Starting a business is like having a baby – you are never truly ready. You can learn and plan all you want, but nothing prepares you for life as a mompreneur quite like on-the-job training.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about turning your hobby into a business or creating a ministry that will provide a much-needed service in your community. Or perhaps you are desperately seeking a way to quit your job so you can work from home. Or you may be exploring the option of publishing a book or starting a blog.
It all sounds very exciting. Daunting…but fascinating! So how do you know when it’s the right time to take that leap into the small business world? There’s no magic formula, but if you’re going through a discernment process, here are a few signs that might help!
Signs That It’s Time to Start a Small Business
- Thoughts of your business are keeping you up at night. You have a journal by your bedside and you are constantly documenting your ideas and plans. Your brain just seems to wander to the topic of your business idea whenever it is at rest. (Is that the Creator’s way of nourishing a seed he has planted in you?) If you’re an extrovert, you’re probably talking about your business to anyone who will listen!
- Something in your life has to change. You’re feeling desperate and you’ve eliminated all the other options. You are overwhelmed or unhappy in your current situation and you are feeling trapped by the status quo. It feels like you might crumble if you don’t make a change now. (Some people will tell you not to make a significant life change when you’re feeling this way but I think desperation can be a great motivator! And I think God puts us in difficult situations so that we can see the way out that he has prepared for us.)
- People believe in you. You may not believe in your own ability to succeed but the people who love you most are encouraging you to move forward. They believe in you and know that you have what it takes to succeed! And you’ve talked to people who have done what you are thinking of doing – and they have faith in you as well.
- You have a safety net. I don’t think you should give into the fear generated by statistics about how many small businesses fail, but I do believe in having a Plan B. That means you have a support system – people who can help you turn your dream into a reality. And you have a financial plan that protects you and your family if things don’t go the way you hope.
- You’re scared to take that next step. You have a healthy dose of fear to complement the enthusiasm for your new venture. Don’t let the fear hold you back – it’s just a sign that this is important and that you are fully invested, which means you are more likely to make it work. And remember, our God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-discipline!
So…are you ready to start your small business, blog, book or ministry? Come hang out with us in our Christian Mompreneur Facebook Group for more support and encouragement on your journey!