Get Started! (#1 In A Series)
A lot of people dream of the freedom and independence of owning their own businesses. This includes me. However, we are faced with the facts of being employed and having expenses that match or even exceed what employment brings in. If we say, "I'll just do this on the side," then our employers will ask us to work overtime, or will announce a new policy against "moonlighting". At some point, we each have to choose whether entrepreneurship is really what we should be doing.
You have to recognize that if you are the owner, you are accepting all the legal and financial risks that come with the business. I think that most of us are risk-averse enough that we really should stick with being an employee, because even though it is perhaps just as risky to depend on someone else's business acumen.
If this describes you, then take a look at Jesse Vargas' article. I found his story inspiring. I look forward to your comments on this one.
THE BIG QUESTION IS: Will you be committed from start, through the ups and down and then some? There’s a lot of commitment involved when starting and running any type of business!
These questions need to be answered. I asked myself these questions regularly for quite a few years. I used to get very frustrated because I knew the answers but didn’t do anything about it. This void of knowledge that I wanted so much for years was about to be made available to me.
I know someone who is waiting for money to buy [a new piece of equipment] before starting his own business. Of course, that equipment gets to wait behind all of the "stuff" that gets used or worn or eaten in daily life. In his case, he may never get started, because just about the time he finally gets his equipment, he will decide he needs another, more expensive, piece of equipment. If only he had that equipment, then he would be able to start. In my opinion, you start with what you have, where you are, and you learn to make do with what you have.
I knew a guy who was unemployed, had no money, and no prospects. Another friend bought him a couple of rolls of paper towels and a spray bottle of window cleaner, then took him around to local businesses to offer to wash their windows. Within a few months, the first guy had clients all over the Los Angeles basin. So you start where you are, with what you have, and you make what you have do the job.