Working for yourself requires you to be a self-starter – someone who can work without supervision and have the confidence to do it. Oh, and you’ve got to know what you’re aiming to offer and how to set up to do that too. It’s more difficult than people think it is, but it’s not impossible either.
Here are some things to do in advance to build confidence in yourself.
Find Something Easier to Achieve to Believe in Yourself More
It may seem like a step backwards, but if you realize that you’re never going to start that business because you’re chronically lacking in self-confidence, then you must address the confidence issue first.
Pick something that you wish to achieve that you feel is easier. It doesn’t need to expressly even be business-related. What you’re looking for is some quick wins.
Now, bear in mind that people who don’t have major confidence will also hugely downplay any of their achievements. So, you must stop doing that! Otherwise, when you do achieve something, you won’t give yourself any credit and your confidence will not rise.
Get the Money Sorted Before You Start
Are you going to use your savings to live off while you build the business? How much money will your business require in the first 12 months? How much do you need to live each month?
When you start figuring out the answers to some of these questions, you’ll realize the amount of money required to get going. It may be more or less than you previously thought too.
If you’re worried that you won’t have enough, then consider one of the easy loans that can provide some extra cash to tide you over in the early months. Having the extra bank balance will increase your confidence that you can get started.
Create a Business Plan
Creating a business plan is putting down on paper what you plan to do. It requires that you carefully think through the major steps towards creating and launching a new product or service into the marketplace.
When you do this, it forces you to get into the tall grass to figure out exactly what you plan to do. Then you’re likely to investigate how you’ll find those customers, what your costs will be and the potential profit. It can be exciting to put it together and see the final business plan. It makes you want to get started right away!
Start Developing Contacts
Most businesses rely on their contacts. If you’ve got some from previous work, then tap those by getting back in touch. Ask how they are doing and drop into the conversation what you’re about to launch.
Doing this lets you assess how viable your existing network of contacts is for drumming up your first clients or customers. Once you’ve taken this step, combined with the business plan, the business will begin to take shape in your mind. Then it’s just a matter of getting started with it.
Once you’re ready to proceed, don’t let anything stop you. It’s better to fail trying and learn from the experience than to continue to stay in neutral and not move forward.