By: Krystle Crossman
Have you ever thought about being an entrepreneur? Working for yourself and getting rid of the commonplace 9 to 5 job is a dream that many have but are not sure how to get. Here are some fears that many women have before starting this new venture and how to overcome them:
1. Funding – Starting your own business venture costs money. There is an investment that you must make in yourself and the product or the service that you are offering. Get advice about venture capital from CEOs, family members that have started their own business, or other professionals. They will be able to give you some good insight on how to come up with the funding for your career.
2. Fear – Every step along the way as your success grows comes with challenges. You have to make sure that you block the fear of those challenges by looking at what lies beyond them. You can be as successful as you want to be, you just have to take a breath, figure out how to get around the challenges that are coming your way, and enjoy the success that you have.
3. Connections – Having connections and a network is very important. You will need to be able to get the word out about your new business and networking is one of the best ways to do that. Making sure that you have connections with someone who has been successful in starting their own business as well is a great idea because they will be able to help you along the way if you get stuck.
4. Managing Time – Scheduling can be difficult but this is one of the best parts of being your own boss. You make the schedule. You get to figure out what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. You have all of the control at your fingertips, you just need to learn how to utilize it efficiently. Get a planner or a large whiteboard where you can keep track of tasks and schedules.
5. Expectations – You are going to fail at some things. You will not succeed at everything you try and that is perfectly okay. You need to make sure that you don’t have expectations that you are going to succeed at every avenue of this new venture. Keep in mind that failure on one part of the business does not mean total failure. It is just another hurdle you will have to overcome.
6. Decisions – You must be able to make decisions. If you are indecisive it could cost you time, it could cost your clients time, and it could mean a decrease in revenue. Make sure that your decisions are well-thought out but are made in a timely manner as well.