When you think about the responsibility of owning your own business, think about the dedication and commitment it would take to foster a child. They say that the first couple months of a human’s life are some of the most critical months; which when you think about it makes since. Doesn’t it? Without nurture and care, attention and affection, a child would never survive in this tough world. Likewise, the first couple months of your business are going to be some of the most critical. When your business is born you are excited, you can’t wait to tell people about your little creation and the anticipation of ‘raising’ your business can be extremely exciting…you ask yourself questions: what should we name it? what should the colors be? Am I really ready to be a parent…i mean business owner? Sometimes the best way to learn how to best foster a business is to ‘jump-in’ and take action…after all some businesses are even unplanned aren’t they? You can’t expect for your company to be born one day and the next look at it and say “Ah, what a fine business this has grown to be…” No, instead you must expect that you are in for the long-run, that it’s going to require some investment: time, energy, focus and dedication.
If you sow into your company it will produce, but if you neglect it and ‘put it off til later’ it is sure to wilt and die. You need to expect good years and bad years, memories and misery. The success of your business will be a testimonial to your responsibility & dedication as an owner and there is always, always room to grow and improve. If you’re not willing to take responsibility and commit yourself to your company, then maybe the timing isn’t right. Needless to say, when you do decide to be a business owner, give it all you got, put it on the line, make sacrifices and treat it as your own; because one day you’ll look back and say “look at what it’s become today…it was all worth it!”