In addition to wealth generation and Kingdom impact (such as we see with the Cook’s Pest Control case), having your own business – especially a family business – can also reform the family economy and relationships. A family business can reverse the conditioning by our consumer-driven economy to spend our earnings on wood, hay, and stubble rather than invest for a future return. Further, a family business can re-integrate the family, since one of the unfortunate consequences of the industrial age has been the “disintegration” of the family as we typically go in opposite directions to work. Finally, a family working together can provide a platform for a more unified family vision, improved relationships, and our children’s character development.
But, there is no guarantee of wealth or perfect family dynamics. God may instead choose to discipline us, refine us, or sanctify us according to His providence through the thorns and thistles of a small business environment. Challenges might come in small doses such as losing key customers or employees, or in big, painful failures such as a business shut-down. The important thing is that we count it all joy and learn from our mistakes. Thankfully, God has given us numerous examples of dealing with adversity throughout scripture.
So given the opportunities and the risks, whether you are trying to create a business or merely augment your income, this step-by-step process should help you to “count the cost” and increase your chances of success.
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