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The Top 3 Reasons to Begin a Start Up, Right Now

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I’m a freelance writer and I know next to nothing about start ups, or at least, that’s what I told myself a few months ago when I began this journey.

What is a start up, exactly? The most basic definition is: “A newly established business.”

That’s it? Okay, I DO know what a start up is. I’ve owned businesses before. I successfully owned and operated a business where I purchased used laboratory equipment, refurbished it if needed, and sold it on eBay for over 10 years. I did this until the need for said equipment was no longer necessary, as the small labs I was selling to, all over the world, were closing down one by one, being shoved out of the market by much larger labs who could offer the same services at lower prices.

I was an entrepreneur and I just didn’t think of myself as one.

So why should you, or anyone else begin a start up now? What skills do you possess that the world needs?

Find your skill

Well that’s the first question you must answer for yourself. What marketable skill do you have that you can monetize. And don’t say nothing. Everyone has some type of skill that they can offer the world. And if you truly don’t, then acquire one. There are myriad courses available, for free, online. You may have to pay to get certification, but you can audit courses without cost.

You can be your own boss

Let’s be honest, most of us have had this dream, probably since we were kids. No one wants to have a boss. If you own your own business, whether it is brick and mortar, or being a freelancer, you’re the boss. Sure, you’ll most likely end up having clients, but at the end of the day, you’re the one that sets the hours you’ll work, the amount of work that you take on, and your off time. Don’t take this to mean that there isn’t a lot of work involved in getting started, or in maintaining a valuable business. There is. But you have to decide what you’ll be offering and how much time you will be spending to make that happen. You’re the boss.

You can make a difference

Now, this may depend on what your skill set is, and how you choose to utilize it, but regardless, you can choose to make a difference. By this, I mean, when you are running your own business, and things get going, you can choose to give back to your community, or any community really. Gratitude feels good. Being humble feels good. Even if it’s just your time, giving something to others is never a bad choice.

Call To Action

Nothing fancy, just take a moment, 30 minutes maybe, and sit down and be honest with yourself. What do you have to offer the world, or just your corner of the world? Could you turn that into something actionable? How would you start? Take it one step at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself.

If you enjoyed this article, feel free to give it a clap or 50. I would appreciate it. Be well.

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Chloe Cuthbert

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