This is an extraordinary time to venture into business ownership. The Internet has changed the entire game. There is unprecedented access to information and guidance, and this has leveled the playing field.
But whether you work with a business coach, attend seminars, or read how-to books and blogs, you are the one who has to make it happen. All of these activities are there to give you direction and/or tools, but only you can get your business up and running. Only you can create the business you envision.
Take an honest look at how much time and money you’ve recently invested in any or all of these things. Then take a look at where you are with your business. How long have you been operating at your current level, compared to how long you've wanted to take it to the next level?
A lot of people get stuck in the “information gathering” stage. In this stage, it is easy to convince ourselves that we’re doing something. But if you’ve been on a merry-go-round of learning and development activities, the reality is, you’re avoiding doing anything. The best way to actually move your plans forward is to take a break from the planning. Put the information you’ve gathered to use by creating an action oriented to-do list, and start moving through it.
For some of you, the next level is actually getting your business set up. For others, it means expanding your product or service line or building your customer base. Wherever you’re at, you are responsible for being there. And wherever you want to be, you are responsible for getting there. Feel confident from your past achievements, use the knowledge you have gained, and start moving toward your goals.