Don’t Wait Any Longer – Start Your Own Business and Stop Building Someone Else’s Empire
The Autonomy and freedom you’ll gain by working for yourself is something that you won’t get in a job, even working for the best boss. It’s true, self employment isn’t always easy. On the contrary, you should prepare yourself for struggles in the beginning. However, the rewards can be great. Even if you have only an average business, you control your own destiny and will enjoy irrefutable financial perks that you can’t working for someone else.
In case you’re wondering, I started my current business in 2000. It’s no household name, but we are fairly well known in Tampa Bay, Florida. I’m not just bragging, but my little company, Digicor, Inc. gives me the freedom to pursue my writing endeavors. I’m able to spend four or five hours a day writing, a vocation for which I receive no income. I write because I enjoy it and have hopes of retiring into it in a few years. For now, the only way I can do this is because I have a business with an established customer base, that practically runs on auto pilot.
Many posts that promise similar information as this are written by people who have never run a business. Those people have no clue what they’re talking about. Unless you’ve successfully persevered and have made your living from a business, how could you write anything credible? You couldn’t.
I love to see the entrepreneurial spirit in action. Genuinely, it gives me more satisfaction to see an individual succeed as a small business owner than it does for me to see that a fortune 500 company hit record profits. The economy depends hugely on small business’ contributions to our Gross National Product.
So, without further adieu –
7 Compelling Reasons You Need to Start The Business You’ve Always Wanted:
- You are not building anything for yourself by doing someone else’s grunt work. Perhaps you’re a professional engineer, or a lawyer or a trades person. Whatever, you do for someone else, you could be doing for yourself – building your own base of customers and establishing your own reputation for future repeat business.
- Start while you have the energy, knowing that by the time you’re tired, you will have something of value built to sell to someone else. I don’t want to disenfranchise you from the idea of starting you own gig, but you’ve got to know its best to start while you’ve still got some fire in your furnace. If you wait, sadly, you may never take action on your ideas.
So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.
– Christopher McCandless – explorer, author
- Every ounce of effort you put into your job will return many times more, if you invest that same effort into building your own business. I’ve seen countless individuals with tremendous amounts of skill and talent who stay in the same position, year in and year out. If only they would realize they could do the same thing, helping clients get what they want, they too would be business owners and reap the rewards.
- Don’t remain a servant to someone else’s desires. Unless you’re in a strong union, your existence in your job exists only to the extent that you please your boss or bosses. Servants rarely rise to the top. As owner of your own start up business, you are the boss and have the authority and control over what you decide to do and when you do it.
- You gain Freedom. Sure, you may work long hours building your own business. But, in a matter of time your efforts pay off and you are able to take off and run errands, take off early in the afternoon and have play time. The joy you will feel from the freedom is something I can’t overstate. Not to brag, but at 52 years of age, I work about 15 legitimate hours a week, pay my bills, have no debt, save money, and really have an easy going life. My choice was to not chase after every dollar I could, but that may not be yours. My joy comes from a low stress, debt free lifestyle, but yours may be to make lots of money and you may enjoy building an empire. The beauty is, that when you work for yourself, you can choose what’s important to you. My friend, that’s a huge benefit.
This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship – the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
– Peter Drucker – Entrepreneur, author
- You will have more security in your own business. What many people don’t understand is that once you’ve established your business, you can reinvent your business and change as your customer’s needs change. If you work for a large company and the company doesn’t adapt well, you stand to loose your job with little or no warning. The fact is, you have no control over your job or whether you’ll even have one, when you work for somebody else.
- You manage your own people and decide how many people you want to work for you. Instead of being the worker bee all the time, you can eventually delegate the responsibilities and daily tasks to employees or independent contractors. You control the workforce and all of the resources it takes to run your business. The autonomy to do what you think is best is yours alone and your employees work to help you accomplish your goals.
If You Don’t Feel a Little Bit Nervous and Apprehensive, Something’s Wrong
When you start a business, its normal for you to feel uneasy. You’ve put a plan together, gone over the details and have figured out how its all going to work. Yet, you feel nervous and that scares you. Perhaps you don’t know if you should be feeling that way. Let me put your mind at ease. I’ve started at least 6 businesses and have always felt similar to the description above at the start. I wasn’t afraid, but I definitely had some nervous anxiety.
Call it anxious excitement, call it fear of failure if you must be negative. Whatever it is, you can get through it by working your plan and staying focused on successfully achieving small goals. That’s how I did it. For instance, when I started selling copiers on my own, as a business, I made lots of cold calls. My experience gave me the confidence to know if I knocked on enough doors, talked to enough people and told them about my “great pricing and service”, I would succeed.
Nerves Tell You You’re Alive
Even though I knew I could do it, having done it all before, I was still on edge. But, that was OK and I knew it. I just made a goal of selling or leasing a machine each week in the beginning. That was achievable and earned me enough money to pay some bills and put money into my little business. The point that I want you to take away from that is that you should make the business as simple as possible in the beginning if its possible. I know some businesses are very complex, so I ‘m assuming you are going to be the money maker in the beginning. Just make a simple plan within the broader scope of the business and carry it out, one sale at a time until you get in a groove.
Once you’ve made some tangible successes, no matter how small, you should begin to feel less nervous. This is when you really start to see the vision. The more vivid your vision for your business becomes, the more likely you are to achieve it. Once you really believe, you will see things more clearly.
The old adage that says I’ll believe it when I see it, should be you’ll see it once you believe it, because that is how the power of the mind works in business. Tweet This