I do my best to help every entrepreneur that comes my way, including those still holding down a traditional job while working on their business part-time. But truthfully, that does make growing your business a bit more complicated. When I ask those clients why they haven't taken the plunge and quit their day job, I get a lot of similar answers. Mostly to do with stability.
"I need to keep a base of income."
"I need the medical benefits."
"I don't have enough customers yet."
"The economy isn't in a good place right now."
"I have too much debt."
"Next year will be a better time to start."
I understand these answers. We've all been there. Each person has to weigh the pros and cons of going all in and growing their business. However, after many years of coaching and mentoring an incredibly diverse group of entrepreneurs, I hear something else in these answers.
"I don't think I can do this."
"I don't have faith in my product or service."
"I'm not confident enough to do this."
"This is too much change."
Being an entrepreneur is being a pioneer. It's doing what other people are either unwilling or unable to do. The unfortunate truth about taking on this life is that safety and stability aren't usually the norm when building your business. This is a long game, and some sacrifices must be made in the short term.
While building your business, you must look years ahead, measure your results and earnings, and make course corrections. The customers you start with likely aren't the customers who will get you to your end goal. Your assumptions and plans will be tested (and probably broken). Resilience is key. Flexibility is required.
You'll work harder at the start of building your business than you likely ever will with a 9-to-5, but you can do it. You can build a successful business that's more profitable than a traditional job. Take the plunge. You don’t have to do it alone.
Ready to get started on your entrepreneurial path? To work through the fear and assumptions that are holding you back? Let's set up a time to talk.