It’s true. If anyone or anything is going to get in the way of your success, it’s likely to be yourself. I don’t mean that you won’t be good enough or smart enough to succeed, I mean that you will probably end up scaring yourself away from giving your business a really good go.
To be successful when owning a business you need courage, determination and plenty of confidence.
- Courage – to take the first steps and overcome your fears.
- Determination – to see your ideas through.
- Confidence – to promote and sell your brand/services effectively.
Of course you need to be savvy with your money and have a clever business mind too, along with a whole host of other attributes, but none of them are as important as the three mentioned above.
Perhaps the people around you are telling you that you have made a mistake and that you should take a regular job with a sensible, steady wage? While this is fine for some people, it isn’t fine for you so keep telling yourself that. Working for yourself is one of life’s greatest pleasures and the potential to make a huge success out of your business surely outweighs the potential for it to fail. Remember that and have the courage to ignore people when they try and pull you down.
Perhaps you are disillusioned because of financial issues? This is probably the biggest reason why people give up on their businesses. If you own a business then you must acknowledge the fact that a steady wage and financial security might not always be there. However, if your or services are good enough, eventually you will make money, you just need the determination to stick it out.
Perhaps your income is low and you’re not getting enough business or exposure? Well do something about it. Get out there and network. Sell your services to potential clients by meeting them face-to-face and tell them why they should hire you. Get more confidence, it’s contagious and will lead to more work and more clients.
This post was written for freelance copywriters but I believe the points raised apply to all business owners out there. I hope you all take note and use this post as inspiration when you start to doubt yourself.
I’ll leave you with the following comment:
“Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you. Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t bet against yourself. And take risk…in whatever you are doing, failure is an option. But fear is not.”