Part 1 ~ Acey Gaspard’s Guide to Starting a Small Business – Made Simple
What Are Your Reasons For Starting Your Own Business
So you’re considering getting into your own business. That’s great! This could change your life forever and help you live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
It may allow you to do more of the things you want and have more control over your life. Being in your own business can truly be an enriching experience; just make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.
The purpose of this article is to help you get into business for the right reasons. When you know what you really want, you’ll have a much better chance of getting it.
Johnny worked in an automotive detailing shop, and he was very good at it. The cars he worked on turned out like cars in the showroom. What he didn’t like was being told what to do, when it came to detailing the cars. The business owner focused on profits instead of service, and he usually made Johnny cut corners during the detailing process.
One day, Johnny had had enough. He knew he could do a better job detailing cars his way, and he decided to open up his own shop. He walked into the boss’s office, told him he was quitting and walked out, not even giving the boss a chance to ask what the problem was. Within three weeks, Johnny was in business for himself.
In the first few weeks, Johnny found himself taking care of many tasks he wasn’t familiar with. Soon he was working extra-long hours, and he still didn’t have the time to do what he was good at, which was detailing cars. Johnny found himself in the world of business, and he didn’t like it.
After just a few weeks of this, he gave up. Johnny was finished before he even got started. You see, he never really wanted to run a business; he wanted to detail the cars. That was his passion, that was what he did best, and that was all he wanted to do. He got into business for the wrong reasons, and that’s why he gave up. Now he’s worse off than when he started: broke and unemployed, and his spirits are down.
Don’t Let What Happened to Johnny Happen to You
Get into business for the right reasons. Johnny hated every aspect of running a business, and that’s why he gave up and failed. He would have been better off making an agreement with his employer that would give him more control in the detailing process – that’s all he really needed.
We’re all happy doing what’s important to us. The thing we could do all day even if we didn’t get paid for it. When you’re considering a business, it should be something you’re happy doing.
Don’t run away from a problem; run toward a desire. Once you’ve found your true desire and you’re in a working environment that’s right for you, you’ll perform better, your work will be enjoyable, and you’ll be good at what you do.
The reasons for running your own business are personal and plentiful. But whatever the reason, you’re in business to succeed, and you won’t find success if you’re simply running from a problem. You need to be in business for the right reasons.
Here are some of the reasons people start their own business:
- To be in control.
- To have more freedom.
- To create something special.
- To feel successful.
- To gain recognition.
- To feel a sense of accomplishment.
- To improve their financial situations.
- To build a better future.
- To be their own boss.
- To feel prestigious.
If you want to find the core of your desires and really get clear about them, then do the following:
Write down your number-one reason for wanting to start a business.
To get clear about your underlying desire, take a few minutes to go through the simple yet powerful exercise to help you find your true desire.
Whatever your reasons for wanting your own business, it’s important to be clear about them. Once you’re clear, it will be easier to become successful. Then at least you’ll know you’re traveling along the right track.
Action Steps to Identify Your Reasons for Getting Into Your Own Business
Write down your primary reason for wanting to establish your own business.
Go through the underlying desires exercise to ensure that your reasons are the right ones for getting into a business.
Important Questions to Identify Your Reasons For Getting Into Your Own Business
Why do you want to get into a business?
What triggered this desire to set up your own business?
What has prevented you from starting your own business earlier?
What has changed that makes you believe now is the right time to open a business?