"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."
Peter Drucker, management guru.
Running your own business takes guts, no doubt about it. But if you have fears, you are not alone. According to research by Business Link in 2011, fear is preventing one in three people from starting up on their own.
It's perfectly natural to worry about running a new business, however small. Every small successful business owner has to contend with doubts and fears. And everyone, from Richard Branson to James Dyson, freely admits they have made mistakes. The crucial thing is to learn from them.
Fears about starting up a business are not irrational. But if you can learn how to harness your fears and channel your energy into creating a successful business. Every new business venture is a journey into the unknown. But with careful planning, you can minimise the risks and maximise the rewards.
Our guide offers advice on how to make your fears work for your business:
Do you have what it takes to run your own business?
Are you a typical entrepreneur?
Create a positive attitude
Improving your skills – and getting help