Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. — Thomas Jefferson
WHY START A BUSINESS? WHAT’S THE POINT? SURE, YOU’VE BEEN DREAMING OF STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW BUT IT SEEMS LIKE SO MUCH WORK. YOU’VE TRIED…A LITTLE. YOU’VE ASKED A FEW PEOPLE WHAT THEY THINK AND YOU’VE DONE A BIT OF RESEARCH ONLINE. BUT YOU’VE HAVEN’T ACTUALLY TAKEN ANY STEPS YET. SOUND FAMILIAR?
Most people get stuck in analysis paralysis. We’re always waiting until we learn a little bit more before taking any steps. That or we aren’t sure we want to put the work into starting something. Or, worst of all, we’re afraid to get started because we don’t think we have what it takes to be successful.
If you find yourself relating to any of these, you are not alone. Thousands of people dream of being an entrepreneur, but only a few ever reach that goal. You are not an entrepreneur once you make a million dollars. You only have to start. No matter how small the business might be, how much you are making (or not making), or what form it takes. If you have something started, you are an entrepreneur.
I know how hard it is to make the commitment to start, I’ve been there more times than I can count. But I’m here to say you CAN do it…if you want it. If your reason for starting is strong enough, you already have what it takes to build your dream.
WHY START A BUSINESS? HERE ARE 5 REASONS:
To earn extra money, you need or replace the income of that job you hate. I’m willing to bet one of the reasons you want a business is to make extra money or replace income from a job you hate. If you start now, by this time next year, you will be so much closer to your goal, if not far exceeding that goal. Every day you wait, is another day in the job you hate or struggling to make ends meet or time away from your family. Start today and be one day closer to your dream.
To prove to yourself, you have what it takes. Remember the old saying, “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”? Anyone can build a business if they take one step at a time. You can do it too; you need to prove to yourself you have what it takes. You can do this by taking one step today, then another tomorrow, then another after that. The steps don’t have to be big, just something small. You can apply for your business license, open a business checking account, or some other step. The step could be as simple as announcing to friends that you are starting a business. Make the commitment out loud. Take one step…one tiny step…and show yourself you can do it.
To prove to others, you have what it takes. We all have the cynics and critics in our lives that don’t think we can do it or that it’s a dumb idea. If you believe in it (and have done a small amount of research to make sure it’s a viable option), then it’s never a dumb idea. Not only can you prove to yourself you can do it, but you can also prove it to them by taking the steps necessary to build your dream. If you give up and never get started, then you are proving them right.
To be a role model. Why start a business? If you have anyone that looks up to you (kids, spouse), you can show them that reaching their dreams is possible. By taking action, you are showing them that they can do it too.
To create the life you want to live. Why start a business? There’s a vision you have, one that comes to mind when you dream of having your own business. It could be having a flexible schedule so you can be with your family. Or having the ability to travel the world. Or making a difference in the world or your community. Whatever your vision is, it’s part of why you want to start a business. There’s a reason you dream of those things, don’t be afraid to reach out and grab hold of them. It’s not as hard as it seems, it takes one small step followed by another.
Why start a business? Ultimately, you hold all the power to reach your dreams. No one is going to come along and hand it to you. So why are waiting?
Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them. Make this year a thrilling chase.
So where do you need help taking a step? Do you need a business idea? Or do you already have an idea and need help getting started? If you are not sure, start with the business idea then move to how to start. Commit to taking one step today. You can do it.