One thing I don’t want to do with my book is make people think starting up a new business is nothing but fun and exciting and success and money and freedom.
It is not.
There is a lot of work.
Take for example the person who starts up a dog walking business. While it can be a full-time business and an alternative to a real (ie, cubicle) job, it will take lots of WORK to be successful.
My position, though, is that if you are going to work hard, why not do it for yourself?
Anyway, here are two excellent reads for you:
Tim Ferriss, who I could read all day long: Always Be Closing: Y Combinator and The Art of the Pitch
Chad Etzel, who I learned about through Tim’s post: Startups Are Hard (this should be required reading… as well as the comments on the post, for anyone wanting to start a business).
I asked this question on LinkedIn and have over 20 responses. It’s a great question, and there are some amazing responses.
Click here to see the responses. It sounds like most people answering have taken the plunge, and are speaking from experience.
What is the scariest thing about starting (or thinking about starting) a business?
One of my favorite responses is from Patrick Stultz:
“How do I get completely prepared? How do I know this is for me? Follow the great Clark Howards advice. If you want to open a Subway – become a manager at a subway first. Do you want to open a consulting business? Work for a company in that field. Think of it as a career test and on the job training.”
Great advice…. it’s all great advice. Go read the original question page, with the responses.
Check out this post: Trent Hamm’s 5 Strategies for Building The Simple Dollar
Within three years of starting, and strategically building his blog, Trent left his job and became an entrepreneur.
He is living one of the alternatives to a real job.
If you are interested in alternatives to a real job, you are interested in your money.
One of the best and funnest blogs to read is The Simple Dollar by Trent Hamm. This guy is a trip. He tries to figure out how to live with the least amount of money.
He’s not opposed to money, of course, but the key is to spend less than what you have.
The Simple Dollar helps you figure out how you to do that.
If you are on the path to “escaping the cubicle nation,” as Pam Slim would say, you should become a student of Trent Hamm. You might not like everything he suggests, but it’s a great start to thinking differently about the value of YOUR dollar.