Should I go into business? Or shouldn’t I? Valid questions. Besides the obvious, there are a few things that you should consider when making the plunge. Are you going to do it full or part time? Is it going to be a sideline, or your main gig? Do you want to sell a product and/or a service? Do you need start up capitol, or can you start with pre-orders? Questions, questions, questions… And those are just a few to start with. Whatever your reason, you’ll need to have a vision. Do you have one? Are you passionate, or lukewarm about it?
Over the years, I heard successful business people talk about: mindset, vision, and goals. They were always the most important issues that were brought up. Notice that money is not part of that equation. Why? Because if you don’t have the right mindset, goals or a vision, it doesn’t matter what you do. You’re dead in the water. You have to know what you want. As the late Zig Ziglar stated,”You have be before you do, and do before you can have.” It’s true. You have to have a direction, and a purpose. Those 2 things can help you through the tough times.
The money can run out, so can supporters. But, if you have a direction and a purpose… Well, now we’re getting somewhere. Businesses ebb and flow. They can be good when they’re good, and really bad when they’re bad. You’ll have to have a clear focus, and money alone won’t give you that. So you need to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. What you’re going to do. How you’re going to do it, and when you’re going to do it. All of these questions need answers: before you start. They can really make or break a business. Often the people who don’t answer those questions find out the hard way how important they are.
The business starts in your head first, and the rest follows. I had a colleague once say, “Ask the Universe for what you want, and It will make it possible for you.” Another way to put it is: make a decision and everything will fall into place surrounding it. Either way, the point is, if you want something badly enough it has a way of happening. Without effort in many cases. You have to make the commitment to yourself first, concentrate on what you really want, and then allow yourself to see it. Everything happens for a reason. You can’t have a successful business without seeing in your mind first.
So, you have to become a kid again. Dream, imagine, and creative it first in your mind. “Thoughts are things”, according to author Mike Dooley. So guard them at all costs. Don’t let the people who don’t want to see you succeed have any access to your mind. Negative people hate to see you happy, and will do anything in their power to destroy it. Learn everything you need to know about what you want to do. If if hasn’t been done before, then study people who were the “firsts” in their fields. There’s a ton of information out there, and many places to look for it.
The only person who knows if you truly want to start a business is you. In the end, you may be the only one to believe in yourself and what you’re doing. Never mind worrying about your haters. They’re that way because they can’t do it themselves. If they could, they wouldn’t be the ones finding fault with what you’re doing. Let them be toxic somewhere else. In other words, ignore them. If you feel the desire to be in business for yourself, trust and believe that there is enough business to go around. Are you willing to take the risk?