Is there a perfect age to start your own business? How do you know you have acquired enough maturity? These are questions many go-getters ask themselves as they are thinking of taking the leap of faith and launching their startup. Truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect age. Each entrepreneur is different. Some start at 18 and others are not ready until they are 40.
But there are a few things you should think about before jumping
Make sure you have explored all the possible options
Make sure the decision to start your own business is not a fruit of your personal frustrations: not being able to express yourself at work, not finding a job you love… If this is the case, you might simply need to find a job that suits you better. Starting your own business should help you solve an issue that bothers you in your community, your country or the world. It is not a way of escape to your own personal issues and frustrations. If you do not feel comfortable working a 9-5, maybe working as a freelance could be a better option for you, or finding a career that allows you to work from home. The important thing is to make sure you have explored all the possible options and that you are sure that starting your own business is really what you have found to be best for you.
Make sure you have acquired enough experience
Making sure you have acquired enough experience doesn’t mean that you need to work 10 years before starting your business. However, having past experience allows us to better identify what we are good at and what we would rather die than do. It also helps us have a better understanding of the workplace, how to treat employees and more. Having some past experience also increases your chances of having the right contacts. There might be a boss you look up to, people who have been satisfied with your work in the past that can help you with launching your business idea and even mentor you through the process.
Make sure you are passionate about what you do
Make sure you are following your passion. Have you taken the time to study yourself? Sometimes, while we are young, we rush through life, only to discover later on that we took too many decisions based on the person we taught we would always be. Take the time to know yourself and make sure that the decision to start this business aligns with your vision in life, your purpose and long-term dreams.
Be willing to learn at all times
Being young, we might lack wisdom and think we know better. As passionate as you might be about your ideas, be willing to learn at all times. Do not rush the process and do not be afraid to change your mind about certain things. The good thing about starting young is that you have more time to learn from your mistakes and start over. Be willing to make your own researches, to take classes if you need to and to ask for help. We can never be over-educated.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints