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There is nothing as rewarding as starting your own business. You get to make your own hours, work for your own rewards, and know that you are doing something you’re truly passionate about. Yet it isn’t something that comes easy. Starting a business is not only a lot of work, but it also requires a heap of mental strength too. Taking the plunge to actually do it can be a very daunting prospect that you need to battle past in order to get started. If you are looking to start your own business, we have put together some advice that should help you with taking the plunge to go for it.
Be inspired by other entrepreneurs
There are so many fantastic entrepreneurs out there and luckily the internet means you have easier access to their stories than ever. When you are looking to start your own company, seeing the success of others such as the Co-founder of ThirdLove, David Spector as well as other inspiring figures can help you to boost your confidence. Remember every business that you see was once just a small start-up like yours and if other people can do it, then so can you.
Have backup savings behind you
One of the most stressful parts of making your own company is worrying if you have enough funds to keep going. Because of this, before you fully take the plunge and do your business full-time, ensure you have enough backup savings behind you. This could be twelve months’ worth of earnings so if your company doesn’t make you any money in a year, you know you can survive and pay your bills. Alternatively, ensure you have an additional revenue stream that can help you tick along until your company brings in enough to live off. Remember most businesses actually make a loss in their first year.
Ensure you have a solid business plan
A business plan will help to give you a direction for your company and is vital if you want to be successful. Before going full-time on your own business, have a watertight business plan that lists things such as where you will make your money, how you will bring in customers, and where you want to be in 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months’ time. While this trajectory is only an estimate, it’s important to give you something to aim for.
These are just a few things that you can do which can help you to take the plunge with starting your own business. There is no time like the present to get started, so by following this advice and giving it a go you can soon find you’re finally embarking on the right steps to having your own company. Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself and don’t be afraid if your plans need to change. Have you recently started your own business? If so, what are some top tips you followed that helped you to take the plunge? Let us know in the comments below.