10 Tips To Reduce The Fear Of Self Employment

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10 Tips from Nat Harrison   Ayama Coaching

10 Tips from Nat Harrison

Ayama Coaching

Skill swaps are a great and cheap way to get help.
— Nat Harrison
  1. Accept you will feel fearful and plan interventions to manage it – Who can you call for support?

  2. Surround yourself with positive supporters and stay away from naysayers who are risk adverse.

  3. Use your contacts – LinkedIn is a great resource. Don’t be scared to ask people for coffees and help, they are often flattered and more than happy to assist.

  4. Do your homework – speak to people who are already successfully doing what you want to. 

  5. Write a thorough business plan and do financial forecasting, then have someone business minded review it. Test your ideas and do market research.

  6. Be realistic - you probably won’t be successful overnight so plan for a 2/3 year business build. Having a transition plan from the old job to the new business is a great idea.

  7. Save some money to support you through the transition and discuss your family finances and plan with your partner.

  8. Learn about marketing and social media - without customers and clients your business isn’t a business.

  9. Get help – you don’t need to do everything yourself. Websites, photographs, logos, promotional material all take time and often look more professional when done by a professional. Skill swaps are a great and cheap way to get help.

  10. Keep motivated and prepare yourself for wobbles – use tools (visual tools, visualisations, affirmations) and get support (business network or a business coach).

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