Should You Start A Business? + How I Started MineOctober 1, 2020 - filed under: Business series
An eternal question, without a clear, straightforward answer. Whether you’re already a business owner or wanting to become one, I’m pretty sure you’ve asked yourself (and others) this question more than once.
It would be helpful if there were tried and tested methods we could all follow. The thing is, even if there were, we are all unique in our own way, and what makes a business stand out is always that special something you have to offer.
We should also remind ourselves that never before in human history have such a great number of women had so much space and freedom to do whatever they choose to with their lives. If you look at the lives of our mothers and grandmothers, their primary role (in most cases) was to be a housewife. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but maybe you were also expected to be a housewife whether you wanted to or not.
BEING A BUSINESS OWNER AND ENTREPRENEUR IS A BIG PRIVILEGE, AND I SEE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PAVE THE WAY FOR ALL THE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN TO COME, WHEN STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS WON’T BE SO DAUNTING AND UNCERTAIN.
So to answer the question of if you should start your own business, I will ask you one first. Do you really, really, really want to?
The reason I’m asking is that you might feel pressured to do so. This trend of leaving your 9-5’s, travelling the world, blogging, becoming an influencer, making it as an artist (fill in the blank) appears very tempting and definitely could be best thing you do, but is it truly for you?! You might be seen as not cool enough or not brave enough if you are to stick to your full time job and not change your lifestyle so that it looks appealing on Instagram. Like be ordinary. Whaaaat?
But if you’ve had this inkling, idea, vision, passion, or even just a need to bring something into this world (that’s not a child), then my friend, the answer you’ve been waiting for is definitely YES! Go for it!
Will it be hard and challenging? I can vouch for it! Will it push you way beyond your comfort zone? Most definitely it will. Will you doubt yourself and wish you’d never started and instead stayed in the realms of a safe, steady job? Like almost every day in the first few years.
But also, will it all be worth it, will it take you to amazing unknown places, and will you learn so much more than you would have otherwise? YES, YES, & YES!
My own story definitely was and still is trial and error. I think it’s a myth that one day you will have all of it figured out and you’ll have all your business bits under control. We’re living in an ever-evolving world, especially the online one, where you have to adapt and change all the time. So whether you started 10 years ago or you’re starting now, the same rules apply.
Now a bit about my own story.
Six years ago, I decided I wanted to have my own business. And I guess you could say that’s one of the most important steps.
To make a choice. The second choice, which is way scarier, is to take action. At the time, I wasn’t really sure how to “just do it,” so I kept my day job and had my side hustle more for fun.
This dabbling period did give me an insight into how it could possibly look and feel if I was to be a business owner, but until I went all in, I couldn’t really know the whole picture.
Fast-forward to today, and I’m happy to report that I’ve learned to swim, and I’m starting to enjoy it too. 🙂
What makes the most difference in my business life is persistence and just keeping at it. You will hear this from many other entrepreneurs, and it really is true.
If you read the whole article, it might be a good sign that you posses that “keeping at it” skill. And to send you off with a bit of homework, ask yourself what your heart truly desires and be brutally honest with yourself.
This is to ensure you know your WHY, which will be the stepping stone when things get tough, reminding you what made you start in the first place.