Entrepreneurship: How Much Risk To Take
Posted on 15 October 2011
It is true that there are many incredible success stories of entrepreneurs who have gambled everything and have won. They bet the house, the car and every penny they had and it paid off. We are often told that all we have to do is believe, get better at goal setting and devote ourselves to the new venture at hand and we can achieve anything. To a large extent this is true but at the same time it is a big risk and things don’t always go as planned. If your plans were flawed and you aren’t prepared for disaster or unforeseen economic changes then you can lose.
However, if you want to make it big then you have to take risks. In fact there isn’t much you can do today without taking risks. Every investment has some level of risk. Even putting your money in the bank can seem very risky today. As for staying at your corporate job, hoping that you can keep on skating by and just maybe end up with a reasonable amount of income and savings for retirement, that could actually be the riskiest choice of all.
While action is king and there is no time like the present to launch a new business venture, this doesn’t mean that you should really bet your last penny or max out every personal credit card that you have to get going now. The good news is that between outsourcing, Internet marketing and advances in technology it cost a mere fraction of what it used to, to start a new business. You can even start most businesses part time today, at least until your revenues exceed your 9-5 paycheck.
So how much should you risk? Make a list. List out the things that you are willing to risk should the worst case scenario happen. How little income can you survive on, are you willing to cut back a little if you have to or even downgrade your lifestyle temporarily for the possibility of winning huge? What can you absolutely not risk? Decide now. This will remove fear from the equation. Then get out there, invest what you can wisely and go for the gold.
Chuck Boyce is known as the Independent Executive. After achieving success quickly in the corporate world he decided to step off of the corporate ladder and make his business work for him. He is now dedicated to helping other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve the Independent Executive Lifestyle by creating business with a purpose, passion and plan. Find out more by visiting his site at http://www.breakingfreeblog.com