Tips for Starting Your Own Business

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First Class Learning is the ideal franchise for those who want to operate their own rewarding business that helps children excel in Maths and English.
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First Class Learning

  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
Franchise
  Minimum Investment:
£10,000
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes

We reveal how to take the fear out of starting a brand new business. It can be scary but it is definitely possible!

First Class Learning Franchise

Fear is natural. It’s an instinctual, primal urge that lets you know that fire burns you, the sea can swallow you and, if you’re on a cliff edge, it’s a long way down. These are understandable fears, ingrained in our collective consciousness after thousands of years on Earth.

But there are some common fears too like having a fear of clowns, a fear of checking your bank account, or a fear of starting your own business.

70% of potential entrepreneurs are afraid to start their own business. They fear failure.

At First Class Learning, we work with people who have made the decision to start their own business – often for the first time. When it comes to entrepreneurship, we know what we’re talking about. Don’t let fear rule you.

Here are our top tips on how to take the fear out of starting your own business:

Plan

The key to any good plan is preparation. You wouldn’t make any other major life choice without considering all your options, after all. Before thinking about your own business, think about someone who has taken the path ahead of you. Research and speak to this person. Not only might you receive some excellent advice, they may warn you of potential pitfalls.

Once you’ve done your initial research, you need to put your idea in writing. Write a business plan that describes your business, your objectives, your sales strategy and financial forecasts.

Alternatively, you can research franchise business options and take advantage of an already established (and proven) business model. Whatever you decide to do, having a plan will help you feel organised and dissolve any fear.

But remember: you should follow your plan, but don’t let it limit you. Half the fun in working for yourself is the ability to be flexible. If you see an opportunity, take it.

Learn from the Past

The past is the past. Whether your career or life experience so far has been good or bad, you should learn from it. Just because something didn’t work out before, doesn’t mean that it won’t work now. Reflect and move on.

Entrepreneurship

Starting a business can seem overwhelming. There is so much to do and then, once you’ve started, you need to actually run it! There is no denying that entrepreneurship is a challenge but it can also be rewarding if you give it a chance. Remember, you own the business, you have the power to make it exactly what you want. Rather than thinking on the massive objective of ‘starting your own business’, break it down into smaller goals.

Learn

It helps to know all about your product or service but this is not like school, where one exam determines your fate.

If you feel like a lack of experience or knowledge is holding you back, do something about it. Don’t have any sales experience? Participate in a sales workshop. Don’t know anything about marketing, accounting or management? Do a course or take an online class. There is no obstacle that can’t be overcome with knowledge.

Do Your Own Thing

There will be people that won’t understand what you’re doing but if you have the desire then go for it. If people listened to everyone saying ‘you can’t’ then no-one would do anything, ever! Know that there will be hard times, but also know that failure doesn’t define you. It doesn’t determine your worth as a business person. You learn from it and move on.

All it takes is one good idea and you can have a thriving business. The fear of embarrassment can be limiting. So, don’t worry about what everybody thinks.

Follow your Passion

When you do what you love, you are more accepting of risk and fear of failure isn’t even on your radar. The premise is simple: if you love to bake, open a bakery. If you want to work with children, open a tuition centre. You’ll likely be more knowledgeable about your business area, meaning you can fully focus on the aspects of business that you don’t yet know. And furthermore, if you’re doing something you love, you’ll have more motivation to push through the challenges and the difficult times.

Franchise Your Business

Franchising can help take the fear out of starting a new business. You reduce the risk by working as an already established brand with a proven path to success. In exchange for your franchising fee, the franchisor will also supply you with all the training and support you need. This is much more support than you would receive as an independent business.

In summary, there are plenty of opportunities for succeeding as an entrepreneur. Fear does not have to limit your potential!

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