them being set up. Some of them were businesses that should never have been set up in the first place. They were based on hot air rather than solid research and development.
Start small and test
This is the philosophy behind Making Money in the Parlour. Starting small home based enterprises to test out ideas and to test the people setting up the businesses. Not all ideas are worth developing into a fully fledged business and not everyone is in the right place in terms of their personal development to make a success of a business.
Despite this some people have an idea and leave it until they have to something to support themselves and their families before they try it out. If their untested idea turns into a business collapse, they can be worse off after trying than they were before. This is because the devastation of their lives goes further as marriages collapse, homes disappear and debts pile up.
Ever noticed that big businesses are constantly testing new products? They try a new product idea with real customers. Ever been in a shopping centre and someone has approached you with a questionnaire or invited you into a nearby hall to do some kind of product testing? Ever seen the new products that are tried but then disappear? They try a product with a small group or in a small area. If it works the process moves to the next stage if not the idea is dropped.
How do you test a business idea without putting it into practice?
You can do all the planning that it is possible to do. You can do all the research that it is possible to do. You can put a range of plans in place in case things go wrong. None of these things are a substitute for real hands on experience.
Sooner or later there comes a time when you have to take a leap of faith and just go for it. Why not take a leap forwards while you have the safety net of a job? A sort of trial run or even a hands on business apprenticeship.
And the parlour…
This was the name of the best room in the house in the late 19th century. Yes it is spelt in the British way because I am British.
The name in itself shows the importance of testing. I tried telling my Facebook friends about it. One of them who had been brought up in Nigeria told me that in the former British colonies the word parlour had a quite different connotation. It was the place where people did things that were illegal. The thought of a lady making money in the parlour horrified her. That was why the subtitle of the book became “Use the best room in the house to make money at home in an honest, legal and decent way”
I have seen too many people struggling to make ends meet because they do not know how to set up and run a small or even part-time business. A business that would provide them with an income while they were a stay at home parent or a carer. People who did work that was of great value to the community, but that did not pay them enough to live on. A home based business would be ideal for people in that kind of situation but how do you start an ethical and profitable business at home, without being ripped off?
That is what Making Money in the Parlour is all about. Sharing ideas about how to make money using the best room of the house without compromising your ethical standards.
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