I firmly believe that anyone can start a business if they put their mind to it, however, I also believe it takes a different kind of character to endure the hardships that come with doing business which is why it’s not for everyone.
A lot of us dream of owning big companies one day or being successful entrepreneurs but are sitting on those dreams and not doing anything now to work towards those goals. I’m sorry to tell you that those dreams will not manifest into reality unless you work towards them.
Dreaming without putting work into your dreams is just hallucination.
There are certain facts you should be prepared to digest before starting a business so that you don’t set yourself up to fail. From my experiences, these are fundamental for you to endure the ups and downs of the business world.
Here are some things you need to know before starting a business:
- You need to have a strong belief in yourself and your abilities to make your dreams come true
If you believe you can’t then you most probably won’t. But if you believe you can then you have achieved the first step to accomplishing your dreams and goals.
In life, there will always be people who will try to convince you to not pursue your goals. It’s important to believe you can do what you put your mind to do so that when other people try to tell you that you can’t, you can be able to stand true to your conviction.
- Passion will sustain you for longer and take you further than hard work
Having a passion is strongly believing in your dreams. It’s loving what you do and not being in it for the sole purpose of getting money. Passion is what will sustain you when the business is not making profits and going through dry seasons.
It involves having the end result in mind and being focused on it; working towards it with an unshakeable zeal.
- Research about your business idea, analyze its feasibility and the already existing market
Believing in yourself and having a passion for what you do will sustain you through the difficult seasons of business but before implementing a business idea it is important to do research about the specific field you wish to branch into and analyze the feasibility of your idea in your economy as well as whether there is a market for it or not.
It’s important to know if there is already an existing market for the same business, who your potential customers and competitors are and how they affect your entry into the market.
- A legacy is not built overnight – if this was so everyone in business would be extremely successful entrepreneurs
I like the saying “Rome was not built in a day” because as great as the Roman Empire was, it could not have been built in a day (my understanding you may have your own). This is the same for business empires, every successful business brand became what it is because of someone’s hard work.
Therefore it is important to have patience when in business in order to get to where you wish to be. It’s a process that doesn’t happen overnight.
- You need to be prepared for sacrifice
When climbing up the ladder of success you need to be prepared to lose friends and things that you love.
Not everyone can go with you where you are going and not everyone will be happy for you when you start to succeed. This is an unfortunate fact but the sooner you come to terms with it the better off you’ll be.
Be prepared to sacrifice your time, money and energy for the success of your business.
If your character can handle these five things then you are most likely eligible to run a business. However, this is just a short list of many things that you come across or need to know when entering the business world. There are several different types of businesses that have unique and sometimes specific requirements so one person’s experience may differ from the next person’s depending on the specific field you want to enter.