Starting your own business is such a popular topic that you think you may have all your bases covered. Planning, marketing and funding are all portioned out and discussed in minute detail. A few will go over the topic of the personal skills required, but not in nearly as much detail. The reason for this is simple: it is seen as a dead end. Can’t seem to stay on track without someone looking over your shoulder? Too bad, owning a business simply isn’t for you. Fortunately, this is simply not the case.
Rather than focusing on the reasons that you are not well suited for running a business, it is important to shift focus into realizing that these are skills you can learn. In fact, the same way you learned everything else. Often the people who do well at self employment right away are people who learned these skill either in school or in a previous job. They are simply re-applying them to their new business. Time management, work/life balance and being proactive may always be a struggle for you, but they are something that you can always improve on.
Start by leveraging the power of the internet. There are plenty of blogs such as the Four Hour Work Week , ZenHabits and Lifehacker that exist solely to help you learn these exact skills. Subscribe to blogs like these, read them, try what they suggest and realize that you are not going to get it right immediately. These skills take years to develop fully. You won’t have to master any of them completely before you get started on your business, but you should wait until you are confident that you have the ability to follow through on your ideas.
It might seem like this is another obstacle in your way to starting your own business, but it is really just ensuring that you have all the tools for success. If you do not have the discipline to get things done even when you are stressed and tired then you are simply not ready to start a business. Instead, learn these personal development skills and you will be ready to go with a newfound confidence.