Just Do It! 5 Ways to Get Over the Fear of Working for Yourself

tightropeIf you’re contemplating starting a business or beginning a freelance career, you may be scared to death. Let’s face it; there’s a lot to worry about. So many factors come into play when you work for yourself that you may not have to face when you’re externally employed. You may worry that:

  • You will fail.
  • You will not make enough money.
  • It will have a negative impact on your family.
  • You will end up hating it.
  • You’re not disciplined enough.
  • You don’t have drive.
  • You’ll be selling something no one wants.
  • You don’t know enough about marketing, networking or business management.

Looking at this list can be paralyzing, and you may even convince yourself that you’re not cut out for entrepreneurship. But is that really the case? If you’ve done the research, the work and the planning to position yourself for self-employed success, you can’t let the fear derail you.

Try these actions to help you control the fear and follow your dreams.

1. Make the Fear Work for You

Consider all of your worries and concerns, but instead of letting them eat at your resolve, use them to push and challenge you every step of the way.

2. Adopt a Positive Attitude

Not only is having a positive attitude a key factor of success, but the more you think with optimism, the more you will believe it and the more it will start to become an automatic part of your daily life.

3. Set Realistic Goals

Start off small and let your momentum build with time. When you set realistic and achievable goals, and evaluate them often, you will be more encouraged and confident in what you can accomplish.

4. Ask for Help

It’s hard to do anything in life completely on your own. Having the support and encouragement from family and friends and knowing people believe in you can do a lot to stifle the fear. You may even want to consider a mentor to keep you on track.

5. Be Patient

Make a plan, work hard and always do your best, but realize that it’s not going to happen overnight. If you accept that it’s a process filled with both successes and failures, it will be easier to live in the moment…and appreciate each step of your journey.

What are/were your biggest fears of working for yourself? How did you overcome them?

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  • Martha Giffen

    Great post! Overcoming our fears is the first and hardest step. But, in the end, it is the greatest step!

    Martha Giffen
    http://www.thinkandmotivate.com

  • http://bwhWebDesigns.com surelybwh

    Excellent points, all.

    I might add – Have someone in your life that will recognize when you start to lose that positive attitude and will help remind you to be positive.

    I can go from feeling good to lousy pretty quick. Positive friends are very helpful with that.

  • Drobo

    A Mentor, sounds interesting, is this something like a Sensei or a Mac Genius?

  • Laurie

    Good suggestions! For me working at keeping upbeat and positive is so important – being negative accomplishes nothing!

  • http://www.jasonbatten.com NetNerd85

    http://www.stevepavlina.com/audio/, may I point out Podcasts 6 and 9

  • floater

    I’d like to add that if you find yourself looking out the window wishing you were doing something else then you have not found the career to follow. This is equally true whether you are self-employed or not.

    Regarding goals, it is good to review your goals and try to understand the difference between your expectations and reality in the event that the two have not lined up.

    My biggest fear is not finding enough clients. That is still a fear (or challenge…) however having a couple of really good clients has helped a lot. More clients would be great but it does take time…

  • rungss

    I guess many would have faced it…

    This I guess is more common in India.

    At least in my case..

    A Small Town Guy.. Haven’t been to an IIT or IIM forget that you are just a plain Graduate among millions of Graduates that India generates every Year…

    and then the Recession…

    I have stopped sharing Ideas with People who do not have any Entrepreneurial instincts..

    No Support from your Family and Friends..

    They will ask “What will you do”?
    What kind of Business?

    @rungss on twitter

    http://bijayrungta.com

  • http://www.smallbusinessgrantsmoney.com rungss

    I guess many would have faced it…

    This I guess is more common in India.

    At least in my case..

    A Small Town Guy.. Haven’t been to an IIT or IIM forget that you are just a plain Graduate among millions of Graduates that India generates every Year…

    and then the Recession…

    I have stopped sharing Ideas with People who do not have any Entrepreneurial instincts..

    No Support from your Family and Friends..

    They will ask “What will you do”?
    What kind of Business?

    @rungss on twitter

    http://bijayrungta.com
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  • http://publicdesigns.com ja1myn

    Thank you so much for this helpful posts! Even though I’ve been running my own business for a while now, when times are tough and my mood is down, it’s always nice to read an optimistic post to help me turn things around. Everything mentioned in that post is true and will help anyone who plans on being successful in running their own company.

  • http://webdesignworkplace.com IronMal

    I would also say have a great website setup with your portfolio as nicely arranged as possible. I’ve gotten a couple jobs locked in after the prospect looked at my portfolio.

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  • W2ttsy

    my biggest fear at the moment is that due to the GFC, it would be hard to get back into a job if the work for yourself option falls over. Even though I have a few months worth of money saved up, its still a scary proposition, especially because a new business brings with it new bills that need to be paid.

  • ShelleyDelayne

    Mark Warnke’s book “ONO” is a really awesome handbook for getting into the entrepreneurial mindset. http://onobook.com/ :)