It is fine to be afraid to leave your comfort zone. You might be beginning to contemplate doing that, but it is just a thought for now. Starting a business is probably one of the best examples of venturing into the unknown. I know you are just looking for that push. Are 47 reasons for starting a business today enough get you going?
Although the list is numbered, the list items are not by any means listed by significance or importance.
1. Follow Your Dreams
You have a business idea. It matures over time in your mind. The more you think of it, the more you like it. Trying to make that business idea a reality means that you are no longer dreaming – you are following your dreams!
2. Create Something
Each one of us has a unique trait of talents and skills. Our minds work in totally different ways – in a good way. By using what we know best, we can create a something that will count forever.
The idea is not to live forever. It is to create something that will. – Andy Warhol
3. Do What You Want
What is harder than doing something that you do not want to do?
– Trying to suppress your desires to do what you really want.
The modern lifestyle is full of boundaries, even though we are more free than ever. But our boundaries come from the materialistic nature of our society. Everything runs on so called “norms”. It is a sin to not follow them.
On the other hand, our mind knows no boundaries. Thus our desires hold no boundaries too. Starting a business today means you not only fight your business competition, but the societal norms as well. Just remember – you are going to be happier!
4. Define Reality
Reality includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist
If you are reading this far, it means you are not satisfied with what existed and exists. Do you really need a better reason to start a business than to create something that will exists?
5. Face Your Fears
Fear is a fine thing – it protects us physically and mentally. It is also a key factor to starting a business today. Creating a venture for the first time is far more than a scary thing. It is associated with fears that we are not even aware of. And that is a good thing. The more fears you face, and eventually overcome, the tougher a person you become.
6. You Are Missing Opportunities
Usually we first think of solutions to our personal problems. It is awesome to solve something that is a pain in the neck for use. Our life is suddenly more fun. Then we say:
– How many others have the same problem?
Lack of confidence and personal motivation tends to stop the thinking process here. But a little effort into research is nothing to be shy of. Just imagine what opportunities you might be missing by not gathering info? What if your solution is the most superior out there?
7. Someone Else Will Do It, Eventually
In context to the previous reason, there is also a high probability that someone else has had the same problem. He/she might do something about it in the future, or maybe not. By not acting, you are letting time make that problem an even bigger pain in the neck. And the bigger the pain, the bigger the need to be solved.
8. Achieve Monetary Independence
Are you going to wait for someone else to see your potentials? Give you that promotion you feel you earned? Or take action now, make your business idea a reality and never wait for anyone?
The hardest, but most rewarding way to achieve monetary independence is to start a business. I say the hardest, because it requires an extreme unconditional effort before you are going to see any rewards. This is a risk that most people are afraid of. Leaving the comfort zone to try something that might fail. People are really afraid of being broke. It is not only a matter of physical needs, but an ego-shattering experience that is only effected by our materialistic society.
By taking your destiny into your own hands, your existence on the line, you will not get any better motivation. Remember that great rewards require the greatest risks.
People make the world “spin”. The more people you get to know the better your access to information. Starting a business means meeting people from a wide range of backgrounds. They could be your new friends, new partners, new employees or new competitors. Each brings a personal opinion to the issue at hand. Their inputs could be valuable for the development of the new business.
The guide to help you along the way.
10. Be Able To Sell Something
New entrepreneurs often forget that a business at the end of the day exists to make money. It is very true that its purpose is to satisfy a need to a large enough market, willing to buy the solution. And it is even better to not set money as a direct goal. But if a business does not make money, it will seize to exists.
One of the best fillings for anyone wanting to start a business is to have your idea be accepted. It achieves that only by trying to sell. That feeling also works wonders for your confidence. You have created something that customers want to and have bought.
11. Increase Your Confidence
Surprisingly we are not aware of how our confidence level is low. When was the last time you confronted you boss? Or when was the last time you stood for something that was the right thing? I can assume not in recent time.
Our society trains us to be obedient. We listen to the elders, do the tasks, do not question reality and live a boring life. But starting a business means fighting all that head on.
At first most want you to fail – so they will be right.
You live a life full of sacrifices all for your vision. Looking back on what you have done is a major personal boost. How many of the people you know have stood for something they believed in? Went all in against all odds? Lived a happy life even if they failed?
12. Improve Your Personal Brand
Starting a business has many secondary positive effects. When you create something that is successful, you become the its successful image. You become known in your community as a person that has done something amazing. The community will start to look up to you as a leader, will ask for opinion and help. This is your chance to show what you stand for.
13. Help Someone By Solving A Problem
A business’s sole purpose is to do something that improves the life of a certain market. You will get to create a product that will make people happier by solving a problem that is giving them headaches. There is nothing better for an entrepreneur to create a solution that people are happy to use, but also share their happiness. That is a real reason to start a business!
