Part two of ‘How to Not Be Afraid to Go Into Business‘ discusses the next four considerations: Faith, Relationships, Benefits, Learning from Mistakes.
- Faith Will Get You Through– I had to focus on the benefits of being in business not the challenges of being in business. I had to believe in and focus on the my goal. The challenges will come anyway in time, so deal with them then. To focus on the problems in advance is called “worry” and is a waste of your precious and limited time. Armed with only a vision, a dream, and the support of my husband, I went into business. I had been working for years doing computer training and getting contracts for other firms. I had to have faith that it was possible to do the same for myself. But the first and most important person I had to convince was myself. I had to believe in myself and my abilities. I had to make a decision and put all my faith and energy behind it through action.
- Hang Around People Who Are Business Minded– If you ask someone who is not in business for encouragement, you may not get the support you need. Ask someone who is already in business for encouragement, advice, and guidance. Would you ask someone who has never traveled if you should travel? Would you ask someone who has never had children if you should have them or how to raise them? Would you ask someone who dropped out of school if you should get a higher education and how to go about it? I think I’ve made my point. Associate with people who have been where you want to go or who are currently going in the same direction you are.
- Must Have Something of Benefit to Offer Others- It’s easier to go into business if you are convinced you have something of benefit to offer others. Learn about the unique benefits you have to offer and then “share” those benefits with your potential customers. Don’t focus so much on the money or selling, but instead on the service. Most people fear “selling” their wares, but it is not selling if people need it. You are servicing people when you offer them what they need at a fair price and with superior quality. In fact, the Baha’i Faith describes this as “worship”, any service performed in the spirit of service and done to excellence.
- Learn from Your Mistakes– Just stay in the mood of learning. Of course you will make mistakes, but that’s part of growing. The tree most pruned bears the best fruit, right? Just don’t give up. In fact, it isn’t a mistake if you learn something. Every challenge you overcome builds more confidence.