The First Step - Know Your Family
Your family is your most important asset; take inventory. I want you to buy an old-fashioned address book and fill it with the first name, last name, address, phone number, birthday, and a note on their relation to you, for every living member of your family, no matter how distant. Next you are going to go through that book and contact EVERYONE. Go help your grandmother move her old furniture into the attic. Help your grandfather scrap that old car in his front lawn. Ask your uncle how the private contractor business is these days. Go grab a drink with that cousin you haven't seen since you were both teenagers. In short, know your people. Know where they live, know what they do, know what skills and assets they bring to the table and most importantly of all, make sure they know you. Why is this important?