Many Entrepreneurs Fail Before Taking the First Step Towards Business Ownership

An overwhelming number of entrepreneurs begin their business endeavors with nothing more than a good idea. However, there is much more to establishing and operating a successful company and it should start with a plan. I have encountered several future business owners who do indeed have a stellar idea but lack the time, focus, fearlessness, or planning required to take a company from the start-up phase to a point of success beyond stagnancy. Starting and growing a successful business demands patience, tenacity, and resilience to deal with day-to-day operations that will inevitably be laced with setbacks and failures. It is the accomplished business owners and managers who plan for these dilemmas and the expenses associated with them in a professionally written business plan created during the early stages of company development. An admirable idea is indeed necessary in the creation of a unique and distinct company, but there comes a point when that idea must be converted into well-defined action that takes into account the pros and cons of daily ventures.

The number one characteristic all entrepreneurs should possess is undying fearlessness. As an owner there will be times when you desire certain attributes for your company. It is solely the responsibility of ownership and management to negotiate for these desires, and without the steadfastness required to acquire what you desire the possibility of accomplishing your goals is greatly reduced. Withdrawing when negotiations reach objectionable areas only decreases the eventuality of achieving success in that particular venture. Owners must be relentless when striving for the success of their companies. Every negotiation will not be easily overcome but all negotiations possess the potential for successful outcomes. The fear of success and what it entails hinders many business owners. Do not let the fear of achieving your predetermined goals be the setback that prevents your company from becoming what you envisioned when you dreamed of its existence.

In addition to bold and steadfast action related to daily endeavors of a business, entrepreneurs must be focused on driving their companies from start-up to prosperity in a predetermined length of time. Fearlessness and focus go hand in hand when it comes to advancing a company towards maximum profits, and if substantial earnings is not the dominating factor for a company it will be short-lived or forever stagnant. Time, effort and money is paramount in the attainment of wealth for any entrepreneur. Without accepting these aspects of business no company will succeed. Furthermore, a plan for success enables business owners with the reinforcement and concentration to help them remain committed in their quests for growth.

This is how a well written business plan enables entrepreneurs at the start of the business ownership journey. A well written plan not only provides a means of guidance as to how a company will reach its destiny, but it accommodates owners and managers with a sense of security in spite of hardships encountered along the way. Adversity will happen, but the projections set forth during the development of a business plan takes every pitfall of the company and its industry into consideration. Therefore, unforeseen circumstances will not catch company decision makers off guard. Instead management can make the necessary adjustments and remain on track to earn abundant revenues.

So, solicit the help of a professional Business Plan Writer during the start-up phase of business. It will set your company up for success before it is too late. If you already have an established company and would like to see it grow, a plan writer can assist you in accomplishing what you originally envisioned for your business. Many entrepreneurs fail before taking the first step towards business ownership. Don’t let the lack of a well written business plan be your downfall. The development of a business plan is the most important decision any owner with goals of launching and successfully operating a business can make. Make the right decision, hire me today to create for you a detailed, precise, and professional business plan that will position you ahead of your competition for years to come.

A.L. Demings

“Action is the foundational key to all success” ~Pablo Picasso~

Women Empowered Through Business Ownership

Helen Reddy said it best in the 70s: “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore…” The 70s may have had some bad clothes and disco music, but the 70s also opened the door for women, and in many ways, became the Decade of The Woman.

Women have become empowered over the last 30 to 40 years in wide variety of ways, but one of the biggest ways women have become empowered is through business ownership.

The statistics on woman-owned businesses are impressive and empowering enough on their own:

Women In Business:

  • As of 2008, there were 10.1 million firms owned by women. (Ownership is defined as owning 50% or more of a company.)
  • These businesses employ over 13 million people, and (as of 2008) had generated $1.9 trillion in sales.
  • Women-owned businesses make up over 40% of all privately held companies.
  • One in five companies reporting revenue in excess of $1 million is a woman-owned business.
  • 3% of businesses owned by women report revenue of $1 million or more.
  • According to score.org, 69% of women are more likely to seek business advice than their male counterparts. Only 47% of men will seek advice. (Does this really surprise anyone, give the whole “men won’t ask for directions” thing?!)
  • Women-owned business have been growing at twice the rate of all U.S. companies.

