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.Read More
I walk a lot (to and from the office) and I use it as a time to look around and see things. I have found that the ability to observe and understand the world around us is what truly brings meaning and understanding to what we are involved in. It might be opening your eyes to the needs of a friend or a neighbor. Finding a solution to the challenges that your clients and customers are facing. Ultimately, it is the ability to find the beauty in the world around us.
As a business owner, are you talking time to observe the things that are going on around you? Do you know how your business is doing? Do you understand the needs and concerns of your employees? Do you know what you can do to become even more successful? By taking the time to observe, you will be better able to succeed in accomplishing all that you would like to accomplish in your life.
One thing that is useful for many people is keeping a journal of your observations and using those notes to map out your goals and opportunities. Building a business is just that, a process of building. Map out your progress and enjoy the beauty of all around you!
Quite simply, business is about relationships. Customers buy products and services that they feel connected to. That is why you should put the same effort into building business relationships that you do in building friendships.
Think about how you interact with your friends. You want to spend time with them. You share with them and you support them despite their shortcomings. These connections that bring so much meaning to our life should be the driving force behind how and why we do business.
Too often, we get so caught up in the dollars that go into our business (or out of our business), that we miss out on the beautiful connections that we are making. We would do well to spend a little more time connecting within and throughout our business and a little less time obsessing over ‘the numbers.’
It is the connections that means the most in the end, anyways.Read More