You are comfortable in your full-time role, working a somewhat normal work week, and things are just fine. But something deep inside is telling you there is another, unexplored option you want to take a look at. There are many stories of successful entrepreneurs, but just as many that did not go as well as expected. “How do I proceed” is a common question.
So you do the right thing and talk to people, some of whom have entrepreneurial experience and some who don’t. Family members, friends and even strangers give you advice. This all leads to total confusion and information overload. At this point you start to second guess yourself, and panic creeps in. Do I really want to do this?
The answer is a resounding yes. If you do not at least look into becoming an entrepreneur, you will always second guess yourself. But how do you make sense of everything? Funds are limited, family time is important, and who do you trust.
So I will offer a sensible, easy, no cost method to your quandary. The steps are:
- Perform a Google search on “steps to becoming an entrepreneur”
- Write down a list of questions that are important to you – this is your first draft version
- Find several people you know who are entrepreneurs
- Ask if you can spend some time with them in their business – take notes, ask questions, and add these to your own list of questions
- Repeat this process and learn, learn, learn
At this point you have three options:
- This is not for me, but at least you satisfied that inner voice
- Still not sure, so you repeat the steps above
- Decide you want to move forward toward becoming an entrepreneur
If you select the third option you are now more educated and in a better position to make smart, well thought out decisions. Remember to always find independent, experienced and proven professionals to help guide you through your journey.
Keep in mind that if an opportunity seems too good, make sure you take extra precautions. Wishing you the best of luck in your endeavors.