We live in a world where it’s easier than ever before to launch an online business. However, just because it’s easy to do from a logistical point of view doesn’t mean that it’s easy from a mindset standpoint. It takes confidence to start any type of business, online or off.
There are plenty of folks who would happily start a company if they knew everything would work out. But that's not how business works. There's risk. you have to make educated guesses, and those guesses require a little bit of courageous action to back them up.
If you know you want to become a digital entrepreneur, but you don’t quite feel ready, here's a few ideas that can help:
Know your stuff
You can fake it till you make it, but truthfully, that seems like too much work to me. You can’t start a business hoping that one day you’ll know your products or services inside out. It might happen, but wouldn’t it be much easier if you knew about those things before you launched? Knowledge really is power. If you’re weighing multiple ideas to launch, then remember this advice from my investment advisor: choose the one you know the best. It’s much easier to succeed when you have confidence in what you’re doing.
Keep on learnin'
Sometimes, all we need is a little bit of help to get us moving in the right direction. You might have all the skills you need, but you’re just having some trouble bringing them all together and figuring out which direction to take. Fortunately, no matter what type of business you’re thinking of launching, there will be help out there.
For example, if you want to start your own marketing venture, the Local Marketing Vault method might help (here's more from ibuyireview.com). As a coach, I probably don't even need to tell you that there are zillions of courses, both online and in the real world, that can help you build an online business. But here's a tip: only take a course if it's something you know you need RIGHT NOW. Otherwise, it's too easy to get caught up in buying training and becoming a "course collector". Keep it simple, stay focused, and don't underestimate the power of a little extra learning!
Right size your expectations
You could easily give yourself a panic attack if you place too much pressure on yourself to succeed. In the early days, it’s a good idea to have modest ambitions. Just do it for fun, and see what happens! If you’re expecting your website to give you a full-time income from the first moment that you launch, then you’ll be worried every step of the way. Even if you did have success, you probably wouldn’t enjoy the process! Start small, and build up from there.
If You Never Try…
Finally, think about this: if you never try, then you’ll never know. While it’s fine to have some nerves and be a little apprehensive about starting your own company, it’s also important that you’re not letting fear rule you. You'll never feel fully ready to make the leap. And if you do, you've probably waited too long. If you’re too afraid to fail, then just think about this: what’s the worst that can happen? What’s on the other side of the fear? You’ll likely find that there’s nothing there that you can’t handle. And if you DO find something that looks impossible to handle, ask for help. You don't have to do it alone!