Thinking About Starting A Business? Here's How To Tell If You're Ready!
Picture this scene: you're in a cube, surrounded by coughing, irritable, underpaid coworkers. As soon as it's break time you find yourself headed to the nearest exit, ready to make a phone call to vent about your discontentment. Or maybe you actually enjoy your chosen career, but there's a desire deep down for something more. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, if you're able to identify with some of these points, you may be ready to embrace that big daunting word: entrepreneurship.
You're not alone!
I want to discuss the thoughts, behaviors, and emotions I'm currently experiencing as I begin the new journey of entrepreneurship. As a newbie, sometimes it’s easy to become lost in translation with the surplus of masterclass offerings, podcasts and blog posts. We all know this list could go on and on, but these are ten ways I can personally say have resonated with me. I hope to further encourage other women that our ideas are more than enough, and there is no better time to take action than right now!
You crave something more, even if you’re not clear on what “more” is just yet
The continuous cycle of going to work and home just isn't cutting it. Yeah, you may have some things rotating in your schedule - but something is tugging at your core. You may be experiencing frustration because you're unclear about what exactly "more" really is. The best thing to do here is to eliminate distractions so your creativity can take you to new places without the background noise that may try to compete for your attention. You don’t have to figure it all out on day one. I can’t promise that the road of discovery is easy, but it definitely gets better.
not sure if entrepreneurship is for you? these tips will help you to decide!
You have the ability to create a product or service that solves a problem
Whether it’s big or small doesn’t really matter. You are in the process of building to become a resource for others, providing a solution to an existing or new found problem. If you are the go-to person in your circle for a specific topic, take note of that! You can explore ways to monetize your talents while doing something you enjoy. It’s a win-win situation for everybody! There’s nothing worse than stifling a dream – or better yet withholding your talents to a world full of consumers. They won’t know your solution if you don’t put it on display. Passion is persistent and eager to simplify a process to lighten the load of someone else.
Emotions of inadequacy arise
Fight your fear with faith. God knows you are more than capable of bringing this solution or idea to the table. It's a natural emotion to experience feelings of reservation and even self-doubt. Your momentum depends on your ability to fight through the unknown territory you’re embarking. Channel that fear and turn it into excitement; you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
Reflect on how you’ve handled being scared or afraid in the past. Was it effective? Or did you run away trying to escape? No matter what your previous actions were, you can fight your way through. If your goals don’t scare you – they’re not big enough! If you didn’t know, the influencers you admire from afar on social media experience the same set of emotions. The only thing that separates them is their dedication to push past negative emotions. You’re more than qualified to become an example for others.
You are ready to make sacrifices to fuel your dream, big or small
For some, this may mean saving more money to invest in your idea. For others, this could be taking the big leap of full-time entrepreneurship. Just know that sacrifices must be made on all fronts. Your free time will turn into studying your desired industry, perfecting your craft and committed to learning as much as possible. Your quick Target run money (easily $50 or more, let’s be honest) now becomes money to funnel into all of your brilliant ideas.
Fight your fear with faith. God knows you are more than capable of bringing this solution or idea to the table.
You’re ready to be vulnerable: feedback, ideas, etc.
As a creator, our ideas become our birthed babies. We get overly protective and don’t want to readily accept that improvements can always be made no matter how great it may already be. Once you’ve let the initial shock wear off and you’re open to constructive feedback, you’re ready to make your product or service even better for potential customers.
You're mentally prepared to work after work
You literally leave work (or are at work) planning and writing ideas for your business. You somehow are able to muster the energy to get closer to your goals, and you cannot separate yourself from whatever it is you’re pursuing. I’ve constantly found myself writing blog posts or brainstorming how I want my brand to be before, during and after work hours. The dreams don’t work unless you do!
You're ready to embrace all aspects of change
In a world that is constantly changing, the only constant is change. Embracing the good, bad, ugly and in between stages during this new phase will only make this scenic journey much more enjoyable. If you have one idea and it turns a different direction, it’s completely okay. Being nimble in a society that constantly evolves will contribute to the success of your business.
Self-investment becomes a priority
When exploring business opportunities, we often overlook the importance of self-care. How can you become your best self for your business? What are good habits that have been adopted in your life and what needs to be left behind? Be aware of what you ingest emotionally, spiritually mentally and physically. While money and time both play a huge role in self-investment the other areas mentioned cannot be overlooked. It won’t be difficult to trade a happy hour session or two for a webinar that will benefit you and your business.
Being nimble in a society that constantly evolves will contribute to the success of your business.
You’re making a serious commitment to being a lifelong learner
Growing up, I would always complain about school and the assignments that were given. I couldn’t comprehend that it wasn’t just about the homework given or the grade received. Teachers wanted to see the action of discipline and understanding behind the work that was submitted. Our future business endeavors are no different from these assignments. While there is no time limit or a hard deadline – we have to remain committed to forever being a student. Owning the fact that we’ll quit never know it all isn’t a bad thing. The ability to accept and enjoy the journey of learning keeps this new chapter in our lives everchanging.
You’re ready to enjoy uncharted territory
Everyone’s journey is unique. Don’t get so fixated on the successes of others without recognizing the strength in your own. Yes, the market you want to emerge in may be saturated, but there’s only one you. Your genetic makeup, gifts, and talents were designed specifically for you to carry out and execute. Prayer, journaling, affirmations, and quotes are needed to help you trust the process of entrepreneurship.
Enjoy this roller coaster. We don’t know and can’t anticipate every dip, turn and twist this life may take us on but being open to it all makes the ride much smoother.
written by kiara arnold
Kiara Arnold is a blogger that focuses on encouraging millennial women to love and live their best lives. visit her website