If you know you want to work for yourself, the most common reason I hear is not knowing where or how to begin.
I didn’t either in 2013.
I figured it out with help along the way.
I’m still in business thankfully, and I’m sharing some of the characteristics I think you need to create a career of freedom, flexibility and success, by building a business.
Anyone can start a business, but not everyone has what it takes to keep going. Your strength of character is key when it comes to navigating a new path. Some of the characteristics you need are;
You must have this in order to keep trucking!
It’s important to know why you want to do the work. During the darker days you’ll need to recall it and remind yourself why you’re putting yourself through the experience!
Building a business is a rollercoaster with incredible highs and lows and if you’re not fired up about it, it's going to be painful without your passion and your why.
In order to succeed on your own terms and in business, it requires commitment and persistence.
Chances are you have already shown commitment in the jobs you’ve held down.
You’ve worked the extra hours, checked the emails out of hours otherwise you felt the pangs of guilt. You've often not taken your lunch and made the sacrifices with your personal life as you feel the burden of responsibility and wanting desperately to catch up.
Times get tough in business, if you want to make it happen, accept that you are required to commit to it like a marriage, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health because these are all factors….on steroids!
You know if you have commitment.
3. Grit & Tenacity
To have grit with your passion requires a characteristic not to dissimilar to a dog with with a bone - you never let go!
You demonstrate the courage to keep going no matter what, with nerves of steel and enough resolve to find the solution to any problem. Being determined to figure it out.
You won’t have all the answers all of the time, but you will always find a solution, even if it isn’t the one you want straight away.
You need patience and flexibility to bend with the unexpected curveballs and if you have grit and tenacity, you will get through it.
Being able to find solutions to overcome the stickier times is a must. As a business owner, you will be trying to juggle everything to begin with and it will scramble your brain.
You won’t have all the skills or assets you need and you’ll be frustrated a lot of the time.
Make the most of what you have, find answers efficiently and make decisions quickly.
Build your network and call in favours and offer skills swaps or gifts if there is no spare cash.
Life and business has a habit of knocking you sideways occasionally and often things won't happen the way you want it to.
Exercising your resourcefulness muscle enables you to go to your handy toolbox of tricks when the next curveball is hurtling towards you!
It can take time building a business and persistence is key, along with rock solid self esteem to stay on the path.
It will take longer than you think and if you have self belief, your persistence will pay off. Work on your mind-set everyday and remember number one, your passion and your why.
Success rarely happens overnight, and be sure that you know how success looks to you in the first instance too.
Have you demonstrated any of these characteristics in your career so far? I would say likely.
You will certainly have commitment if you’ve managed to hold down a job for a fair amount of time and scoop up the pay slip every month. Do you get a 'thank you' for your efforts?
Look for the evidence where you’ve demonstrated any of these five traits before if you want to create a career that works with your personal life; one that offers freedom and flexibility.
Start there and believe you do have what it takes to make it happen.
That's where you start - with yourself.
The how will happen when you take action.
Creating your working world and personal life the way you want to shape it requires many characteristics, skills and resources, some of which you will have, some you won’t.
Hire help where you need it and never lose sight of how you envisage living your life.
You can create the life and business you desire. Look at the people who are already doing it, and instead of comparing yourself and falling into the spiral of self doubt, stop and ask yourself what can you learn from them.