Thinking about starting your own business? Good for you. The thought of striking out on your own and becoming your own boss is exciting. But before you jump — go to lunch.
That’s right. One of the best investments you can make before you start your own business is to invite a successful entrepreneur to lunch and talk about what it takes to be successful.
Lots of potential business owners get starry-eyed about their new business ventures. In many respects, owning your own business is the American dream. However, they frequently don’t know how much hard work and self-sacrifice it takes to get a business off the ground.
So enjoy lunch with someone you know who has “been there, done that.” Ask them about how they got started, and what challenges they faced along the way. Entrepreneurs love to talk about their business ventures, and you can learn a lot from their experiences and insight.
Don’t know a successful business owner? Then, check your local Chamber of Commerce or newspaper for upcoming small business events. Make it a point to attend so you can meet business owners in your area. Then don’t be shy about asking if you can buy their lunch and learn about their entrepreneurial journey.
Finally, don’t forget about online forums. That’s another way to connect with entrepreneurs and ask for seasoned advice.
It is well worth your time and money to learn from real-life stories. There is no substitute for experience.