You most probably did…but were quickly slowed down by restrictions like bad timing, no money or preparing for a “more important” phase in your life, like getting married. I am here to tell you that all these are just excuses.
You can be too young, too poor or simply unqualified to maintain a job. That’s perfect actually, as long as you don’t have any bad habits and will work until your eyeballs roll onto the desk.
You might have been on this planet for too long and maybe have some money saved, a mortgage or kids? You have been doing the same job for over 30 years and it simply gets harder..well it can be done but it feels like you’re trying to moonwalk through quicksand.
Whatever your situation is, it can be done. What you need is energy, a good amount of determination and a pinch of persuasiveness.
Now, do you feel like you have this awesome idea and you feel mega special whenever you think about it? Well, ideas are cheap. An idea by itself is worth less than a half-eaten sandwich, except you can eat the sandwich.
An idea is needed of course, but if you take a good look at the big companies, very few of them started with a brilliant idea. Starbucks started simply by selling coffee in Seatle, Facebook built a better Hi5, Google built a better Yahoo search and Microsoft copied Apple. Ok and Apple got it from Xerox but that’s not why we’re here.
What I am trying to say is that ideas are everywhere and quite overrated; what’s more important is good timing. Google succeeded because it chose the perfect time to build a better search engine – good luck competing with that now *cough* Bing *cough*. What we see here is that we need to really understand the market we live in and look for the holes, or the underrepresented needs.
Sometimes it’s better to build a better version of an existing model than inventing a whole new idea from scratch. Fear not of competition for it can actually be a good thing. You have to know a lot about your field though, understand your customers and most importantly fill it all with some good old passion.
Turn your back to all those websites that claim to provide baby steps for starting a business and try to tell you exactly what to do. Entrepreneurship doesn’t come with instruction manuals because they are all different; you will fail at the beginning, you will stumble, but you will eventually stand up and learn as you go.
Steve Jobs didn’t have it any easy at the beginning. He went around the corner of his house and convinced a local computer store to order his non existent computers, then he went to a parts supplier and convinced him to sell him the components he needed using the order he previously obtained as proof he would be able to pay them back. The he grabbed a few of his buddies and worked in their garage, however delivered them in time and made an honest profit. Look at Apple now.
You don’t have to aim at being a huge company from the beginning, aiming to simply be one is perfect. Don’t rush into spending and hiring too early, don’t waste time writing disclaimers and mission statements; simply go and sell your product.
As your company grows, the rules and culture of it will change and don’t be surprised if the whole product or mission change alltogether. You may even grow to dislike your company, but you can always either sell, hire or double-down and see where the ride takes you.
In conclusion, entrepreneurship is a mix of skill and tenacity. Ok and you need some luck as well, just keep picking yourself up whenever you get knocked down, go in different directions, learn new things and everything will be just fine.