When it comes to opening your own business, you can be sure that you’re going to hear advice from all angles. Business blogs, self-help guru’s, entrepreneurial wizards, case studies, radio insights, podcasting and business journal’s, advice from our parents and friends, as well as every colleague we have ever held all, seems to come out of the woodwork. It can be dizzying and confuse you at a time when you really can’t afford to be confused.
Opening your own business is a time that requires the most laser-focus you can muster in the first place, so worrying about the whole affair too much is important to avoid. One of the reasons that people seem so happy giving you unsolicited advice is that they want to see how it will work when you try it. However, it’s important to remember that this is YOUR business, and YOU and YOU alone have total autonomy over the decisions you make, sink or swim.
It’s likely you are taking the great financial and emotional risk of running your own business to evade the bowls of corporate life anyway, something which may have dulled and demotivated you for years now. It’s important to truly understand why you do what you do, and the following attitudes should help you get in touch with that. Repeat them to yourself, scream them from the rooftops, or write them in huge market in your journal, whatever helps you remember.
Who Are They Anyway?
People who give you advice are often armchair experts. Do they really have any standing or insight you can actually use, or are they someone telling you what they would do in your shoes? A great life skill to learn is that people often have no idea what they are talking about. This sounds pessimistic, but it’s true. Only you, in the driving seat of your business, have access to all of the facts and knowledge about how YOU would like to define your company culture, foster YOUR relationships with clients and so on.
When being given advice, or being limited in some way, consider ‘who are they anyway?’ What do they have to offer you? If it’s simply an old colleague chiming in with some ‘wisdom,’ then be sure to ignore it. However, it it’s an investor, someone you respect in your field, or a friend you love and cherish, you should always be open and receptive to at least considering advice, even if you throw it aside moments later. Knowing when to listen is a big skill when your time is limited. You should also know to trust yourself. That is the most important attitude of all.
Where Is Right For You?
Where do you actually want to set up your office? What are the requirements of your firm? Can you do with opening a small shop in a relatively small populated town, or do you want a high flying executive business office in the city? Are you even more of a maverick, hoping to build a wonderful custom made steel building with Armstrong Steel Inc, allowing you total autonomy over the entire space? Whatever works for you is the correct answer, as long as you can afford it of course.
What Is Right For You?
The free market affords most anything for commercialization. It’s one of the wonderful things about living in the economy we do. If you have a penchant for wonderful old books, want to sell antiques, or feel like reupholstering furniture, all of these items can be turned into a business and sold. Perhaps you would like to couple your products with a service only you can provide. Make sure you play to your strengths, but also be sure to play to your passions.
With these tips, you can be sure that your business feels like yours for sure, as opposed to someone else’s. It’s important to get your formula right at this moment for maximum personal satisfaction.