You’ve thought about being an entrepreneur. You love the idea of being your own boss, working the hours you want, and making more money. You just don’t know how to get started or what you should do first. It might even seem overwhelming when you think about all you don’t know when it comes to being an entrepreneur.
First thing is first. Take a deep breath. Anything can be overwhelming when you are looking at all the things you have to do. Break it down into steps.
What do you want your business to be about? If you’re not sure, what’s your passion? It may not come where you expect it. I was a life coach when I unexpectedly got pregnant. I had a plan for my life and this wasn’t it. I kept hearing a little voice say that I needed to focus on single moms. I brushed it away. At first, the voice whispered to me, and eventually it was yelling at me. So I listened, and that’s made all the difference in my life and my business.
Be open. I focused on single moms, but I didn’t really know what that meant or what it would end up looking like. I was open to the possibilities of what may come without even knowing what it may be.
One thing leads to another and another. You may not know what business you want to start today, but you may wake up tomorrow, and as you are going through your morning routine, it may hit you. Or you may meet someone who can help you in your field or know people who do. Your family, friends, and acquaintances know more people than you realize.
Be brave and courageous. You’ll need to venture outside of your comfort zone. What was once hard in your life that no longer is? Think about when you starting tying your shoes, riding a bike, or driving a car. All of those were scary, but now you can do them without thinking about them. They are no longer scary, because when you did them the second, third, and fourth time, you were stretching your comfort zone. Each time you do something new, you create a new comfort zone area. When this is flexible, you grow quicker and so does your need to learn, explore, and discover, which comes in handy as an entrepreneur.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you get started, you may think you have to do everything yourself. YOU DON’T! Ask family and friends for help. They may want to help but aren’t sure what you need. Another fantastic tactic is to speak to several successful entrepreneurs and ask them for 15 minutes of their time (and stick to the 15 minutes unless they want to go over). Then ask how they got started, what they would tell their younger self, or what help can they offer you. The answer is always “No” if you don’t ask—this also helps stretch your comfort zone.
Getting started is always the hardest step, and there is no easy way to do it. It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect. There is no “right place” or “right time” to do it. The best thing is to just start…anywhere. Just begin and you’ll soon discover all you’re capable of doing. I believe in you.
Jessica is an inspirational mentor to single moms worldwide, an author, a speaker, and founder of social enterprise The Single Mom Movement and The Single Mom Movement Community where single moms get the support, help, and empowerment they need to thrive in life.
The Life of a Single Mom (TLSM) is a 501c3 nonprofit that exists to serve single parents and those who work with single parents. We are fully accredited through a variety of organizations that include high levels of financial accountability and awards for our premiere financial stewardship, including GuideStar, Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability, Great Nonprofits, Chamber of Commerce, LANO, and others.