Still trying to decide whether to start your own business? One test might be to look at whether you have any entrepreneurial role models. My father ran his own advertising agency and my uncle owned a jewelry store. It took years — and an economic downturn! — for me to get around to starting my own business. But the prospect was certainly less daunting for my having had opportunities to observe entrepreneurship firsthand.
One of the questions I have asked all the people I interviewed for my book is whether or not they had an entrepreneurial role model. Most of them did. Several who didn’t had a parent who had achieved success in an industry related to the one in which they have their business. The remainder took lessons they learned in their corporate years and applied them directly to starting their own businesses.
So ask yourself either
** “Have I seen someone grow a business?” or
** “Do I have enough expertise from my career to make a business work”
If your answer to both questions is No, or you’re not sure, don’t be discouraged — but do find yourself a mentor or coach who can help you get started.