Are you the business owner type?




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If you are looking for your next job but have that urge to explore starting your own business the reading this blog post is a great place to start because it will allow you to determine whether you are truly committed to running a business, or whether you just like the sound of saying 'I am a business owner' or 'I am the boss'.

Do you have what it takes?

The moment the brain begins to lapse from the pure excitement of starting something new; something that could be rewarding; something that could make you wealthy; something that could change your life…. Hang on, did you just say those ill-fated words 'change your life?' The word 'change' conjures up a feeling of fear and usually the first thought to run through the mind is 'no need to change; I'll just stick to what I am doing now… I am not the business owner type anyway'.

Whether the change is good or bad it still invokes a level of fear.

The important thing to remember is that you can not completely remove fear - it is instinct and we have it for a reason - to make us act when we are in a dangerous situation. What you need to realize is that moving out of your comfort zone from time to time and taking on new challenges is the best way to grow and transform your life from average to one of success.

So let the transformation begin.

But before we do, I do need to warn that whilst most people have the ability to transform, some are not quite ready. I would suggest that you are not ready to start a business if:

You enjoy your current job:

Surprisingly for those who hate their jobs, you may be one of the few people who has a job in which you are doing something you are passionate about. If you are extremely comfortable with your job then it is probably curiosity which has gotten you here more than a devotion to wanting to make the leap into running a business.

You like the feeling of job security:

Even though you may be one of the many who dislikes your job, you may still feel that the job you have provides you with an adequate and stable income and gives you a level of security. In which case you will feel like a train wreck running a business where freedom replaces security.

You don't like having to make decisions:

Not everyone likes the empowerment of making decisions. You may be more passive and accepting of the decisions that others around you make. If the thought of having to make decision turns your stomach, then I believe you are not ready to run a business.

You are not disciplined to set yourself tasks and goals:

Without a boss to catch you if you fall or give you a set of tasks to work on, you will have to be the boss and set the goals and create the tasks that will let you reach those goals. If you find this daunting then you are not ready to run a business.

You believe that starting a business will make you rich very quickly:

If you believe that a business will provide the means to 'get rich quick', then I can only suggest that you understand that there is no such thing and that you either accept this and adopt a belief of 'get rich after an investment of time and hard work' or you continue believing your fantasy, in which case I can not stress enough how inadequately equipped you are to run a business.

You believe that you can start a business without doing any work:

If you look at your boss and see a person who does very little, yet gets big bucks then you are not seeing the whole picture. Running a business is hard work - at least in the beginning. If you believe you can run a business without putting in the effort then you are sorely mistaken and are in no state to run a business.

You do not like following instructions:

What instructions? Isn't that the reason for starting a business? You don't have to answer to anyone? Well, one of the greatest assets you can have when running a business is a mentor. A mentor is one who has been there and done it all before. If your mentor gives you some instructions to help you run a business, then it pays to follow those instructions as carefully and accurately as possible. If not, you are not disciplined enough to run a business.

You believe that you can start a business without spending a cent:

One of the benefits of the current information age we live in is that it has reduced the cost of starting a business, putting it in reach of the average person. This does not mean that it is free and it does not mean that because it is cheap you should not invest time and any additional money into running a business. If you feel that you can start a business without forking out any money then you will get out what you put in. Zero. If you do want to start a business and understand that it does take money, but have debts you need to settle before you can save money, then you really do need to settle those debts first. There are no guarantees that your business will make money, so do not start until you can afford to.

So, if I have described you, then I believe that you are currently not the business owner type and will need to make some changes in your beliefs before you return to read this blog post.

Don't have fear, change is possible and if you make it imminent it may not be too long before you are ready for the five steps (Believe, Conceive, Retrieve, Achieve, Receive) to starting a successful business.

If you read the above and thought 'no, that is not me', then I feel you are already on your journey and progressing through the foundation step for starting a business - Believe. Now you need to move to the next step of starting a business: Conceive.

Andrew Bycroft is a success coach who dedicates himself to helping those who are exploring whether transitioning from a job to starting a business is a viable option. Andrew is particularly fond of helping new business owners overcome the obstacles that stand between them and success. Andrew provides lots of free yet valuable content about each of the steps on the journey to business success on his blog Know How 2 $ucceed.




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