I know — it’s scary. But here are the facts:
1. There’s never been a better time to start a business. Corporate life is uncertain and with technology and the market’s ever-increasing needs, you have to get out there. I know it’s not the best economy — but many successful businesses were started in a downturn.
2. Start slowly. Do it on the side. Build up clients and then make your break. Small steps lead to big gains. That’s how I did it — I started slowly and coached at night. I proved that I could make money — and then I left my company.
3. Pick your area and then MEET people in that field. How is it? Up? Down? Do they like it? What don’t they like? Be an information vacuum — learn about the industry, business, and all the small machinations.
4. Many businesses today don’t need a lot of capital to start. Years ago, you needed a storefront, loans, etc. Today, all you might need is a website, a business card, and a lot of chutzpah!
5. Learn how to sell. Unless you have a lot of money to market your business — YOU will have to get out there and sell. If you don’t know how to do it or are ambivalent — hire a coach or teach yourself how to sell by reading books.
6. Just do it. A lot of people out there HATE their job and wish they were more in control of their life and career. HERE’S YOUR CHANCE. Every year, corporate positions are drying up, bosses are becoming bi-polar, and you are at the whim of the balance sheet. Make a move before they do.
Many of my clients have made the move successfully from a corporate position to running their own business. And guess what? They LOVE it.
P.S. Are you interested in starting a business? Let’s talk. I’ve worked with people from all over the world who wanted to take aggressive steps in their career — call me to schedule a complimentary session.