When are you really ready to start your business? I know, it's easy for everyone to say 'You're never ready, just jump in!' but its not so easy to put that into action. There are feelings of doubt, pressure and fear that can swallow us whole when we're considering following our dreams. It's natural to want to cling on to the security of our day jobs.
But you know what? It's not natural to hide our true selves.
If your true self is a freelance web designer/copy writer/painter/brand strategist/stylist or whatever, then your calling in life to be true to yourself. If you're aimlessly teaching children at playschool while your heart secretly yearns to write about travel, then you owe it to yourself to chase that dream of writing and make it a reality.
We will never be ready to plunge into our dreams because we- being the imperfect humans we are- are prone to fear. And that fear will always find an excuse why we shouldn't follow our dreams.
Instead of trying to be 100% ready to start your dream biz, simply try and be prepared. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Are you prepared financially?
Before you go quitting your day job, save as much money as you can. This way, when you finally start living your dream career, you won't start your creative journey with financial stress. You can concentrate on starting your business the right way, and not worry about the bills.
2. Do you have work lined up?
What I found really helpful was lining up future clients while I was still at my day job. Once I left, I felt safe and secure in knowing that for the next few months I definitely had work.
3. Have you planned in advance?
While your business hasn't yet started, why not make a start on your business and marketing plan? Put a strategy in place before your business starts.
4. Have you built enough experience and confidence?
I read the other day that no one should ever start a business in a niche they know nothing about. If you do, the chances are that you will drown in pressure and stress. So before you start your new business, make sure that you've built up experience and you've grown comfortable working with clients. Write down a concrete process for each of the services you offer so that you're confident on how your business operations will work.
4. Have you started making connections?
Give yourself a leg up. While you're on the train to work, get on Twitter and start connecting with others in your field. Create a Facebook page and Pinterest account for your upcoming business and start building their following. Comment on blogs that are in the same niche as you.