Do you want to be your own boss and make your schedule? I mean everybody does right? You call the shots, roll out of bed when you want, instead of when you need to. Who doesn’t want to start their own business and go after their dreams of (insert idea here)? You get up every morning by yourself, dress, and feed yourself, so why is it that you can’t work for yourself?
Why is that so many people are afraid of going out on their own and taking that shot? I can tell you right now it’s fear, insecurities, and doubt. The unholy trinity is here to wreak havoc on your mind.
Starting a business isn’t for everyone, but the fact that you’re reading this article means it’s for you. Change has always been scary, moving to a new town or flying in a plane for the first time. These things that have scared us beyond belief, but after the dust has settled, you’ll be glad you did it. So why not start now?
There’s no better time to start a business than the present, with all the technology available to you and the long reaching power of the internet you can reach millions with a click of a mouse. So what are you waiting for? We’ll break down some of the mental obstacles you must hurdle before you start any business endeavor.
So why not start now? There’s no better time to start a business than the present; with all the technology available and the long reaching power of the internet you can reach millions with a click of a mouse. So what are you waiting for? We’ll break down some of the mental obstacles you must hurdle before you start any business endeavor.
1. The fear of failing
We all want to succeed and be proud of the work we’ve accomplished. But If you want something you never had, you must do something you’ve never done. Taking the first step into the abyss will always be terrifying but rest assured it doesn’t last forever. To prepare yourself for your first venture it would be best to survey the landscape.
What market are you entering, who are the leaders, and how did they do it. Read up on it, watch videos, and try to find a mentor that has already been there. You don’t have to be an expert to start, but you should be dedicated to your mission. There will be long nights and tired mornings, but it’ll be worth it. There will never be a perfect time, so you might as well start now.
2. Not having enough capital
Money makes everything easier, but it’s not the end all be all. Although it would be ideal to have a nice wad of cash set aside for your startup, it’s not a deal breaker. You can generate money several different ways.
For example posting your idea on kickstarter.com is a perfect way to get the ball rolling. I have seen a man generate $55,000 to make a potato salad. A potato salad!!! Surely you can create something of value to your audience. You can apply for a small business loan or better yet find some investors that are willing to fund you.
Being creative and smart about your business presentation will help you pull off a quick sales pitch that could have people lining up at your door begging for you to take their money. It just takes a bit of brain power and some elbow grease.
3. The naysayers
There will always be haters out there telling you it’s not smart or that its impossible, but you have to push past the negativity and keep a positive focus on your goals. Trust me, your not the first person to come up with this idea and won’t be the last.
All great things start small, and your first venture will be no different. Being able to block out the distractions and unwanted feedback will help unleash the entrepreneur that’s been bottled up inside.
People have always asked me how I started my website and how I dealt with the all the cynical comments and negativity. It’s quite simple, what people think doesn’t matter. People are quick to shoot down your dreams because they are too scared to follow their own.
Once you realize this, you can stop caring what your friends and family are telling you, go out and go after what you want in life because now is the time of action.
Comment below and tell us your struggles of building your startup. What would you do differently or have you even started? We would love to hear your side of the story.