Why can't YOU start your own business?
by Tash Hughes of
Even if you
love a job or being a full time parent, you’ve probably
heard and thought about the saying “you can’t get rich
working for someone else.”
even thought about your own business and have ideas
about what sort of business you could run. Have you
thought as far as a name, tag line, and so on?
what’s stopping you registering that business name and
sitting at home or at work day dreaming about business
will be thinking along the lines of “its ok for those
rich people, they already have a great business. What
could I do? How could I get a business going like them?”
A majority of
the big names you hear in business were once where you
are now – many didn’t have a wealthy background,
business savvy parents, an exclusive education or
numerous contacts to work from.
what’s the difference between you and those business
success stories? Why be so
sure you can’t succeed like they did?
In reality, the
only thing stopping you starting your business and
taking it as far as you want to is YOU.
with the important business ingredient
Yes, to start a
successful business career, you have to believe in
As Henry Ford
said, “If you think you can, you can; if think you
can’t, you can’t.”
practicalities of the business type for now, the only
thing stopping you being a business person of highest
calibre is your lack of confidence in yourself, in your
idea or in your right to succeed.
Ray Kroc didn’t
have a product of his own; he bought the rights of a
business and promoted it and became a very successful
business man because he believed it was possible. Never
heard of him? Well, he kept the business name of the
brothers he bought from; their name was McDonald …
took his idea to 303 banks before he got the funds to
start Mickey Mouse and friends on their path to fame.
Corti, founder of Enjo Australia, took over two years to
sell her first stock of cleaning products; bit of a
change for an aerobics instructor!
From the humble
beginnings of chronic fatigue syndrome and a run down,
termite ridden student flat in Sydney, Sonia Amoroso has
built a business empire worth more than $30 million.
There are no
rules about who can start a business, and certainly no
rules specific to you not running a business.
inside yourself and identify if you are putting the
breaks on your own successful business
before you even take the first step. Ask yourself why
you can’t run a business …
Are there valid
reasons, or are you putting excuses in your own way? If
its money, go and find some or work a part time job to
raise the funds; if its qualifications, go and study and
or find a related alternative that doesn’t need study;
if it’s family commitments, consider how working for
yourself will reduce commuting time and child care
requirements. Question each “reason” for not starting
your own business and find a way around them.
Don Kennedy, give yourself permission to start your
business rather than wait for it to come from somewhere
else. Essentially, if you wait for others to tell
you to start a business and for the perfect time for
your business, you will never own a business.
To help you
on your way to accepting you can be a business person
and establishing a business, here are some questions
for you to think about.
You may find it
helpful to record your answers in a notebook; you will
be able to refer back to these notes later, as well as
adding to them and refining your ideas as you learn
What do you
want to achieve in your life?
Do you enjoy
working away from home?
control over your income and lifestyle do you want?
What would the
perfect working week be for you? How many hours for what
What do you
have to offer other people?
Are your dreams
important enough to work for?
What sort of
lifestyle do you want for yourself? And for your family?
Have you found
a business idea you can be passionate about?
How long do you
want to dream about running a business and doing nothing
Do you prefer
the risk of failure or the risk of regret?
failures in life arise from pulling in one’s horse as he
is leaping“ said Augustus
Hare. Why not let your horse have his head?
Tash Hughes is
the owner of
Word Constructions and is available to solve all
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