How do I Start a Small Business
Today I did something truly terrifying and took the very first step toward my dream. Why is this terrifying? I have almost no idea what I am doing. My only assets are my determination (some might say stubbornness) and my utter confidence that I can learn.
At this point, you may be asking what my dream is. If you are, I know you have not yet read my profile. My dream is to open up a video game store.
To quote myself: "I believe anything is possible with enough will to make it happen".
Right now, I can clearly see where I'm at and where I want to be. It's the long and dark road to get there that I need help with. I checked out the website of the local Chamber of Commerce to get the address and find out a bit more information before I drove down there. I was pleased to discover a separate Small Business center just for women.
Some of the services the Women's Business Center of North Alabama (WBCNA) provides are:
- Start-up Assistance
- Business Coaching and Training
- Access to Financing
- Networking Opportunities with a Ready-made Network of Contacts
I thought briefly of simply calling the number listed to find assistance but decided that I must see for myself.
Some Links to Start With
Doubts and Fears
While I drove down there I knew that these few minutes would be the last opportunity I would allow myself to consider turning back. With that thought, all my doubts rolled in.
I have no idea what I'm doing. I only have a high school education, no business degree. Why do I think I can do this? I may have 10 years of management experience but I've always had a boss to lean on. I have only helped run a business while other people make the true decisions. Maybe I should stay where I'm at, get promoted. I have a decent, steady paycheck now that could only get better. This would be the safer, easier choice.
I almost turn back.
I asked myself a very important question and my decision came with the answer.
So far the only progress made toward my dream is an appointment with a Business Coach on August 30th. She will help me every step of the way from constructing a successful business plan to choosing a location.
This is my declaration of my goal and also serves as an introduction to more hubs on my progress in the hopes that it might help anyone else that wants to start a small business but have no idea where to start.
Ask yourself this question:
Do I trust in my will and ability to succeed, or not?
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