However, if you fail to prepare then you should prepare to fail. And although you can’t prepare for everything that will come your way, there are some things that pretty much everyone who has gone into business has experienced, and you should be ready for. All that stuff aside, you also need to make sure you have a credible business idea and plan in the first place.
So what are these mystical things you should be ready for that will determine if you really are ready to start a business?
Thomas Edison made around 1000 attempts to invent the lightbulb that all failed.
The trick is to fail fast and forward if you’re going to fail that is. So long as you learn something from your failure and use it as a stepping stone on to the next step then it’s not really a failure. It’s just another step on the road to success.
Get used to hearing no and don’t take it personally. It’s just business.
BEING FLAT BROKE
As much as I’d like to tell you there are simple solutions to this, many times there aren’t. You’ve just got to keep on having belief in yourself and what you do and hang on in there. And have a watch of my video about how to be a huge success.
On the bright side, there are some things you can do to make your transition from employed to self-employed as financially pain-free as possible. But at some point, I’d be pretty sure you will encounter some pain. Have a read of my post about how to go freelance without going broke for a few tips.
OH SO LONELY
NOT EVERYONE WILL SHARE YOUR PASSION
This one will take superhuman levels of strength but rise above it. Acknowledge that they don’t want to admit to being a sore ass sorry loser that hasn’t done anything with their lives except pay their gas bills on time, and accept that you (thankfully) are not them and therefore you have no concerns over their sorry, boring lives. You are in control of your life.
BE A MAN/WOMAN WITH A PLAN
You are going to need the strength and courage of a lion. A really big lion. One that isn’t afraid of anything else in the jungle. You are going to take risks that don’t always pay off. And you are going to have to make tough decisions. You are going to have to look failure square in the eye and not be phased by it. Starting a business is an emotional rollercoaster, but you can’t give in. Well unless you really, really have to. But you won’t come to that. You, my friend, are going to build and grow the best business ever. And now you’re even more prepared to face every challenge that meets you along the way. Just don’t give up. Ever!
Chase your dreams and don’t be deterred.