Starting a business can be a daunting task. Confronted with uncertainty and fear, many would be entrepreneurs won’t even take the first step. They allow the fear of failure, the fear of the unknown, or even the fear of success to paralyze them from converting their dreams into reality.
Until now, I have shared my startup experience. In retrospect, getting started was easy. Sticking with it has been much harder and in the coming weeks, I will share that story.
For now, though, I want to reflect upon the lessons I learned in starting my business. For that, I will turn to the Bible.
Mentorship is critical
“Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.” Proverbs 15:22 NKJV
Getting started would have been a lot harder if I didn’t have people in my life with whom I shared my ideas.
Don’t skip this step.
Gather a group of believers and be vulnerable. Share your ideas and listen to their feedback and advice. Business is not done in a vacuum. Business is about people. Relationships. Start with the ones you already have and build up from there.
My mentors during the startup phase included:
- My pastor
- My roommates
- My workout partner
- A business owner in my church
- The forum of scoopers on pooper-scooper.com
Without these people, I doubt I would have ever had the courage to get started.
Take your time
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 NKJV
It seems like everybody is interested in some sort of “get rich quick” scheme. They rush into things without their due diligence and the results can be disastrous.
It is easy to want to rush things along. As entrepreneurs, we are driven. We want to do whatever it takes to succeed at what we do. But that can also be our downfall.
I was so excited about discovering the dog waste removal service industry that I started to hear a little voice say, “You gotta do this now before someone beats you to it.”
What terrible advice! Just because you are first to market doesn’t mean you will make the most money or that you are the best there is.
Take your time. Get informed and be intentional about the process and you can succeed.
Believe in you
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”” Mark 9:23 NKJV
It is easy to believe in someone else. Believing in yourself, that’s a little harder because you have lived with yourself. You have witnessed all of your failures, you have lived with your doubts. All of the setbacks you’ve experienced have extinguished your hope and belief in you.
Maybe not you. But I have had to face the negative self-talk.
The worst thing you can do in business is not believe in you, your service, or your business.
When you don’t believe, you’ll never get others to believe.
But when you believe, it gets easier to evangelize others to see how your business, product, or service can help them.
These are just a few lessons I learned while starting PetCorps. What lessons have you learned in starting your business?
Next week, I will pick up my story right after I started cleaning my first four customers.