Roadblocks: Things that Keep People from Starting a Business

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For all its promising rewards, a business endeavor is something that many people refuse to get into. No, this isn’t a case of a different calling in life. Some people badly want to become entrepreneurs but just never get into it. Why exactly? Here are some things that keep them from starting their own business, the struggles that you might be experiencing, too:

You feel overwhelmed by everything

Before you open a pizza shop or salad store, there are tons of things to consider: your business plan and model, marketing strategies, funding options, employee hiring, and more. It is kind of inevitable to be overwhelmed by everything. However, here’s the thing: you don’t have to do it by yourself. Find mentors. Reach out to seasoned and starting entrepreneurs alike. Join a business community. From your networking efforts, for sure, you’ll be able to pick up learnings along the way that can help you move forward in the “overwhelming” task of starting the business. The most significant encouragement here is that there’s a less stressful way to build a business: being a franchisee. By going this route, almost all of the details in your business plan are laid out already. At the same time, you can take advantage of the hands-on training the franchisors provide, giving you a test drive so that you won’t be overwhelmed by the actual business operations. Thus, consider pizza or salad franchise opportunities if you want to venture into the food industry.

You are afraid of uncertainties

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Running a business is full of risks. It’s a gamble, as they say. Since the stakes are high, the possibility of failure is high as well. That’s what most entrepreneurs fear. A lot of people are watching them, like their families, investors, and competitors. The truth of the matter is that there’s never a thing certain in life and failure is common. Hence, it’s really a matter of being comfortable with uncertainty or being paralyzed by it. Of course, you want to choose the former. The way to be comfortable with uncertainty is to know your certainties. While you’re not sure about whether or not your salad store will be a hit, you’re not entirely clueless about the demographics and psychographics of your target market or the average sales of your competitor. By knowing more about these things, you can tackle your greater fears.

You don’t know much about business

It appears nonsense to do something that you don’t know about, especially if you’re talking about running a company and leading people. Still, it also makes perfect sense to get yourself immersed in something that you don’t know so that you can learn about it. Right? You don’t have to be an expert in the industry you’re entering just to start a business. However, it’s okay not to know everything. There are many resources that can increase your knowledge. You have mentors. You have accountants and lawyers. You have business classes. You have the Internet. If you’re going the franchising route, you have the training from your franchisor.

Don’t let these obstacles keep you from starting your business. Make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur a reality. Start taking the steps today.