You’ve done your homework – read books, listened to podcasts of industry leaders giving golden tips and tips, you’ve taken note of cautionary tales you’ve heard from someone successful, and you’ve worked through the basic business checklists. You feel you’re all set to start your own business. But are you really?
If any of the things below apply to you, then you really have to think more than twice about taking the entrepreneurial plunge.
You’re working non-stop, but can’t complete a single task.
Some people struggles to finish a task no matter how much time or resources they have available to them – they can’t focus on something and get it done. They basically jump from one task to the next, leaving a trail of unmet deadlines and unfinished projects. If you are a bit like this, well you have no business being an entrepreneur. As what Seth Godin said on his book Linchpin: “The only purpose of starting is to finish. “
You always insert a “me” time even on your busiest work days.
Break time is one thing, a must-have “me” time is another. Leaving your work because you feel you’re entitled for a few minutes of facebook-ing, tweeting, or whatever it is you do is not very smart. If you’re starting up your own business, you’ll never have a “me” time because even your “free” time will be spent on strategic planning and business development.
You’re always right.
If you’re the type of person that can’t admit and acknowledge a mistake, then you’ll miss a huge opportunity for growth. Acknowledged mistakes are new learning opportunities. Admit when you’re wrong, ask for advice, learn from your mistakes, move forward and do better.
You’re feeling too proud to empty the trash.
You’re an entrepreneur, you just started your own business, you shouldn’t be doing menial tasks, right? WRONG.
Of course, it is important that you learn how to delegate and trust your team, but during the earliest phases of your business, when you don’t have the resources yet, you have to wear every wearable hat there is. No job is too unimportant, no task too menial.
You always have reasons why you’re not doing too well.
You feel you could be more productive if you just had an office of your own, or a new laptop or an office assistant. And sometimes you strongly feel that you’re not really making a profit because the economy is not doing too well or you don’t have enough capital.
You can have a hundred reasons to not move forward, but if you’re really serious about what you do you can also find several hundred more reasons to press on. Be flexible and adaptable and create options for yourself.
Over to you..
Are you a woman planning to start your own business? Or have you just launched your own business? Do any of the 5 things we mentioned above describe you? If yes, what’s your plan of action? Please share thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.