Business ownership. Own my own business. Start a business. Be my own boss. However you say it, being a business owner is a dream that many people have. According to a recent survey conducted by Refresh Leadership, 52% of their readers want to own a business of their own. This is an overwhelming number of people holding onto that dream.
Personally, I had that goal since I was a teen but didn’t act on it until I was in my mid-50′s. How unfortunate that I waited so long. A couple reasons I didn’t pursue it is that I let life take me for a ride, instead of me taking control. I got married and had children. I used that as an excuse not to step up and focus on my goal. Other “comfort” excuses included that I had too many other expenses, kids would be going to college, kids were in college, etc. The same is evident in the Refresh Leadership survey, where 10% said they don’t own a business because it is not financially feasible.
Pursuing the dream of business ownership
I finally did pursue the almost 40-year-old dream, and took action. It was tough, but well worth the effort. There were more questions than answers, more uncertainties and feelings of confidence, more downs and ups … trust me! I wish I had someone to help guide me, someone to share their knowledge when I was a novice business owner. In fact, the exact quote from the survey’s 52% sums it up nicely: “I’d like to start my own business, but I don’t know where to start.”
They are going through the same issue I went through, which is what encouraged me to create Nationwide Inventory Professionals. This Business Package and Licensing Agreement to help others start a business. The home inventory industry is growing, and is now being called “asset inventory” quite often because business owners, renters, and even RV owners are learning of – and acting on – the need to have a list of all their personal assets (belongings).
The backbone of a healthy economy
Refresh Leadership’s article stated, “Small businesses are the backbone of a healthy economy, so it’s a good sign that such a large majority of respondents are interested in starting their own business.” I completely agree, and am pleased to be in a position to mentor those interested in our industry while we help them begin quickly and professionally.