Reasons why NOW is the best time for Startups
After working for several companies, some notorious for work-overload and next to impossible deadlines, I have considered coming up with start-ups. Reading what Steve Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” I was never more convinced in my entire life.
The sense of being on your own is both exhilarating and scary. The thrill of adventure and the horror of thinking that it may not work out sends chills down to the bones. But it is a good chill to begin with.
Start-ups take much time and effort. Beyond the chills and the daydreaming is reality. Real time is involved. Real cash is involved. Your career is at stake and the validity of your decision is in question.
With almost about anything, learning is the key tool. Learning beyond the four corners of a university is necessary. Leap out of the margins of your course outlines and spend some time in the real world.
Reading books is the place to start when it comes to learning. Invest in books that show you reality. Some of the great start-up founders have written about their experiences.
Of course, the next thing you’ll need is to surround yourself with real-life mentors. Make an effort and intentionally connect with those who have been battered by the real world and has succeeded. Good mentors will point out the strengths and the weaknesses in your plans. You will avoid unnecessary detours and most probably discover some little shortcuts along the way.
Mentors connect you to some of the valuable people you need for your start-up, too. Whether as a part of your team or another guiding light, you will definitely meet people you need.
Besides those who have gone ahead, you will also need to connect to those who are on the same path. Being with those on the same bandwagon as you are opens a window to look at, a perspective you may miss once you start directing things on your own.
Once you have enough knowledge and the right company of people, it is time to actually begin with your business. Upon reading and researching about how other start-ups have begun, as well as hearing your mentors and colleagues how they started on their own, you already have an idea how to begin with your start-up.
Come up with your own way of doing business. You have to build your own system and connect the pipelines to get things start flowing. Always make your goal the center of your plan. Therefore, it is necessary to phrase your goals articulately and plan them carefully.
Critics will soon come and swarm their way towards your business. Remember that, whatever their intentions are, critics see what they see. You’d better take their words objectively.
The next thing you will need is a nest to put your eggs on. You need a workplace where you can work. Ideas come and go. You need a place where you can think which ideas to keep and which ones to discard.
If you have started hiring employees, keep a healthy relationship and a rich work atmosphere. Establish the work ethics you wish to implement and the work culture you want developed. It is best to practice early on, what you want valued in the future.
Start early on. Brace yourself and be brave. With the right direction and cohesive plan, there is never a time better that to set yourself out there than now.