Just about everyone would admit that the notion of abandoning your current job and working for yourself is an exciting thought. The thought of waking up when you want to and punching your own clout does sound good. However, before you start planning and implementing there are a few things you should know.
Before you tie yourself down with the responsibilities of a small business be honest with yourself. Are you passionate about your product or idea? If you aren’t, the sacrifices that starting a small business require may not be worth it. Working for yourself generally, means long hours and low pay for the first few years. It also means forgoing vacations and other events that may require money that is no longer available to you. Before you make the leap, think hard.
Do you have the stomach for risk? There is no telling what will happen when you start a small business. You must become comfortable with expecting the unexpected because anything is possible. Stepping out on your own, business-wise offers no for sure guarantees except the guarantee of hard work.
Being your own boss means making decisions. Who else is going to make them? If you’re the type of person that avoids making decisions and looks to others to determine what to do, starting your own business might not be a good fit for you. Even small decisions like whether or not small vinyl stickers would be useful for your business requires a decision. You’ve got to be able to weigh your choices or else stagnation and procrastination become your best buddies: not good friends for a business.
Once again, being in business for yourself means you’re always in the hot seat. Most if not all of the heavy lifting is up to you, at least at first. You have got to be willing to be overly-responsible for every aspect of your business. If you are one to pass the buck, you may want to pass on starting your own business.
Without a doubt, owning your own business can be a very enriching and rewarding experience, if you have the stomach for it. A realistic and honest look at what it takes to run your own business is extremely important. Be honest with yourself, if you lack the willingness to make the sacrifices and lifestyle changes necessary to get your business off the ground, it’s probably not for you. Ther’s nothing wrong with saying no to something that may not be worth it to you.