Still Haven’t Gotten Your Startup Started Up? 4 Things You Need To Know

So, you’re still wasting away in that job of yours. How long have you been there now? How many other opportunities have you passed up in the name of comfort and stability? How many promises of promotion, training and development has your employer made and spectacularly failed to keep? How long can you expect to keep carrying on along this trajectory? How many years are you prepared to waste in this job, letting your skills, talent and passion waste away?


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Quite simply, how much longer can you afford to remain unhappy at work?


What about that business idea you came up with? The business plan that’s been sitting in your desk drawer for months? You put so much time and effort into it. Perhaps now’s the time to add the finishing touches and start looking for the funding you need to get your startup… started up?  


The list of reasons why not

You’re probably already formulating a big list of reasons why it’s not worth taking the risk. Something containing phrases like “reckless gamble”, “throwing away job stability” or “not in this economy”. We tell ourselves that if we give up the dayjob we hate to do something we’ll love, it will inevitably end in disaster. Why? Because it makes doing the job we hate more palatable. 


Yet, while it would be irresponsible to assure you, dear reader, that nothing could possibly go wrong, here are some things you should know before writing yourself off as a potential entrepreneur…


You’re not alone!

The prospect of starting up a business entirely on your own would be daunting if not terrifying for pretty much anyone. The good news, however, is that you’re far from alone. There’s lot of helpful advice out there (quite a lot of it’s even free). Take the time to see a business coach. They can help you with all aspects of getting your business off the ground and helping it thrive once its operational. There are literally hundreds of business blogs out there (including, of course, this one) which can give you the advice and guidance you’ll need to make your startup something very special


As an entrepreneur you’ll never stop learning and growing

Don’t worry if you can’t wrap your head around all of the problems and challenges that you’ll encounter in your life as an entrepreneur just yet. Remember that as an entrepreneur you’ll never stop learning and growing. You’ll always be learning new skills and learning from the team you surround yourself with. You’ll read books (Warren Buffett famously reads 500 pages a day), listen to podcasts, peruse blogs, network, talk to other entrepreneurs, pick up tips. You’ll accomplish things you never thought possible. 


It’s better to try and fail than to spend your life wondering “what if?”

You could fail. It’s absolutely a possibility. Your business could go into liquidation. You could be made bankrupt… But, so what? That’s just another experience from which you can recover, learn and grow. Many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs have been declared bankrupt and bounced back.


You can do it!

You can do it! We have faith in you. Just try and have faith in yourself and take a bold leap of faith in your own abilities!


Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.

Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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