Many people are thinking about starting their own businesses during challenging, yet creative times like these.
I've been an entrepreneur at heart since my early teenage years. I started a cookie business to make the money to buy my first nice bike.
The results of that experience?
I liked the bike. I loved the business. I knew I would be back to entrepreneurial ways some day.
You may be an entrepreneur at heart, or you may not. As you explore that, if you are, consider what a few business owners and business builders have to say about the experience:
An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he'll quickly learn how to chew it.
I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of
the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs,
then I proceed to invent.
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.
Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise. They willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.
Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it's about trading: buying and selling.