These days, with the rapidly expanding world of online entrepreneurs and small business owners kickin’ butt in their chosen fields, it can be super duper easy to get caught up in the mindset of, ‘I want what she’s having’. And why wouldn’t you?
Working from home, creating your own hours, pick and choosing your own clients and being your own ladyboss. What’s not to love about that?
But as someone who has recently stepped away from the comfort and convenience of a 9 to 5 job and regular salary, I have discovered there are 5 significant questions I should’ve asked myself way back when I first considered the big move.
Don’t get me wrong, I would’ve done it anyway, but the beauty of hindsight has shown me that taking the time to ask myself these simple questions would’ve provided more clarity and confidence before I took the plunge.
So if you’re an inspired beginner or biz-owner wannabe, here are five questions to ask yourself before starting your own business:
1. How do I want to be of service to the world?
When you start a business, making money should be a secondary consideration. Yes, of course we all want and need cash flow to live and make our business successful, but purely starting a business only to make money is not a sustainable plan.
After a few years, or even months, when the novelty of your business starts to wane, where will you be left standing? It may be financially successful, but will you be genuinely happy?
If you can identify how you want to be of service to others, your heart’s fire will ignite and making money will be a valuable side effect.
2. Who do I want to be?
If you’re anything like me, by the time you’re ready to start your own business, you’ve had a few life experiences, worked your tooshie off in your first career (usually chosen at 18 years of age) and developed a better understanding of what you value in life. By the time you get to your 30s or have a family, you start approaching things differently to the girl you once were.
Knowing your values and who you want to be in life can help you design a business and lifestyle that motivates you. So take a moment to identify what values are important in your life and ensure they are part of your new business DNA too.
For me, I have tried to develop a business around my life values of authenticity, empowerment, independence, respect and happiness.
3. What would I do every single day for free?
One of my greatest passions is celebrating and gaining inspiration from women who are genuine trailblazers. Nothing motivates me more then when I connect with like-minded women who have felt the fear and followed their heart to achieve their business goals. I find it truly inspiring and want to talk to these women about the how-what-where-when-and-whys every day.
No payment. No problem. It’s a passion of mine and I would be happy to celebrate their accomplishments until the cows come home.
My point? The likelihood of your business bringing in your dream income from the get-go isn’t realistic, but your willingness to work hard and produce something your passionate about while your bank balance rebounds, can not be underestimated. Let’s be honest, you’re less likely to work hard on something you don’t love if you aren’t creating cash.
4. If I was the best in the world at ‘X’ I would…
Imagine you are already considered the top chick in your new field. How would you act, work, feel, behave, think? Would you make faster decisions, network more, put yourself out there and take bigger risks?
By treating yourself as the best in the world in your new business, before you get started, helps to remove the mind blocks of doubt, fear and uncertainty we all naturally feel as beginners.
You are stronger, wiser and more powerful then you give yourself credit for, and if you believe in yourself and your possibilities, then others will naturally follow and believe in you too.
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5. What will my life look like in the review mirror?
If starting your own business and being your own boss is an important step in building a meaningful life, then creating a vision of your ideal life will help you see everything that already sits inside you, bursting to be realised.
Take a few minutes to brainstorm what you want to see when you look back on your life as an 80 year-old woman. What did you accomplish? What are you most proud of? What gives you the greatest sense of fulfilment? Your answers may not be business related, and that’s fine. This is your review mirror and needs to reflect what you value. This process may also shine a light on whether or not starting a business is a high priority at all, or whether travel, family, health and many other areas take up more space than your own business in your ideal life.
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