The Best Time to Start Your Business… Today.

As it is with all things good and worthwhile, starting and growing your business takes drive, patience, and countless hours of work. There are some obvious exceptions, but I liken creating a business to starting your retirement fund. You can’t put your first month in and expect to be rich… it’s something you cultivate, and over time it pays off. There are things you can do to change the risk/reward balance, but the safest way is the slow and steady approach. If you have an idea that you think will make a great business, the best time to start that business is RIGHT NOW.

Before you quite your day job, let me walk you back really quick. There are several ways you can start your business:

  • You can be independently wealthy, quit your job, and refocus your attention to your new flame (because you are your own safety net).
  • You can assume a large amount of risk and take out a loan (and fund your business on future hopes and dreams)
  • You can take baby steps, make your business a side-project, and when it meets your current needs, focus all of your attention on it.

Admittedly, I’ve left off the most sexy option.

Quit your day job, start your business, and magically have customers or an investor throw a bunch of money at you. It’s not that I don’t believe that’s possible for you, IT’S JUST HIGHLY UNLIKELY that you’ll nail your product-market fit on your first iteration.

If you are sitting at the intersection of wanting to quit your day job to pursue your dream job…

STOP DREAMING. START DOING.

But do it with all the information.

Don’t go reading all the blogs that promise  “The 5 Easy Steps to Making All the Money.” and start your business with a head full of dreams. Research your market, make a business plan, and make educated decisions and guesses. Don’t do it tomorrow. Do it today.

Roll your sleeves up. Get your hands dirty. And get excited about one of the hardest challenges of your life.

PS. If you want some advice and a grounded perspective on what that takes to create your own business, join my community, and receive my blog in your inbox.

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An Introduction

For those of you reading this that already know me (and really those that don’t), I’m going to keep this short and to the point. Im an avid learner, and over the last 2 years in the formal business world,

I HAVE LEARNED A TON.

Some people go to institutions of higher learning. I (very fortunately) dove in head first and learned more about business, marketing, and sales than I ever thought I cared to know.

THE EQUIVALENT OF A MASTERS CLASS

Now that I’ve lived it, I’m beyond grateful to the people that given me the chance to work with them and learn from them:

Vaden Landers and Charles Yancey of Singular Payments

Jason Burgess and David Daily of DonorLynk

David and Tammy Molnar of David Molnar Photography

The real life experience they provided me partnered with my background in psychology and the arts has given me a very unique perspective thats led to me getting some pretty exciting contracts to help steer the fabric of new and existing companies.

Originally when I sat down to write this piece, I was going to jump straight into one of the most important slogans I have to tell myself daily However, without the appropriate backstory, it’s not nearly as powerful.

My mission for this blog is to provide you my perspective on everything related to business: development, marketing, and customer experience. But rather than use my platform to indoctrinate you, I want your advice. I want to help answer your questions!

Join my Community.

When you do, tell me what you are most interested in hearing me talk about. Ask me the questions about your business that are keeping you up at night.

I want to be a resource for you.

Next week, I’ll deliver the blog that I meant to give you this time. Its something simple, but it has been integral to EVERY SINGLE PROJECT I’VE EVER STARTED.

Until next time.

Your friendly life-long learner,

Will

PS. Vaden, Charles, Jason, David, David, and Tammy, Thank you for turning me into the businessman I am today. For better or for worse, the lessons you taught me are firmly engrained in my brain.

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