It’s perfectly natural to be a bit nervous when you’re planning on starting your own business. You worry you might fail or lose money or that your life could be upended with the time and effort you anticipate will be necessary to be successful.

But you can put a great number of those fears to rest just by being prepared and knowing what to expect. Have some faith in yourself and what you have to offer, and know that there are people and resources ready to help you succeed. Here are some tips from the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce to help you become the professional leader you wish to be.


Educate Yourself

The fear of the unknown is common to everyone no matter the circumstances, so get yourself as informed as you can about what you need to know, what you need to do, and what you can expect. Take time to learn as much as you can about your industry.

Perform market research for your start-up to learn about your competitors, your business market, and where and how to find your customers. This can be in the form of government statistics, industry reports, and data from market research firms. You can also do your own research using your social media platforms. Design the questions you want to ask ahead of time, like interest in your product or service, price points, and what they’d like to see in the product or service that they aren’t currently getting from your competitors.

Next, it’s time to actually start marketing! Getting the word out via social media is an obvious necessity, but you should also make business cards to hand out to potential clients and customers. If you aren’t sure where to start, this may help by providing plenty of time-tested templates that you can use for free.


Plan and Prepare

Writing a comprehensive business plan is critical to mapping out just how you’ll go forward with your start-up business. A business plan is a roadmap that will help you clarify your vision for your business. By defining your goals on paper, you can more easily see how to get where you want to go. You can find templates online that can walk you through the process. Your business plan will also keep you on track and organized and help you identify any risks or roadblocks early so you can avoid them before they can cause trouble.


Financial Concerns 

Finding ways to fund your business can take some of the pressure off your concerns about losing your own personal assets. Your business plan is key to getting funding, since banks and investors will look at that to determine the viability of your business.

Another way to alleviate concerns you have about putting your personal finances in jeopardy is to structure your business as an LLC. This form of business structure shields your personal assets like your savings, car, and home from any potential business losses or litigations. You can easily set it up yourself with a business formation service.


Find Support

Consider hiring a business coach or mentor to help you navigate your way through the challenges of starting your own business. This can also be in the form of a financial advisor or an attorney to help with the financial and legal aspects of your start-up.

There are online communities for business owners in general as well as for the specific industry you’re pursuing. Social media is another great way to reach out. LinkedIn is an excellent place to find other business owners, mentors, and professionals who you can reach out to for support.

Remember, starting a business isn’t easy, and feeling nervous or even afraid is perfectly natural. However, with the right mindset and a good strategy, like a smart business plan, marketing research, the right business structure, and support, you can overcome those fears and look forward to running your business successfully.


Our goal at the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce is to make Kaufman shine as one of Dallas’s most entrepreneurially successful suburbs. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help your business thrive.

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