When we chat with people and they find out what we do, the conversation usually goes something like this,
“I would love to own my own business, but…(insert excuse here)”
Sure, there are a myriad of reasons why going it alone and owning your own business may seem like a foolhardy venture, but the truth is entrepreneurship can be the key to happiness.
Why? When you own your own business, you are the boss of your day to day life. The amount of money you make, what you do for work – these things are now up to you. Talk to any entrepreneur and they will tell you that this kind of control over your own destiny is absolutely worth it.
Let’s look at some of the big excuses we hear about why buying a business is impossible and show you that all it really takes to be your own boss is a little planning and a lot of drive.
“I don’t have the money.”
Sure, there are a lot of businesses out there that only a multi-millionaire could afford, but the truth is the small business market is full of businesses that many people could absolutely afford to buy. Smaller ventures can be bought outright for cash from your savings, while some medium sized businesses can be purchased with a decent down payment and a bit of seller financing. Think of the money you would need to buy a business this way – you aren’t just spending the money – you are investing it in a business that will give you a return on that investment with some hard work on your part. You already go to a job and work hard for someone else, why not do that for yourself?
“It’s too risky.”
Yes, all business ventures come with their fair share of risk, but so does the job you have now. You could walk into work tomorrow and get fired. If you own your own business, any mistakes you make, any risks you take that don’t pan out will make you a better and smarter entrepreneur in the long run. Think ahead to your retirement. Are you going to look back at your working life, where you gave your blood, sweat and tears to someone else’s business, and wish you had taken the chance to work for yourself?
“I don’t know how to run a business.”
You’re right, none of us did at the beginning – but you learn fast. Think back about every boss you’ve ever had. How many times have you said to yourself “My boss is an idiot, if I were in charge I would…”. See, you do know some of what it takes to own your own business! The rest you can learn along the way. Talk to other business owners, read books, take a class – the know-how is out there if you are willing to find it. It is also a good idea to buy a business in an industry where you’ve already worked. That practical experience will serve you well.
The message here is if you’ve always wanted to own your own business, there is no such thing as an obstacle (or excuse) that you can’t overcome with some hard work and perseverance. Take the entrepreneurial leap, and you can soon be well on your way to business ownership.
Are you thinking about buying a business, but you’re not sure you have enough funds? Are you curious about what would be available? Ask us! Please feel free to leave us a comment or question here, and we would be happy to help you on your journey to entrepreneurship.
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