Be honest: you love your job, but you’re not in love with it. If you were, you wouldn’t be reading this article.
Sure, the pay is good, it’s consistent, and your coworkers are great. But you’ve always dreamed of trying your luck on your own as a small business owner. If you need some convincing, here are four of the best reasons that this is the year you should throw caution to the wind and try your luck as an Internet entrepreneur.
It’s easier than ever to become an entrepreneur.
There are tons of fantastic resources available online for starting a business. Here are 7 easy steps to get started:
1. Take a deep breath.
This is a big risk, but so is walking out your front door.
2. Decide what you want to do.
What would you do for a living if money wasn’t a necessity? Find something that you’re passionate about, and your work will stop feeling like work.
3. Figure out how you’re going to make money.
There are plenty of ways to gain revenue with an online business, from affiliate marketing to advertisements to paid services and products. We recently wrote an article telling you exactly how to get started.
4. Write a business plan.
Make sure you have a clear idea of where you’re headed. Websites like Entrepreneur and Info Entrepreneurs can help you organize your business plan and make sure you include all the necessary information.
5. Register a domain name.
Rebel has a huge list of available domain names and extensions for you to choose from.
6. Build a website.
Resources like Codecademy and Code.org offer free courses on HTML and other coding languages, and sites like WikiHow offer step-by-step guides on how to put together a website your customers will want to visit. Coding not your thing? WordPress templates can do all the heavy lifting.
7. Register your business.
Depending where you live, registering your business will look a bit different, but most countries offer some sort of registry — those who live in the US can get in touch with the US Small Business Administration (USSBA) to get started.
8. Connect with others.
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are your friends. There are more than likely plenty of people who are rooting for you to succeed, so use them — get them to share your links, tell their friends, and post about your business on their feeds.
The best time to start is right now.
Here’s some tough love: you’re never going to be as young as you are today. If you keep pushing back your dream of starting a small business to tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, you’ll wake up one day and find that you’ve spent 30 years doing something you like, but that you’re just not passionate about. Life is way too short, there’s no time like the present, carpe diem — they’re clichés, sure, but they’re true.
You might fail, but so did your heroes.
We would write a list of all of the creative geniuses in history who have failed, but we can’t, because literally every single person would be on that list. For example, Walt Disney was fired as a newspaper editor before starting his famous production company; Steve Jobs got kicked out of Apple before coming back to revolutionize the tech industry; Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected by 27 different publishers. You will probably fail before you start to succeed. But that’s normal. People may not tell you about their struggles to make it big, but they’ve all been where you are right now.
The stakes aren’t as high as you think.
Seriously. If you crash and burn, you can (and will) find another job. Maybe you’ll give being a small business owner a try and find that it’s just not for you. Worst-case scenario, you may end up wasting a few months on something that just doesn’t turn out. The satisfaction of knowing you took a chance and tried doing something you’ve always thought about is worth the risk. And you’ll learn a lot along the way that can help you in your career, no matter what direction you end up taking.
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