14. Take On A Responsibility
Staring a business is a combination of many responsibilities. As it grows bigger, you become responsible for not only satisfying the needs of the customers but making sure the business is running smoothly. Employees rely on your actions to provide them salaries they can take home to their families. Partners and vendors expect to be fully compensated too. But probably the biggest responsibility you have is the one towards yourself – you are responsible to make your business work because of all the sweat, tears and passion that has gone into it.
15. Create Jobs For Those Who Can Not
You have an obligation to do something today. You are thinking of reasons to start a business and a business cannot exist without its employees. If your business grows, so will the need for colleagues. You have the power to create something that will take care of other people’s needs at home. They will get to do what they want, do it in a pleasant atmosphere and be rewarded for their efforts.
16. Fight Challenges Everyday
Starting a business is nowhere close to boring. Daily challenges always come up. They are things you have never even thought of or planned for. You will be challenged by your market, competition and even by your employees. Working under pressure and creative problem solving will become something very normal.
17. Give Back to the Community
A business is only as goods as the environment it operates in. Are you a person who is looking for ways to improve your society? Building an enterprise will provide you with the resources to do so.
18. Support Newcomers
Entrepreneurship is about sharing. Help others achieve their dreams too. Every entry into a new field is very hard. You need self motivation, knowledge, networking and energy to sustain the effort. The world needs newcomers because they bring new ideas. One should never see them as competition but as people with a genuine mission. Support them!
19. Create The Lifestyle You Want For Yourself
Not having the lifestyle you always wanted? Starting a business today provides the flexibility to make your own decisions. Take the initiative on life and strive towards your dreams.
20. Invest In yourself
Constant personal improvement must be a personal goal. One of the best ways to do so is by starting a business you have always wanted. When passion has a saying in your actions, you will want to have the best possible knowledge and skills to make your business work. So investing in yourself is not only an excellent reason to start a business today, but an excellent reason to be a better person.
21. Make A Lot More Money
Basically, starting your own business will mean that all the finances will be yours to manage. All the gains will be yours to manage as well. Remember that running a business requires a lot more effort when compared to being an employee. It is only natural to ask for greater rewards too. Just have in mind not to jeopardize the healthy operations of your new company by fulfilling your personal wishes.
22. You Set The Deadlines
Running your own business also means you will set the deadlines. We have all been in a position where some deadlines set by others cannot be completed under the circumstances. We were unhappy and anxious. Now you will have the chance to properly manage the resources and delivery dates, making sure stuff gets done, but your colleagues are happy along the way.
23. Be A Leader
Do you want to be able to influence others? Have you found a reason why people might follow you? Creating a business today will set you on a path to leadership. You will be doing a change, guiding your colleagues and making your clients happy. By building your reputation, you will be building your leadership.
24. Give To Those In Need
Inequality has become a major component of modern societies. Finances are limited, especially for some specific groups of people. By starting a business today, you will also get to help those in need. You will provide free services, create jobs and brighten up their future.
25. Find Colleagues That Are Passionate About Things You Are Not
We all have different characteristics. We like different things. This is a good thing. How often have you been asked to do stuff you have no passion about? It is fine to be helpful when needed, but often wrong management practices leave us unhappy at our workplace. We are misunderstood and given daily tasks we absolutely hate.
Creating your own business will mean that you can always search for colleagues to do the stuff you are not passionate about. But you will also not make the same mistake – make sure they like what they are doing.
25. Flexible Working Time
You are your own boss. You set the working time, tasks and deadlines. But flexible working hours can also create negative effects. Do not get carried away without regard for the your colleagues and company’s needs. Maintain strong personal discipline despite having flexibility in your operations.
26. Make Your Society Better
You have an idea to make something better? Is your solution going to kill one more headache in our lives? After all, being part of your society gives you the responsibility to act if you can.
27. Gain New Skills
Reaching success requires gaining many new skills. Some are to your liking, some are not. Nevertheless they will help you reach your goals. If you are a person that wants to explore new subjects daily, that starting a business is one of the best things you can do.
28. Take Care Of Your Body And Mind
The body achieves what the mind believes. – Unknown
The tremendous energy that is used in the beginning phases of a business are somewhat comparable to a superhuman effort. Most importantly, taking care of the physical condition of your body will lead to a healthy mind.
Further Reading: “Physical exercise for brain health”
29. Learn Something New Every Day
Learning is not only related to gaining skills and knowledge in the professional field you are in. You meet new people, learn about personal characteristics, learn to communicate, implement psychology to improve the outcomes. You experience new cultures, spend time among different social circles. In other words, learning new things everyday means you are going to become an even more open and tolerant person.
30. Learn To Manage Finances
Starting a business today will teach you everything about managing finances. It does not matter if you are good with numbers or not, learning to work with money is a skill that every business teaches you on. The same principles can also be used in your personal life.