Women Of Color And Business Ownership:

  • Women of color owned 1.9 million businesses in 2008.
  • These businesses generate $165 billion in revenue annually, and employee 1.2 million people.
  • Between 2002 and 2008, women of color owned businesses grew more quickly than any other privately held companies.

Clearly, women are a very entrepreneurial group! Studies have long shown that women are capable multi-taskers, effective problem solvers, creative in approaches to many aspects of daily life, and are often the financial planners at home. These unique skills have lent themselves beautifully to the empowerment of women through business ownership.

Women often create successful businesses because they have identified a need through a specific set of circumstances. Women have created hair care products specifically due to the lack of products they want or need and can’t find. Mother’s Helpers and Home Fairies came about because women have long wished that “they had a wife.” Niche businesses developed for women by women are hugely successful simply because women identify with other women on a very specific level.

There are many opportunities in today’s market for an enterprising woman to develop her own business, big or small.

In an article by ask.org, these six start-up business ideas were marked as “Hot Markets For Small Businesses:”

  1. eBay drop-off sites
  2. Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing
  3. Performance Apparel
  4. Niche Health and Fitness
  5. Technology Security Consulting
  6. Service/Products For the Hispanic Market

However, the list for starting your own business is virtually endless. Take a look around you and see if there is a business need that can be filled.

Other ideas for women-owned businesses include:

  • Tutoring
  • Free-lance article writing for online business promotions
  • Gourmet Food production and sales (Think Mrs. Field’s cookies!)
  • Personalized Gift Basket Sales
  • Resume Writing
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Pet Sitters
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Online Affiliate Marketing
  • Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching

Many of these business ideas can be started with little working capital. Not all businesses take a large investment for start-up costs. Many of the ideas listed above can be done from home with no employees and no overhead costs such as rent, insurance, additional utilities, etc. And, many work-from-home businesses are entitled to a tax break because you are using your home as an office.

If starting your own business is appealing to you, or starting your own home-based business is an idea you’d like to turn into a reality, then pick a direction, research what you would need to get you started, and join the millions of other women who have been empowered through business ownership!

There really is something to that “I am woman, hear me roar,” song. Thanks, Helen Reddy!

Exploring Business Ownership – Maybe You’re a High Rolling Entrepreneur – Part 6 of 7

We’re wrapping up a series on evaluating whether the concept of business ownership is right for you. Most recently we’ve discussed how to assess your risk tolerance by analyzing the way you think. We’ve covered the 3 main ways to earn income, outlined the risks associated with employment and franchise ownership, and how each personality type typically thinks. If you didn’t identify with either of those, then maybe you’re an entrepreneur at heart.

Entrepreneurial Business Ownership

Entrepreneur think is:

How can I meet the needs of my customers by profitably solving the problems they have?

If you want to chart your own course, solve all your own problems, be captain of your own ship, be totally responsible for whatever success or failure comes, and chafe at the thought of working for someone else in return for less risk, then you probably have the entrepreneurial bug.

Risk Assessment

Being an independent business owner is a high risk proposition with a high probability of first time failure.

Why high risk? Because you will most likely pledge every asset, such as home equity, savings, 401(k), etc., that you have to finance startup or purchase of the business. If your venture fails, you may very well lose everything you’ve spent or offered as collateral. (This is also true for franchise owners.)

Why a high probability for failure? Because first time entrepreneurs have such a clear vision of what they want to do and how to do it; they think they know everything! I have several colleagues who generally refuse to work with first time entrepreneurs because (in their words) “they think they know more than I do and helpful suggestions that I make are either ignored or become implementation battles.” Truer words were never spoken.

If your risk temperament is right in line with the type of person I’m describing and you want to go forward, then how can you improve your chances of success? Buck the trend by getting lots of experienced advice and counsel from those who have gone before! Be willing to listen to those who have graduated from the school of hard knocks and learn from their mistakes to avoid making them all again yourself, because you simply don’t have either the time or the money to survive the experience of learning it all firsthand.

We’ll wrap up this series in part 7 by outlining why businesses generally succeed or fail, and I’ll suggest some more reading resources and offer some advice on how to navigate a path to success.