I believe that there are 3 key points to success in business and life, at least, I know that there are 3 key points that I have used personally in my own journey.
So, the very first one is knowing that success is a journey. It will take time and a lot of effort, but it is a journey and you will get there if you stay on the road.
The second one is that fear will hold you back, but faith will keep you going. It’s okay to be scared, but it must not be a limiting factor to your success.
And my 3rd key point is that purposeful action is essential for achieving your dream. We can all have ideas on paper and in our minds, but acting on those ideas is what makes them a reality.
When you put these 3 points into action you can start to ask yourself the questions needed before you start your own business.
There are 10 main questions you need to ask yourself when starting your own business and over the next few weeks we will be looking at each individual question. By the end you will be fully prepared to put the above 3 key points into action and start a successful business.
So our first question is this:
Why do you want to start your own business?
It sounds simple, but why? Why is it important for you to run your own business rather than work for somebody else? The answer will be different for everybody, but we all have a reason.
Have you been employed for a long time, working shift patterns that fit around your family? Have you had a bad experience working for an employer? Maybe you have just decided on a career change?
It doesn’t matter what the reason may be, dig deep into how you feel when you think about your business and what you want from it. Knowing why you are doing this is an important tool for keeping at it- Remember, success is a journey!
Once you have realised your reasons, write them down. Having our dreams and aspirations on paper makes them more likely to materialise and when you inevitably hit a bump in the road down the line (It happens to us all!) it can be grounding to refer back to why you wanted to do this in the first place and pull back focus.
If you have a few reasons as to why you want to start your own business, that is fine, write them all down so that you can come back to them later. Remember that reason leads to Purposeful Action, if you know why you want it, you can implement the steps needed to achieve it.
So that’s the ‘Why’ but what about the how? In next weeks blog we will look at the second question you need to ask- ‘Do I have what it takes to run a business?’ and how this again pulls into our 3 key points to a successful business.