Starting A Business In Northern Ireland


For a couple of years now, my wife and I have been toying with the idea of starting a business.

We’re intelligent people, we’ve got business skills, and we’ve got ideas. Too many ideas, to be fair, but that’s something we need to work on.

We’ve also got goals. We want to work for ourselves and our little family. We don’t want to establish a mega-brand, by any means. All we want is a sustainable business that will grow with us and keep our family comfortable and secure in the coming years.

Can it be fun? I’m not sure.

At the moment, I’m working a full time job as well as trying to establish this business. My working hours are 7:00am to 2:30 each afternoon. I get home for about 3:30pm and then family life kicks in until the kids go to bed at 7:30pm.

Then the second job kicks in. So from then until midnight (most nights), Lisa and I work at building our business.

It’s a punishing schedule to work to. Ultimately, the business should sustain both of us working full time, but the question is: How do we get to that point, and how long should we keep trying for?


2 thoughts on “Starting A Business In Northern Ireland

  1. “We don’t want to establish a mega-brand, by any means”. Never have negative goals – thats rule number one.

    “We’ve also got goals. We want to work for ourselves and our little family”. Thats the right spirit, you know about your goals.

    If you are sure and confident about the product / service that you are to offer, and sure about the quality that you offer, then do plunge. Businesses do succeed. May be, five years later you would have surpassed many of the landmarks, that you yourself hadn’t thought of.

    The journey of the long mile begins with the first step. Good Luck.

  2. Anup: You think the first statement could be changed to “We want to establish a moderately profitable business that allows us to work for ourselves and spend more time with our family.”? Is that less negative?

    We love what we do. As I’ll probably discuss in a future post, our one point of failure is that we have trouble pushing over the top towards making money. We seem to be constantly refining and streamlining ideas instead of getting out there and charging for what we do!

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