Often one of the biggest impediments to taking the leap and starting a new business is overcoming fear. We may have a good idea, something that we are more passionate about, but we are afraid to leave the comfort of our current situation. Don’t worry, it is normal to be nervous; especially when we are consider major changes. Here are three things to consider that may be able to help you overcome your worries.
One of the most important things to do when considering starting your own business is to sit down and evaluate what your priorities are. Do you have a family? Are you the primary income source? What are your family and personal needs? How will those needs be met while you are developing your business? It is critical that you evaluate your priorities and determine how best to use your time and effort? Is the comfort of having a job important to you?
2) Make a List
One of the easiest ways to solve the questions of priorities is to make a list. One list that I would recommend when you are considering starting a new business is to list out the pros and cons of staying where you are as compared to the pros and cons of starting up your business idea. Really take some time to develop out the list and ask follow-up questions to yourself. Find out the why behind things you are doing or thinking about doing. Do it somewhere where you can have a clear head and focus on questions and answers. Weigh out and even consider scoring/ranking the ideas that you come up with.
3) Ask an Entrepreneur
Too often, people considering going into business ask for advice and support from friends and family members that have never started their own business. While it is nice to get their insights as they will provide some much-needed support at the beginning, their advice can only go so far. I would prefer to sit down and speak with someone who has made the decisions that I am considering. Find out why they made the choice that they did. Get some insights on how to deal with the tough times. Their perspective will be invaluable.
At the end of the day, one thing is clear. When starting a business… Don’t worry. It will all work itself out.