Plenty of people dream of starting their own business, becoming their own boss and creating a life for themselves. It’s a tantalising thought though it’s not something that is easy to achieve. That being said with enough courage, wisdom and drive it can be done. But Where to start?
Like I say, so many of us have this dream, yet so many of us never even try to achieve this. The first thing you need to do is look at why you think you won’t be able to achieve those dreams, address every excuse you give to yourself and asses it’s validity, more often than not you will find that it’s trivial at best. It’s OK to be afraid, in fact it shows you’re sane, starting a business is no easy task and when you haven’t done it before it’s incredibly daunting. But you will learn as you go, finding solutions to your problems and hopefully creating something successful.
If you’ve got your idea and are seriously thinking about going into business, tell people about it. Everyone will have an opinion on it and they’re all worth listening to. Sometimes you’ll have to coax that opinion out of the polite people whilst others will be more than happy to share it with you, remember to take each comment onboard too, sometimes comments may hurt more than you’d imagine but all of them will help you in the long run. Write things down and collect them together. If possible, get information from other start-ups in the area and professionals in the industry you’re going into, their input will be invaluable. Sometimes it can be easy to think you don’t need help but I promise it will all help so much, even if not immediately.
The costs are perhaps the most daunting part of any start-up, try and gather together how much everything will be and make sure you think of ever detail you possibly can. Once you’ve done that double or even quadruple it, there will always be more costs that you did not think of or costs you weren’t even aware of and these hidden costs soon add up. Then work out your personal expenses, things like rent/mortgage, food and house supplies, even money you spend on entertainment. Prioritise these in case you aren’t able to pay the full amount, some things are not essential in that case i.e. entertainment. It’s important to know that there may be times you won’t get paid at all, having no money whilst working you butt off is no easy way to live so be prepared.
Starting your own business requires a huge amount of passion, especially during those low to no money days, it’s easy to let that passion cloud your judgement at times. Make sure to remain level headed about decisions and do your research, sometimes your own excitement will push away your sense, you might think you have an amazing idea and that because you love it everyone else will. Sadly, that is not always the case. Though if you apply research and tips from others to that idea you can find out the perfect way to deliver it with that same passion.