As a business coach, these days I’m often asked; “I just got laid-off, should I go into business for myself?”

It’s an interesting question because it involves more than being good at what you do. Technical skills do not a business make…I love the analogy a friend that owns a restaurant uses, “Just because they can boil water, doesn’t mean they can run a restaurant."

Here are 3 key questions to ask your self before going into business.

1. Can I deliver results? This is more then a technical question, this is a question about, can you keep commitments – on time and on budget?

2. Am I truly proactive? Success takes action. Will I go outside my comfort zone? (If you dislike cold calling, complaints and the occasional crisis… then you might want to rethink going into business for yourself.) Business success takes plenty of marketing. It is the rare business that wins on the concept of "If I build it, they will come…."

3. Do I have enough in reserve? Know that it will take a bit of time to get known in the world… Stay focused and committed to your vision.

Starting your own business is not for dabblers. It will get tough at times. Only your vision and commitment to being the best will keep you slogging ahead. Keep it simple, it’s too easy to build in complexity. Focus on the vision, plan the steps to get your vision, take action.

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Learn to Inspire, Influence and Get Real Results! There is no better way to market your business and services then telling people what you do… Sharon Sayler, MBA, helps leaders, executives, and business owners inspire employees, grow companies and increase their sales by teaching them to become powerful and influential communicators. Visit for more great ideas and free white papers.

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