I have always seen myself as a bit of a closet entrepreneur. And I have always though that one day I might give it a go.  And that time is now.  Entrepreneurship, is my ultimate destiny I have thought.  But am I prepared for the journey?
Let’s start with the definition of entrepreneur.  It is a noun defined as “a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.”
I think the most important words in the definition are:  “risks” and “hope”.  In other words, a very uncertain world indeed.  I think if you’re thinking about embracing entrepreneurial opportunities, you have to first prepare yourself for the uncertainty and roller-coaster ride that lies ahead.
I have been planning for 6 months, improving my skill set and have been preparing myself mentally and financially, or so I thought, for what lay ahead.  I would like to share some of my experience with others who are considering the same entrepreneurial route. 

Things to consider in the journey to becoming an entrepreneur

  • Think of it as a project:  Plan activities in the same way you would plan any large project.  It is much easier to tackle when you have a structured plan and list of what you need to do.
  • It can be lonely:  especially at the start, you end up working alone and often at home – with only your own company.   Break up your day if you can.  Get out the house!
  • Lack of second opinion:  There is no-one else to bounce ideas off and no workshop-environment where you can think issues through collaboratively.
  • Get a business coach:  I have the help of a fantastic and successful entrepreneur who has offered to help me on this journey.
  • Research:  Research is slow and takes much longer than you thought it would.  And prepare yourself for finding things you hoped you wouldn’t find!
  • Roller-coaster ride:  One day you’ll be positive, excited and confident that your concept will be a great success, and later niggles, concern and uncertainty will take over, and you start to doubt your ideas and plans.
  • Believe in yourself:  Only you can make it happen!  It is of course also easier if other people believe in you too, as that will help bolster your self-belief.
  • Work hard, but make time to rest:  Your body does need rest.  Not a licence for being lazy, just ensure you give your body the best chance to support you.

I have been struggling with all of the above – more than I thought I would.  I am an energetic, able, confident person with a good track record of success. When I think rationally, I realise that I have all the ingredients to make this a success.  And that is what I try to keep my focus on.
I would be keen to hear if anyone else out there is on the same journey.  What do you find are the joys and drawbacks of the experience?