Entrepreneurship-An Alternate Career Choice
If you've recently started your own business-or if you're thinking about it-you have a lot of company.Becom ing a home based entrepreneur is not just a career choice but also a lifestyle choice which more and more people are choosing day after day.
While many individuals go on their own internal reasons-a passionate need to be independent, a burning desire to turn a hobby into a profession, or the love of a challenge-others have chosen the entrepreneur route in response to external situations, including layoffs, frustration with their current workplace culture, or a need for greater flexibility in their lives.
Just as the dream during the 1950's was to buy and own our own homes, working for yourself (especially from home) is the dream of the 21st Century.However becoming an entrepreneur isn't for all.It's important to consider whether you have what it takes to start a business and run it successfully.
You've probably heard that start-up statistics are grim.What you need to know is that around 30% of businesses that are started at home survive longer than 5 years. Stories of overnight successes and young millionaires are rare. The dot.com era ended two years ago, and venture capital money is increasingly hard to secure. The hardworking, determined, visionary who dedicates long hours and endless energy to his or her business is the more realistic picture of today's entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurship comes with many hurdles both internal and external ones.They still need to offer exceptional service and top class products like any other business. They need to manage cash flow and maintain profitability and hire and retain the right mix of people. Externally, factors such as access to financing, the economy, government regulations, and technological issues impact entrepreneurs on a regular basis.
Many small businesses fail because of weaknesses in general management, financial management, and marketing (Statistics Canada, "Failing Concerns: Business Bankruptcy in Canada"). Michael Gerber cites the "entrepreneurial seizure" as a primary reason for failure in his book "The E Myth, Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work, and What To Do About It." What is made evident by Michael Gerber is that many entrepreneurs fail in realizing their dream by assuming that understanding the technical side of the business is enough to enable them to succeed. There are many more aspects to a home based business than that.
To avoid becoming a casualty of the start-up craze, it's critical to be aware of the pros and cons of running a business.There is no get rich quick scheme out there. The potential sure is there to earn a lot of money and a great residual income but you have to be willing to put in the hard yards and go through the dirty work needed to get there.
Are you the right person to become an Entrepreneur?
One recent study of entrepreneurs (William E. Jennings, "A Profile of the Entrepreneur") asked subjects to rank several traits and attitudes related to business ownership in order of importance.
Results showed the most important attributes to be:
" Desire and willingness to take initiative
" Desire to Achieve
" Good physical health
Filling out the bottom of the list were some surprising attributes, including a strong desire for money, patience, organizational skills, and a need for power.Today's entrepreneurs are more interested in competition and achievement than money or power.
By asking youself these questions then you can start to work out whether you have what is required to successfully start and carry on your own home based business.
" Are you willing to do that hard work and put in the time and effort required to get started?
" Do you want to bear the responsibility for all business decisions and responsibilities related to your company?
" Are you independent, disciplined, and committed to entrepreneurship?
" Are you willing to play a number of roles within your business?
Where Do You Start?
Research, research, research! Reseach in to the industry you are wanting to get into, and ensure you look at both positive and negative aspects. Talk to other entrepreneurs about what has worked for them, and read relevant trade journals, books, and business publications. You must be willing to learn daily and keep up to date with all current dilemmas facing this industry.
It is essential then to develop of comprehensive business plan.This is especially important if you are going to require outside funding to commence your business.All successful businesses whether online or not have a business plan in place. Set goals for your business, then break the goals down into achievable steps. A good plan will help you maintain focus when things become overwhelming.
Networking can begin immediately when starting a business. Don't burn your bridges at your current job, keep good relationships with current workers.When networking is done well it can establish mutually beneficial relationships.
Other aspects you also need to consider are :
Financial aspects such as amount of capital requirement to start-up and obviously if you can find an opportunity with low start up costs then that is great. However, remember that all businesses need capital to start.
It can be difficult to start from scratch and be assured that there are a lot of entrepreneurs out there who continued to work their initial job whilst starting their entrepreneurial business until things picked up. Be patient.
If you are going to continue working in your current job then it may at times feel quite overwhelming.Remember to carve out time for friends, family, and fun. If you can find a business that can help you along with things such as automated marketing systems, training and support etc then this will help you spend your time wisely and focus on building your business.
In closing, please remember that becoming an entrepreneur is not for the faint-hearted. If you are willing to work hard and learn then stop looking for the magic formula, which doesn't exist. Your dreams can come true with work and perseverance.