31. It Is Never Boring
Each new day presents something new. Whether it is a problem, a prospect or a new unexpected lead, running a business is never boring. It sometimes gets very intense but be sure you will be challenged every day.
32. Start In A Totally New Profession
Some professions have very significant barriers to entry. They require climbing the ladder slowly, taking up various entry level positions and hoping for the best. You would need very good networking too.
There is also another way – starting a business! It is the hardest but the most rewarding. Have you always had a dream to try something or try a new career? Why not start a business in that related profession? It will be a tough path anyhow but at least you will create something for yourself and learn even more.
33. Help Develop Others
Entrepreneurs have the ability to look into other people’s best, even if they themselves do not. They can spot the best working preferences, their passions and ideas. Starting a business means you will have the chance to give others the best opportunities to achieve the most. Your motivation will come from their success.
34. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Getting out of your comfort zone is the first thing an aspiring entrepreneur has to do. The feeling of being constantly under the burden of social norms and stereotypes can prove a lot to bare with. It sucks your energy away. It makes you less responsive to the environment. It makes you passive. Taking the first little step out of the bubble will make the world show its purpose again.
35. Shut Everyone Who Has Ever Questioned You
Entrepreneurship is a very lonely road. We are lucky if we find a partner who understands us. What hurts the most is the negativity of the people around you. They want to see you fail. They will be happy when you do, because they were right. This reason should not be a starting point, but should be a motivation for persistence. Show everyone what you are made of.
36. Become A Mentor
There is no better feeling than helping someone else reach your success levels and even pass you. Now you might be thinking that these words are stupid, but by remembering your early days into entrepreneurship, become the mentor you have always wanted and needed.
37. Be An Inspiration
Become the person new entrepreneurs look up to. Inspire them to build their dreams, use your tricks and learn from your mistakes. Become the entrepreneur that would inspire you.
38. Create The Organizational Structure You Feel Is Right
The organizational structure of any company is as unique as the company itself. It is its bloodline. It depicts how decisions are made, roles are played, communication is conducted. Working a regular job means fighting an organizational structure that might be faulty. Its issues create demotivation.
By starting a business today you have a chance to create the organizational structure you feel is right. Do not make the same mistakes your previous managers did.
39. No More Working Days
I see the term “working day” as any day we work to make the dreams of someone else. We excange our time for money and other benefits. So our income is limited to the amount of time at our disposal. Starting a business today will spell the end of the “working day” as you know it. No day will ever mean only work, but will have a higher purpose. You are making your dreams come true and being happy in the whole process.
40. Do CSR
Corporate social responsibility means incorporating all the legal, social and ethical standards into your business model. It is not only about providing value for you and the investors, but also taking care of the ecosystem. Just as your business will rely on the environment it operates in, so will the environment rely on your operations.
41. Be The Boss You Wanted To Have
A boss’s job is quite unique. Managing people is considered to be very demanding, both in knowledge and personal skills. Often the managers misconduct operations that leave unsatisfied employees. Their disregard for personal traits and beliefs can lead to unhappy workers. Start a business today to become the boss you wanted to have. Take care of your employees by satisfying their human needs first.
42. Create A Legacy
Our lifetime is limited. It is the only limited thing today. Naturally, humans want to have a life purpose. Each chooses it individually but is goes in line with their believes. A legacy will insure that your achievements will be handed down in the generations to come.
43. Get More Creative
A way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective that suggests unorthodox solutions (which may look unsettling at first) – Business Dictionary
When an entrepreneur approaches a problem, it is based on creative thinking. The mind works in mysterious ways when a problem pops up. Starting a business today immediately boosts your creative potentials. Creativity will help you deal with all the unplanned issues.
44. Surround Yourself With The Colleagues You Always Wanted
We rarely choose the people we work with. Yet they become a vital part of our life. We share more than one third of our days in their company. Conflict might sometimes come between us and our colleagues. It may make us dislike our job. By starting a business you will have the rare chance to choose the people you share the working day with.
45. One Business Leads To A Next One
Entrepreneurship is addictive. Once you feel the power to make things happen, you will never go back. All your skills are continually improving with experience. It becomes easier to spot new opportunities and approach them effectively. The first venture is the hardest. Then it becomes natural.
46. Never Ever Live A Boring Life
What is the purpose of our life if we are unhappy. Boundaries are all around, constraining our thinking and feeling. Starting a business will make you enter a dynamic world, where no same day will ever exist. Sometimes it will feel too dynamic, but just remind yourself of the life before entrepreneurship.
47. No More Monday Fever
The hype that exists around Monday, I feel, was created by people who do not like their job. Going back to work after a nice weekend can only be a bad thing if you are not happy with your career. Pursuing your dreams will eliminate the “Monday Fever”. As a matter of fact, the workweek will take a new form all together.