Paul E. Casey's 8 Self-Employment Myths That Block Your Path to Success 

Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Wi-Fi, smartphones, Kindle books, etc. didn’t even exist when I wrote my first book on self-employment a little over ten years ago.

When I went back and re-read my original book I didn't know what to expect. I asked myself, "If I wrote the book today, would I tell a dramatically different story? The short answer is "No." Your success or failure will not be based on technology, but on the effort you put into your business and the decisions you make. I want to take a little time to dispel some of the more common myths about entrepreneurship.

MYTH #1: ENTREPRENEURS ARE HUGE RISK-TAKERS
I've found that this not to be true. They are cautious, thoughtful, decisive, organized, focused, and pragmatic.

MYTH #2: SMALL BUSINESSES FAIL BECAUSE OF A LACK OF MONEY
There's a common misperception that start-up businesses fail because they don't have enough capital. Many start-ups fail because they have too much money! (Yes, you read that right.)

MYTH #3: THE FIRST THING YOU NEED IS A BUSINESS PLAN
No. You must make sure that your business concept is valid and is a workable niche. If you don’t, there is not a business plan designed that will save you.

MYTH #4: "THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT"
High maintenance customers can suck the energy right of your business.  Worse, they may not pay for your services and could cost you your business.  A bad client almost put me out of business early on. 

MYTH #5: WATCH YOUR COMPETITORS LIKE A HAWK
Competitors are your best friends! They validate your business concept and keep you sharp.

MYTH #6: IF YOU HAVE IT IN WRITING, IT'S GUARANTEED
I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't put agreements in writing. But be very careful who you align yourself with. If your client has a problem with ethics, a signed contract will not be enough to protect you from expensive litigation.

MYTH #7: THINKING POSITIVE IS A KEY TO SUCCESS
There's a billion-dollar industry developed around the concept that thinking positive will change an outcome from bad to good. I hate to sound like a "Debby Downer," but this is a ridiculous. Always be thinking worst case.

MTTH #8: FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW
80% of small businesses fail.  One of the major reasons why the failure rate is so astonishingly high is that too many people buy into this long-held myth. The truly successful entrepreneurs are thinking about their customers needs. If you are thinking about filling a niche and solving a problem your prospects for success will be much higher.

 

Posted by Crista Burlat Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:23:00 PM Categories: business tips self-employment myths self-employment success startups

Paul E. Casey's thoughts on security 

Many people will not consider self-employment because they live in fear of not having access to a steady paycheck. This is understandable. The prospect of living on a park bench can be daunting.

"One of the biggest myths about entrepreneurs is that we are huge risk takers."

Posted by FTSS_admin Monday, January 11, 2016 6:53:00 AM

Paul E. Casey's thoughts on judgment 

Nothing has disappeared from the American landscape during my lifetime faster than good judgment. You can read all the books, including mine, about starting your own business, but in the end your success or failure comes down to whether you exercise good or bad judgment. If you exercise good judgment more often than bad, you have a good chance of succeeding. Unfortunately, like experience, good judgment can’t be taught. 

Posted by FTSS_admin Monday, January 11, 2016 6:51:00 AM

Paul E. Casey's thoughts on flexibility 

Hopefully, you and your family will only have to make minimal adjustments to your personal lives when you are starting a small business. But be aware that there may come a time, even after you have established your business, when you will have to make a significant change in your personal lifestyle to keep your business afloat.

Posted by FTSS_admin Tuesday, January 5, 2016 4:17:00 AM

Question from a user 

"What if a steady paycheck isn't important to me...can I still be a successful entrepreneur?"

Posted by FTSS_admin Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:45:00 AM
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