Oh My Goodness. You have an idea for a business that you know will work.  That is so exciting. I can see you jumping up and down telling everyone about it.

 

STOP.

 

Yes, I said STOP. Take a deep breath. Now another. One last one.

 

Now doesn’t that feel better?

 

It is really exciting coming up with a business idea that you know will work.  I get it. I have been there. Now isn’t the time to go off and start. You need to think things through. It is time for a level head as there are a few things to think about before you start turning your idea into a business.

 

Let’s look at a few that can help you on starting your journey as a businesswoman.

 

Do you have what it takes to run a business?

I know that this sounds a bit cruel and yet not everyone is suited to run a business.  Jot down all of your Strengths, Weaknesses, and Skills on a piece of paper.

Now research the qualities and skills that are needed to run a business. Which ones match? Which ones don’t? Do you have the skills or can you learn them? Do you want to learn the skills? Do you have a healthy mindset so that on days where things don’t go well you can lift yourself up and keep going?

 

Do you have the money for 1:1 or Group Coaching?

When you have the money a business coach is a must. I so wish that when I first started a business that I hired a business coach because I would be a lot further along than I am or that could be wishful thinking as maybe I was meant to take my time.  A business coach is an asset to you and your business. There are many reasons why including they already have a business and can guide you in your business making decisions that are right for you.

 

Do you know these words?

Niche, Avatar Interviews, Ideal Clients, Unique Signature Program, Webinars, Newsletters, Email Sequences and Client Onboarding. If you don’t know what these words mean research is needed as these are part of being in business.

Do you have a support network around you?

Having a support network made up of people that are not family and friends (although they may very well become friends) who can support you, advise you and lift you up when you are feeling down is paramount to being successful in business.

 

Many family and friends may discourage you from thinking that you are doing the wrong thing by being in business although they won’t see it as discouragement. Don’t seek advice from your family and friends. Get expert advice from a coach in your field of expertise. 

 

These are just a couple of the most important parts to knowing whether you can continue on this path. As I said at the start not everyone is suited to running a business and it pays to know right from the start whether this is you or not.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I love my business and will never go back to nursing. My clients are my reason for getting up each day. I know that I am suited to running a business and even on days that go wrong I have my go-to list to help lift my mood. If this is what you want go for it and don’t let anyone stop you.