Can You Afford Not To Start Your Own Business?

Not a day goes by that I don’t hear or read something about someone, somewhere, not being able to start their own business.

I’d love to start my own business, but I just can’t afford it.

Sound familiar?

That often seems like a valid thing to say. After all, you have family to feed, kids, massive student debt. And you’re only just scraping by as it is.

Or maybe you’re a student, and you just can’t start a business right now because you’re expected to go get a job.

Seriously, I know the feeling.

But there’s another thing to consider. Something that seasoned entrepreneurs know very well, and something that drives a lot of us to push harder every day.

The feeling that you can’t not do your own thing.

I literally can’t imagine myself working for anyone else.

Not because I wouldn’t love a great salary, perks and view of the Bay Bridge. But because I feel a strong pull to go it alone. Well, alone with my team at least.

There’s a drive there. A passion to do better. Better than I ever could working a 9–5.

Maybe you’ve experienced it too. You might not even realize it.

If you’ve ever been in a position where you’ve seen a problem, thought of a solution, and thought “why doesn’t someone just…”, then you’ve got the bug too.

Things that other people are totally oblivious to are frustratingly obvious to you, and you can see how they could be improved.

But still, businesses are for other people, right?


You don’t need to share my appetite for risk to go it alone. You can just as easily set up a business from your back yard.

You don’t have to call it a startup. Hell, you don’t even need to call it a business. You don’t have to call it anything.

But try. At least try to follow your dreams. Just for a bit. And see how it goes.

It might go nowhere. I’ve read that 90% of startup fail, and that’s probably a conservative estimate. But you might found the next Apple. Or the next Facebook, or Hooli.

At the end of the day, it’s not a matter of whether you can afford to start a business. That’s a lame excuse. Startups get cheaper to found every day.

It’s actually a matter of whether you can afford not to do something on your own. And whether you can afford not to do it now.

Money’s a renewable resource. There’s always a way to get more.

Time, you never get back.

So if you have even the slightest draw to do your own thing, do it now. Do it before you’ll regret not doing it. Do it today.

I’m just a guy from the UK that’s okay at writing, better at startups, awesome at making coffee.

This is day 15 in a 365 day writing experiment. You can check out why I’m writing every day here.

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