Growing up, one thing that I’ve always heard about the Bible is that it has the answers to all life’s questions and problems. You want to know how to deal with conflict with your neighbours? Check the bible. You want to know how to be a good wife? Proverbs 31 has got you. And of course, you want to know to know how to become successful? The Bible has tips for that too.
As Christians sometimes though, we fail to use ur resources, going to the Bible only when we are going through hard times or looking for encouragement. But God is concerned about every part of your life, include your desire to become a business owner or to grow your small business.
Here are 10 scriptures, which are not surprisingly all Proverbs, that the Bible shares that all Entrepreneurs or aspiring business owners need to read and memorize. Right from the mouth of the wisest man to ever live, Solomon, God has given us all the keys to success.
Take a lesson from the ants you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they harbour hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. – Proverb 6:6-11
Don’t sleep your life away! If you know anything about ants, you know that they are really hard workers, even able to lift things much heavier than their own body weight. No one has to tell them when to work or how hard, they just do because they know it will be beneficial to them. The Bible wants us to work just like this, hard and with initiative. But sometimes it’s tempting to be lazy. It is tempting to snooze your alarm and say “just one more hour”. It’s tempting to go to bed early even when you haven’t finished the tasks you’ve set to accomplish in that specific day. It’s tempting to go out with friends, even knowing that you may have orders to fulfil, photos to edit for a client or even a word count to meet for your new book.
In essence, it’s tempting to be lazy, to let your work slide in favour of pleasing your wants. But the bible clearly says, a little extra sleep or even folding your hands to rest, taking your eye off the prize, can put you in a place of vulnerability. Because one hour turns into two and two into three until the whole day has passed and you just haven’t gotten any work done. Until you’re out every weekend with your friends spending money when you could be using that time to make money. Don’t leave your dreams vulnerable. Stay “woke” and keep your eyes trained on your goals.
If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honoured. – Proverbs 13:18
Pride comes before the fall. Don’t be too proud to listen to constructive criticism, even negative criticism sometimes. If you bake cakes and one of your customers tells you that a particular cake was too dense or dry, don’t be so quick to defend your skills that you outrightly ignore their claims. Try a new recipe, or cream your butter and sugar a little longer in the next batch to make the cake more fluffy.
Use criticism as a stepping stone to get better. Thinking you’ve got it all figured out and that nobody can tell you anything about your product is a sure way to lose customers and inevitably fail. Be careful that you don’t allow your pride and personal feelings to cloud your business sense.
Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! – Proverbs 14:23
Put your money where your mouth is!! Too many people who “want” to be successful business owners, only talk about it. They tell everyone about their ideas and and goals but never make any moves toward accomplishing them.
Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. – Proverbs 15:22
It can be tempting sometimes to try to keep your ideas to yourself, either for fear of people’s reaction, fear that someone may steal your idea, or simply being shy about your plans. But, this isn’t always a good idea. I do believe wholeheartedly that you should protect your dreams with all you have because not everyone who you tell might want to see you succeed, and that’s just the cold hard truth!
However! You don’t know everything and trying to figure things out all on your own might prove more detrimental than anything else. Seek counsel from persons you trust. Seek advice from others who have successfully started a new business from the ground up and are thriving. Seek financial advice if money management is not your strong suit. Get a business minded person to help you with your business plan if you don’t have much knowledge in that field. Of course, you should be cautious with who you ask but that doesn’t mean you don’t ask anyone at all.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3
The Bible says “Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path.” When you give things to God, he has a way of multiplying them. When you have a desire and longing to do something new and you go before God and say to him, “Lord this is what my heart is longing for, show me the way I should go.” God is not going to leave you hanging. He will either completely steer you away from that idea because he knows that it will be to your detriment; or he will open door after door for you and put you in just the right places at just the right times to aid in your success for his Glory.
When you tell him, God this business is yours, use it for your glory and make it your mission to touch to lives of others in whatever way possibly through your business, God will continue to bless it. Commit your business plans and goals and dreams and aspiration to God, give them over to him, and watch him transform your life with them.
Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. – Proverbs 20:4
Stop wasting time!! You have a dream, you have a vision, a desire to accomplish something that’s been placed on your heart and won’t leave you alone. Everywhere you go, you see this thing, all of your thoughts bring you back to this dream, you end up in conversations surrounding this specific topic. yet still you’re thinking that you don’t have what it takes, or this thing sounds like a lot of work, or you don’t have the knowledge or experience in this field. So what? Get up, do some research, ask questions, even pray!
Stop allowing your dreams to pass you by because you are not taking the initiative to work out how you are going to achieve them. There are too many ideas in the graveyard, please don’t let yours become one of them.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5
My mom always used to say (as she was told by the older generation when she was younger), “shortcuts lead to death”. Now that might seem a little extra, but the point of the matter s that cutting corners and trying to find shortcuts for everything often leads to failure or damaging your reputation. Stop trying to “find a way around” everything. Instead, plan! Plan for eventualities, for possibilities and even mistakes.
Starting a business with a plan(business plan) is a recipe for disaster. Your business plan is supposed to outline where the business is intended to go and how you intend to get it there. You can’t just wing it along the way because when things don’t work out, you’ll have nothing in place to mediate the damage. Can you imagine a carpenter going to build a house without a house plan and telling his men “guys, today we’re going to just wing it”. Nothing good can possibly come of that. As the old saying goes:
Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work. – Proverbs 21:25
Just wanting something doesn’t mean you will get it. I know that it’s common no for people to think that “sending energy into the universe” will “manifest” their desires, but life doesn’t work like that. I do believe that we can speak things into being as christians using our faith, but the Bible clearly states that “faith without works is dead” in James 2:26. We have to put our faith to work, by exercising it. That means going out and seeking investment, having faith that God will grant you favour. It means, walking into the building on opening day, having faith that God will send you customers. It means inventing that product, having faith that it will become widely accepted and thus in great demand by many.
You have the walk the walk as much as you talk the talk.
The wise have wealth and luxury but fools spend whatever they get. – Proverbs 21:20
People always think that in order to become wealthy, you have either have a seriously high paying job or be born into wealth. But clearly that isn’t true. The bible say that the wise have wealth. This is because they learn money management. The know the art of saving and how to spend money on needs, leaving wants for periods of excess. However, fools spend whatever they get. These are the people who continuously live above their means, and spend money for the sake of showing off or even just because of a lack of self control when it comes to pleasing their wants.
Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. – Proverbs 10:4
In order to acquire wealth, you have to be willing to work hard. Too many people are seeking “get rich quick schemes”. But the bible says, these people, the ones who don’t want to work to get rich, the lazy, will become poor. In my country right now, because of the effects of Covid-19, many people are entering pyramid schemes “invest 100, get 800 in returns”. And although it is understandable that many people have been laid off from their jobs, this way of making money is not sustainable, and is also very risky which os why in most other countries, this is illegal.
You have to work hard for what you want. Even rich famous rich people that we all know, like Steve Harvey, speak about the need to put in the hours and work hard to accomplish your goals. As an entrepreneur, all of the work in the initial stages of opening a new business will be on your shoulders and you have to be willing to put in that work. Laziness will get you nowhere.