3 Signs You Should Start A Business Today

Startup, Self-Employed, Business Owners

Lots of people are quite content to work for someone else.  To show up every day, put in their hours, collect their paycheque.  But many of us fall into one of two other buckets.  We either want to climb our way up that staggeringly tall corporate ladder of success, regardless of who owns the corporation, or we want to scratch and claw our way through those corporate walls to that mythical space beyond, where legend has it that it’s possible to be free, report to no one but yourself, and yet still make a sustainable living.

That last group?  Those are my people.  Those are the ones who are just aching to make a break for it.  If you’re not immediately sure whether you fall into that group, pay attention to the subtle cues around you.  More importantly, pay attention to the subtle cues within you.  Here’s my take on at least 3 character flaws that can help you be a successful business owner.

3 Signs You’re Ready to Start a Business

1. You challenge authority. Business owners challenge the status quo.

Look around you.  Listen.

Count how many times in the run of a day your colleagues say yes to things they should say no to.

Or simply remain silent rather than take the terrifying risk of walking out on that limb of being the only one to dissent.

To have a different opinion.

A unique opinion.

But it’s not enough just to *think* outside of the box, you also have to live there.  Do you constantly raise questions in an attempt to find real meaning in your work?  Are you always inventing a way to work around the rules, because you know you can get it done faster, better, or simpler?  Rules have a purpose, I know this.  But many organizations follow an unfortunate inversely proportionate application of invoking rules that make sense versus rules that ensure dominance and control.  Most organizational rules serve the organization.  Some of us want better answers than that.

Thinking of every angle, examining every perspective, seeing patterns and connections that others don’t helps you to persevere through the ups and downs of running a business.

2. When you want it done right, you do it yourself.  Business owners can rely on themselves.

If this is you, it’s both a blessing and a curse.  It’s impossible to survive long-term in any organization trying to take on all of its problems by yourself.  You need to trust your team, and you need to delegate.  But this type of passion stems from deeper within than any simple control issues.

It’s not that you believe other people can’t get the job done, it’s just that you know that you can get it doe and you can get it done NOW.  Why wait?  Why hesitate?

Patience is a work-in-progress to you.

You know that you can accomplish your goals, and you dive in and get it done.  The constant need to achieve and move forward, and the confidence to know that you can, gives you the drive and commitment you need to keep on going when the going gets tough.  This is an essential ingredient for anyone who thinks that may be ready to start a business.

3.  You get bored (really bored) really easily.  Business owners embrace change.

You change plans as frequently as you make plans.

You constantly have ideas and see opportunities everywhere, and it’s not enough to just dream about it, you actually wnat to go out and try it.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working for yourself is that every day is unique.

New challenges, new opportunities, new customers, new readers, changes in direction, zigging, zagging, and everything in between.

You never know what can happen.  And you like it that way.

And who decides how to act, react, hustle, slow down, and respond to all of these events?  You.  Just you.

If any of this resonates, then I just have one last question…what are you waiting for?


How To Know You Will Succeed

Anyone who has ever thought about striking out on their own has asked themselves this very question.  What they really mean, what’s really lurking in the dark corners of their minds is another question altogether.  Something far more insidious, the type of thinking that keeps you awake at night and can bring on a cold sweat in the middle of a summer heat wave.

What. If. I. Fail.

Stepping into the unknown is both exhilarating and scary.  The thrill-seekers out there would be happy to know that it’s a feeling that never goes away, whether you’ve been running your own business for ten months or ten years.

While I can’t answer the first question, I have far too much experience with the second.  Starting your own business, and failing, is horrible.  Terrifying, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and humiliating.

No one can give you a 100% guarantee that you will be successful, and if they do, they’re lying to you to take your money.  But don’t underestimate the power of gut instinct.  Are you committed?  Willing to put in the time?  Make sacrifices?  That puts you at the front of the crowd.

I’ve heard and read so often this one simple phrase: believe in yourself. The key to success according to a whole lot of advice out there is to just believe in yourself. In my experience? That’s nothing but fairytale comfort. The trick isn’t to believe in yourself, it’s to KNOW yourself.

Will You Succeed?

Do you value flexibility over predictability?  Are you willing to always give an extra 10%?  Do you love your idea or what you do enough to bet on yourself?  Are you ready to not just dream about what your future could be, but to make a plan and then take action?  Do you follow through?  Are you always waiting for the perfect moment (more money, more time, less risk) or are you willing to manage through whatever realities life presents to you on any given day?  You may not be able to guarantee success, but with some thoughtful and honest introspection, you should have that gut instinct that tells you that what you want to do is achievable.   And while failure is always a very real risk, it’s also bearable.  Survivable, educational, enlightening, and redeeming.

So, what if you fail?  The more important question is, what if you don’t?


Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.

~ William Durant