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Starting Your Own Web Design Business Takes Nothing More Than a Change in Mindset
by John Roberts
Why is it that some people when wanting to start a web design business jump straight in and go for it, where others just kind of mull around, and seemingly do nothing?
Even those that say they're serious and keen to get started, still for some reason, never take action. I find this interesting because I understand that starting your own business can mean undergoing a lot of changes, especially if you've never been self employed before and have only ever worked full time jobs as an employee.
But what is it that separates those who just go for it and those that don't?
In this article, I'm going to cover some of the biggest reasons I believe that prevent people from starting their own web design business.
Here they are.
Without a doubt, the biggest factor that's keeping people in their jobs, is fear. Even if they are absolutely miserable and hating what they do - fear keeps them there. They find themselves getting up each morning, dragging themselves out of bed, and driving to work, all the while knowing that they'd rather be elsewhere. Fear for some means not taking any risk, for fear of failure itself. However for others, it's the opposite. It's the fear of NOT taking on the risk, which frightens them more. Heres an example of the difference in mindsets.
"What if I fail? What if I make no money? What will I do if I cant pay the rent? I just can't risk it at the moment, I'll wait""Yknow, If I don't do this now, Im going to be stuck in this job for the rest of my life. Imagine laying in my death bed at 75 years of age, wishing I tried. I cant afford NOT to do this."
See the difference?
2. False beliefs
Belief systems are powerful. I've you seriously believe in a certain outcome, then there's absolutely nothing that anyone can do to change that belief. If you believe that starting a web design business is a piece of cake, then you'll be much more likely to just go for it. If you believe that it's a massive risk and that its going to cost too much, or getting clients is too hard, or that your programming skills arent good enough, then you'll most likely just sit at home and think about it for the next 10 years.
In order to succeed you must change your belief systems. For they are controlling your actions, whether you realise it or not.
This kind of ties in with fear. For those that are "too scared" to start their own business, safety is their best friend. It's much safer just going to work each day and picking up your pay cheque than it is, taking on this huge risk and potentially being laughed at by everybody. For the others, they're not too concerned about safety, because there way of thinking is "Well, if it fails, Ill just get another job - who cares". The difference here is nothing more than mindset. It really is that simple.
Money is definitely another big reason. Especially for those who like to be "plugged in". Unlike business owners who are financially self sufficient, there are a large number of people who just prefer someone else to handle their finances for them. These are the people who casually tear open their payslips, smile, then go back to their cubicle and wish they were somewhere else.
Without a doubt, laziness. This is probably the biggest reason of all when it comes to those who constantly talk about starting a web design business but never do anything about it. Its much easier to simply knock off work, go home, put the feet up and watch television, than it is to finish work, get home and start planning out a business strategy, building a business website and calculating your projected income. Besides, who wants to worry about all that boring paperwork and stuff, right?
For the others though, these are the type of people that get home from work, then start work, and climb into bed at 3am, then get up at 7am, go to work, then come home and do it over and over again. They understand that unless they make the sacrifice now, that starting their own business will never happen.
I think in summary to the reasons mentioned here, the biggest contributing factor that separates those who succeed and those who don't is nothing more than mindset and desire.
John Roberts is a freelance web designer from Sydney, Australia. Always open to discussion regarding web design and development, John provides small business startup kits for those wanting to start a web design business
from home. For more information visit http://www.start-a-web-design-business.com/
Article submitted Friday, July 13, 2012 & read 22 times.
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