Founder & Head Coach/CEO, The Funds2Orgs Group.
Are you ready to take the plunge? Chances are you’ve thought about it for a while. But maybe you’re past that moment of realization that you’re the only one holding yourself back from pursuing your true potential. The moment when you know you can finally see a clear path ahead. That moment comes much earlier than some of us would like to admit.
We often convince ourselves we aren’t ready and simply don’t have enough time, money or skills to pursue a business idea. The truth is, most of the time, those are just excuses. We don’t follow our interests because we don’t believe we have what it takes. But guess what? More often than not, you’re ready and could do it. Let’s explore ten reasons to start a business today.
1. You’re already where you need to be.
You may have heard many people try to start a business before they’re ready. For example, many people think they need a big industry name and tons of money before making a go of it. But the truth is you can start a business with just about nothing. You don’t have to be a millionaire with a vast network of investors and partners to make it happen because, more often than not, entrepreneurs do it on their own.
2. You have what it takes.
You may not know it yet, but you may have a knack for entrepreneurship. Maybe you started a few businesses before, and a few didn’t make it. But what if that one venture you poured all your time and energy into was the one in which you truly could succeed? Whatever the case, there’s a reason you keep getting those business ideas. Remember, every failure is a lesson for success.
3. You have something nobody else does.
There are hundreds of thousands of people with your skillsets, so what makes you different from them? Have you ever considered that you may be the only person in the world who can do what you do, and that’s why you need to go for it? You have to pursue your passions because what you do is unique. There may be thousands of people who do what you do, but only one is capable of doing it your way.
4. You can network with like-minded people.
Most entrepreneurs find themselves alone at some point in their journey. But there’s always an opportunity to meet new people wherever you go, and that’s exciting. Consider associations, Meetup groups, business conferences, etc. The reality is that networking with like-minded people provides the fuel to keep going. Moreover, you can use your new network connections as a sounding board.
5. You can finally make a living doing what you love.
All your sacrifices for your current job may have finally paid off. You may have found a way to make a decent salary, but have you also found what you love doing? If you haven’t found the answer yet, going for your business idea may be what you need. If there’s that feeling that something’s off in your career, you may be kidding yourself regarding that “perfect job.”
6. There’s no better time to start.
The world is constantly changing, but one thing that never changes is the need for entrepreneurs. No matter what industry or period, there’s always a need for people to start their businesses. You can do it now, whether you want to launch a new business in the digital sphere or on Main Street.
7. You can be your own boss.
The best part about owning your business is that you get to call the shots. You can choose when and where you work, schedule your hours and decide how much money you want to make. You can even decide to sell or quit. In other words, freedom is entirely yours. However, know this: You’ll never work harder than when you choose to become an entrepreneur.
8. You can quit the job you hate.
Most people don’t realize this, but quitting your job may be one of the best decisions. Quitting your job means you’re no longer subject to someone else’s rules. You can work as hard as you want and make as much money as possible without anyone telling you otherwise. But remember, you have to embrace the fear of failure and uncertainty.
9. It’s the challenge of a lifetime.
The best part about creating a business is that no one else has to do it with you. You get to be in charge of every aspect of your venture, from the product or service you provide to your marketing and sales strategy. It can be incredibly intimidating, but it’s also very empowering. Because of that, you’ll grow as a person and business leader.
10. There’s always a new experience.
New ideas and experiences are some of the great things about entrepreneurship. No matter how much experience you have or how much you think you have, there’s always something you haven’t done. And that’s one of the best aspects of being an entrepreneur. You could be in the same industry as thousands, but you could completely disrupt how something gets done.
What’s holding you back?
All the reasons you tell yourself that you’re not ready to start a new business don’t matter. Again, what’s holding you back from starting a business—if that’s your interest—is the fear of failure and the unknown. So instead of letting those two things stop you, come up with two new reasons why you should start today. You’ve made it this far, so what are you waiting for now? Perhaps it’s time to stop holding yourself back from pursuing your true potential.