1. Love What You Do
It's a good idea to select an area which you already have an interest in, for a number of reasons. You already have some knowledge and expertise in this area which is invaluable and you won't necessarily be starting from scratch. If you chose an area which is already of interest to you it won't necessarily feel like work, especially when the going gets tough. No matter which area you chose you will undoubtedly have rough patches, when this happens you are much more likely to persevere because you have an attachment, a vested interest and a passion. If you have no interest you'll be much more likely to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble.
2. Prepare a Business Plan
A business plan is not just something which you need to prepare to show to banks for a loan or to investors. A business plan is necessary and useful as it also serves as a guide to operate by. It's a great way to set goals, measure progress and achievements and keeps you on track with spending. Keep yourself organized and create a folder on your computer where keep your business plan and other relevant documents that you'll be using regularly, such as an invoice template or your sales documents.
3. Set Realistic Expectations
Don't expect miracles over night. Searching the internet you'll find thousands of people claiming to have generated millions over night with one scam or another. Genuine business ventures take time, care and persistent. There is no such thing as easy money or money for nothing, cliche but true, if it were that easy everyone would be doing it. Know that there will be obstacles and difficulties to overcome from the start.
4. Just Do It
The best way to gain knowledge and learn, is by doing. You can read all the books, take all the courses, study and research for years but until you take that first step you'll never actually know. It's like learning to drive, you have an instructor by your side in every single lesson with their safety pedals as a back up. You learn all the technicalities of driving but the real learning only starts when you venture out onto the road by yourself. Nothing and no one can prepare you for every eventuality. Research and educate yourself in your chosen field by all means but there will never be a right time to jump in. Even if you take a very small step into your venture, the sooner you get started the sooner you'll be on your way.
5. Ask yourself Why
Work out why you want to go into business for yourself. You need to have a good list of all the why's before you get started. This exercise can also be used as your goal indicator. If you're looking to have more time for yourself for instance, your business venture could take up to a year if not more before …