Do I Need To Know Everything Before I Start A Small Business?

I get this question asked all the time. The answer is a resounding NO. You will learn allot as your business life evolves. I didn’t even know how to use a computer when I first had the idea of starting an on-line business.  Computers were only starting to become the norm around the time I was at University and the internet only came onto the scene after I graduated.

In addition to this, I was a one-finger typist.  I was so slow that my sister used to get so frustrated watching me and ended up typing most of my essays/assignments.  Since then, I never used a computer again.  The point of my telling you this is that being computer illiterate could have potentially been the obstacle from turning an idea that I had, into a business.  It’s the same as any industry, really.  For a lot of people, their dream or ambition would have stopped right there. Maybe that’s where I’m different, because for me, that was just one of the stepping stones to getting closer to where I wanted to be. I wanted to have a successful small business.

I’ve got a brain, but the most important quality I had at the time was drive or as I like to call it “fire in the belly”.  For the first time in my working life, I actually knew what I wanted to do and I was passionate and hungry enough to want to work hard for it. I wasn’t doing this for anybody else, but for myself.

Although I wanted to prove my parents and the other skeptics around me wrong about what I could achieve, I really needed to prove it to myself. The goal is to just start. Your website, your sales pitch, your marketing, can all be improved. Nothing is set in stone. I changed my website 10 times over the years. The idea is to sell. Block out all the minor things and step forward. Each day you will find out new things. Some things work and some don’t. There is only one way to find out. Just do it. Start ASAP.