What is stopping you from getting started?
On what ever project that may be, starting a business, making more money, planning that first mini-retirement?
I consider myself pretty good at getting things done but just like anyone else i suffer from anxiety, doubt and not wanting to face the world! Sometimes all it takes is getting started and then things flow; but getting started can be the most difficult part of any project!
Recently I asked 40 want to be entrepreneurs what was stopping them from getting started and I want to share the results of the survey with you and give you some top tips on overcoming these barriers to getting going
Encase you can't read the small writing on the right of the chart the three main things that stop people from starting are:
Two of these are directly related to our mindset and the other could be said to be indirectly related to our mindset!
The number 1 thing that was stopping our want to be entrepreneurs from getting going was Confidence.
Confidence: the magic ingredient
Confidence is this weird thing that can stop us from doing anything or gives us the energy, drive and motivation to go out there and take on the world! My friend Simon who I co-founded the Pop-Up Business School with always used to say "spend as much time building your business as you do your confidence" and i think that is great advice for anyone. So here are three ways you can work on your confidence:
Money: the life blood of any venture
The belief "it takes money to make money" is one that keeps coming up every time we talk to people who want to start businesses. At the Pop-Up Business School we have started 100s of businesses without any money and we will show you how on the course. For now here is the secret in brief:
"Go and sell something to somebody" before you have created it and ask for the money up front before delivery. Sounds simple but that is it!
Focus: which of my 42 ideas should I start and what should I do first?
This can be a tough one. We had one lovely lady on the first ever Pop-Up Business School in Weston Super Mare that had 11 ideas for business and didn't know where to begin. Having too many options is paralysing.
The toughest thing to do is to pick one idea and get going. But what if you are wrong and pick the wrong idea??
That is the paralysing element of all of this. So our mantra is "fail fast and fail cheap" and you do this by going to sell your idea to a potential customer before you have even created the product. you will get a very quick answer and you will either fail fast and fail cheap or know that your idea has legs and you should pursue it!
We would love to hear what is stopping you from getting started, leave it in the comments below and we will give you some ideas of how to overcome it.
Of come to one of our upcoming events and we will help you start your business for free.