The first step towards starting a business

Being a wantrepreneur and having a misbehaving ego that tries to stop you before you’ve even got started tells me that I have some serious challenges ahead of me. So how do you start a business when you doubt yourself?


I decided to wait for the perfect moment when I had more time, which of course eliminated one of the items on my long list of excuses. I’m having a couple of months off (potentially ten) so this was my opportunity and I wasn’t planning on wasting it.

After months of procrastinating, I decided to take the first step towards starting my business: ACTION. I took action. I did some basic competitor research just to see if my idea would hold the ground and if there was a market for my service. I’ll cover more of how to do market research in my upcoming blog.

It felt like the world had been lifted off my shoulders and I started to get some of that excitement back I had had before. In a single moment I decided that I’m actually going to do this, give it my all and if it fails then that’s ok too, at least I had gone for it.

“I don’t regret the things I have done. I just regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”

Most people aren’t fortunate to have all this time off so my advice is that you simply take action and take it now. There really isn’t any point waiting around for the perfect moment like I did. Time is off the essence particularly if you have a unique idea, because being the first to market can be a trump card.

Use other people’s support or the lack of it to drive you, to get you started. It doesn’t matter what it is just take action – any action. I started with market research, as I’m a very data driven person. There’s no right or wrong though, the key is to start from somewhere while of course keeping the costs low at this point. You’ll notice that things start to look much less complicated when you break things into small steps. So at the beginning keep things simple just to get over the hump.

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