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Dreaming of Starting Your Own Business – What’s Stopping You?
By Susan Payton, Founder of The Business of Mums
Do you love the idea of being your own boss, choosing where and when you work and having a business that fits around your family commitments and lifestyle? Maybe you’ve been dreaming about it for years? So why aren’t you doing it? What’s stopping you?
There are any number of factors that can stop people from taking that critical first step – maybe practical reasons like financial issues. In my experience though, it’s more likely to be about mindset and in particular self-belief as, in the main, if we are 100% committed to doing something, we will find ways to get over any obstacles.
Having met a lot of mums who would love to start their own business, I have found that being out of the workplace for some time can often knock their confidence, or they worry that their skills are no longer adequate. Yet being a mum and running a busy household equips us with loads of great skills including time-management, event organising, diary coordination, budgeting and admin, as well as communication and negotiating skills!
So, what’s really stopping you? Is it a fear of getting it wrong or making mistakes or even failing?
I can tell you, you will make mistakes and you will get it wrong sometimes. I certainly have. Some of your ideas may even fail. But that is part of the incredible journey you are about to embark on. The only way you could know how to run your own business would be to have run one and, as you haven’t done that yet, how could you possibly know everything at this stage?
Or maybe you are waiting for the perfect time. In my experience, there isn’t one, so you’ll likely be waiting a long time. Better to just start. I have a quote pinned up in my office that says “Starting a business is like jumping off a cliff and building your wings on the way down”.
Maybe the thought of starting a business feels a bit daunting, even overwhelming. Then break it down into small do-able steps that feel manageable. Mark Twain said: “The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one”. Big plans are exciting but it is the small, day-to-day steps that will move you closer to your vision and goals.
And it’s ok to ask for help. Learn from others. Network and connect with other people who are already doing what you want to do. Get advice. Look for a mentor. Find out what support your local authority and enterprise agencies offer. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce - for a small annual fee you can have access to their business seminars, workshops and networking events. Or chat to other like-minded mums and business owners on our forum at The Business of Mums
But, most important of all, commit to believing that you can do it. Because you can!
For more information on how to overcome any limiting beliefs that are holding you back from living your dream, check out our Self Belief and Wellbeing section at The Business of Mums