Most of us have an inner entrepreneur that wants to come out. However, we are (understandably) attracted to the notion of a steady paycheck with benefits and regular vacations. It’s hard to deal with the uncertainty of being short of income until your business idea gets off the ground.
You should probably launch today…
Advice is easy to find on becoming an entrepreneur. There’s good advice, and there’s better advice. Your best bet is to speak to experts who can provide relevant advice that is actionable for you. Seek this from your local community, perhaps even from affiliated entities with a local government or with an institution of higher learning.
Mentorship or coaching is often free or offered for a small fee, enabling you to get your business venture started and explain what resources might help along the way. Find other entrepreneurs who have exited, or retired business professionals; they are often eager and willing to give inspirational advice on how to launch your startup!
Dream Big. Seriously.
The American dream is still alive! You can build a business out of nothing. Dream as big as you can when you consider starting a business. This helps attract top talent who can share your vision. But, get realistic as quickly as you turn to drafting the first business plan (or 1 page executive summary, which is even better).
The key to becoming a successful entrepreneur is carefully studying your market and crafting a plan that really addresses a need. You also need a plan to support yourself while the business launches. Credit cards are a great alternative to a salary (many entrepreneurs that you may have heard of have done this, some of which I’ve had as guests on the Handshakin Video Series).
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