What’s stopping you from starting your own business and leading your dream lifestyle? Are you short on time? You don’t have the money? Or the skills?
At EKM we speak to all kinds of people at different stages in their life, however one thing they all share is a common desire; a desire to set up their own business and take control of their life.
But why is it that some succeed, while others struggle to get past the 14 days free trial?
The answer is; to be successful you have to want it enough. You have to make sacrifices that enable you to change your life, and finally lead the lifestyle you so desperately long for.
Stop moaning that you wish you could get that lucky break, and they you can’t start a business because you ‘don’t have enough time’, yet you go out socialising with your friends on multiple days of the week. If you’re not willing to make sacrifices in different areas of your life, then we’re sorry to say it, but you just don’t want it enough – and you should probably accept the reality that this isn’t for you.
However, if you believe starting a business truly is your calling in life, then we suggest you quit making these familiar excuses and start taking action.
STOP SPENDING MONEY AND START INVESTING
You’ll never have the money you want to start your business. Not really. Not unless you’re lucky enough to win the lottery or inherit a large sum. Even then, you’d probably wish you had more.
This is why you have to start small and work with what you’ve got. People start businesses with next to no money all of the time, which go on to become a success. While they don’t have a huge lump sum to begin with, one thing thing they do is invest every little bit of spare income into their business that they can.
The trouble we often see is that people complain they can’t start their dream business because they have no money. Yet they’re the same people that spend £3 on a coffee every morning, or blow their money at the pub every weekend. The reality is, these people do have the money to start a business; they just prioritise spending it on other things.
You may be able to relate to these people. However, there are far more valuable things to spend your money on if you’re truly passionate about starting a business. Invest your money into buying your products, setting up your website, and marketing your business. You will soon reap the rewards.
If you don’t have any spare money at all, then do something in your own time to make a little extra income. Get a part-time job one day a week, sell at a car boot sale, mow your neighbours grass. It’s going to be hard work, but it’s only temporary until you have enough money to get started, and it will be worth it when the sales start coming in.[quote]
As a teen, Lord Alan Sugar started off small. He had a milk and paper round, a job at the baker’s, the greengrocer’s and he sold his own home-brewed ginger beer to his neighbours. At the age of 16 he started a small business selling car aerials and electronics, which gave him the funds to purchase a van and start his highly successful business Amstrad.[/quote]
STOP WASTING TIME
There are 24 hours in a day. Okay, that’s common knowledge. But did you know the average person spends 1.5 hours a day binge-watching Netflix?
If you spend 1.5 hours each day binge-watching your favourite TV shows on Netflix, that equates to 10.5 hours in a week – which is more than the average working day. You can get a lot done in a working day, so imagine all of the important things you could be doing in that time. People complain they don’t have the time to start their business, yet, most people are unwilling to give up this ‘valuable’ down-time in front of the TV?
If you’re one of these people, you’re just making excuses for your lack of motivation and drive. We all have the exact same amount of time in our day, some people just choose to use it more effectively.
DID YOU KNOW?
The average British adult spends 81 minutes a day scrolling through social media, which adds up to nearly 21 days a year!
[/quote] That’s not to say you should stop having fun, because you would slowly start to go insane. It’s just a case of finding that balance and treating your down-time as a reward, rather than it becoming routine. You’ll probably find this makes putting your feet up and watching an episode of your favourite TV show even more enjoyable – because you deserved it!
IF YOU DON’T KNOW IT, LEARN IT
Only you have the power to shape your own learning. If you don’t have the skills or knowledge to do something, then it’s down to you to use your initiative and find out how.
Believe it or not, Bill Gates wasn’t born with the magical ability to program. He put the time and effort into learning how to do it during his lunchtimes at school. Since beginning his career, he reads a one new book every week in order to expand his knowledge.
We’re so fortunate to live in an age where we have information readily available to use at the click of a button. Online courses, YouTube tutorials and e-books are just some of educational tools you have available to you over the internet.
It’s also easier than ever to reach out to industry experts or other business owners, thanks to networking platforms such as LinkedIn. The contacts are there, it’s just a case of looking for them.
If you really can’t get your head around something then don’t panic, there are plenty of people out there who can help you. Consider outsourcing your work to someone else using a site such as People Per Hour. They offer services from design, to copywriting and business support.[/quote]
If all this sounds like too much effort, and you’d rather just chill out on the sofa then you need to stop moaning that you don’t have the skills.
IT’S NOT THE RIGHT TIME YET
Will the time ever be right? If you keep putting it off, the ‘right time’ may never come.
Whether it’s fear or procrastination, if you don’t just get stuck in and do it, you’ll forever make excuses. It’s easy to tell yourself ‘I’ll start tomorrow’, and then get caught up distracting yourself with less pressing tasks.
It might seem like one huge impossible tasks right now. However, if you take baby steps and complete each task at a time, you’ll soon see how manageable it actually is, and you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. Be strict with yourself, gain some self-control and start at the very beginning.
Starting a business will always involve risks and uncertainty, however it’s not something that you should fear. The only thing that you should fear is regret, regret of not trying.
So, which type of person are you going to be?
The one who talks about starting a business, but forever makes excuses.
Or, the one who truly wants it and actually does something about it?
Starting a business is possibly one of the most rewarding things you can do, and it has the potential to completely change your life. It’s not going to be easy, and you’ll encounter obstacles along the way, but the satisfaction that you can get from it will be worth your while.