What it Really Takes to Start a Small Business
I was originally going to write about the nitty gritty technical details of getting a small business off the ground, but then I realized that those details have very little to do with what it really takes to start (and succeed at) a small business.
What it really takes is guts.
Sure, you need an idea, and if you want the business to be successful, it should be an idea that you’ve sold someone other than your mom and your spouse on.
You have to be willing to fail, to learn from your mistakes, and to get good advice — but not so much advice and information that you’re paralyzed.
You have to be willing to START, and then get out there, work long and hard, wear many hats, and say “I don’t know, but I’m going to do it anyway and I’ll figure it out as I go.”
Then you have to be willing to keep going through the down times, and to be able to tell the difference between a downtime that’s just about to turn the corner into success and a downtime that’s a sign to try something new.
So most of all, you need guts.