I'm not sure where the idea crept in that goes something like this-
I want to start a business. I should bite the bullet, quit my job cold turkey and start one!
Or, I'll wait until I get fired and get so desperate, I'll do something about starting a business then.
As if there is a greater air of legitimacy when one is stepping out in blind faith, hoping against hope that things will be all right for no good or apparent reason.
The art of starting business is controlling risk.
That's a stupid risk.
When you learned to swim, I bet no one violently threw you, kicking and screaming and horror stricken, off the side of a fishing boat into a deep murky lake, did they?
(For those of you living in Louisiana and Arkansas, forgive me. I hear that's how y'all learn.)
I'm asking you now, to go back in your mind and think about how you learned to swim.
Go ahead. I'll wait...
Of course you did!
You just said to me, "I learned a little bit at a time."
That, boys and girls, is the very, very same way you're going to start a successful business.
A little bit at a time.
Entrepreneur Chick's mother was a beauty queen.
Here's how beauty queens teach their daughters to swim.
First of all, there's absolutely no getting wet.
Getting wet will mess up your hair, it will mess up your make up, and everyone knows a swimming suit is only for looking hot and sexy, certainly not for swimming.
Elizabeth carefully spreads her beach towel by the side of the pool.
She lights a cigarette. Adjusts her sunglasses. Exhales with a certain unidentifiable annoyance and says to me~
"Okay kid. Here's what I want you to do."
"First of all, hold your breath like this- and stick your face down in the water and hold it there a few seconds."
"Yeah, like that. Now I want you to stick your face in the water but lay down in the water on your stomach and move your arms like this..."
"Yeah, like that. Now I want you to stick your face in the water, lay down in the water on your stomach move your arms like I just showed you and kick your feet like this..."
"Yeah, like that. Now you know how to swim. Don't bother me any more; I'm reading."
Are you ready to start of business?
Here's what Entrepreneur Chick wants you to do.
Write down a few business ideas that you have.
Go ahead, write them down.
Don't edit yourself, just write.
If you have ten, write ten.
If you have one, that's awesome too.
Now leave them in the comment section or email me, and next time, I'll show you how to, a little bit at a time, get started using your very ideas.
Let's make some cabbage, guppies!