Now that the new year is firmly on its way the resolutions we made a week ago have started to be tested. This can be particularly true if those resolutions are those we’ve made year after year and failed to keep.
If one of those resolutions was to start your own business, you’re in good company, as 25% of the U.S. population is interested in becoming entrepreneurs.
The top ten reasons I hear when I ask someone why he or she wants to start a business are:
- My current profession doesn’t pay enough.
- My current job prevents me from spending enough time with my family.
- I plan to work after retirement.
- I don’t have enough saved to retire.
- I’ve always wanted to start my own business.
- I’ve always wanted to (fill in the blank) __________.
- I want to be in the driver’s seat and in control of my destiny.
- I hate my job.
- I’m unemployed.
- I have children, or parents, or a spouse who need me to care for them.
Whatever YOUR reason, the why needs to be important enough to you to cause you to take action.
Is this the year that you’ll finally take that step?
Leah Ward-Lee is a management consultant based in Fernandina Beach, FL and Dallas, Texas and the author of $1,000 Start-Ups.