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Startup your own business: do you have what it takes?

Startup your own business: do you have what it takes? Ask 10 people in a job this question and you will get a huge variance in answers, most of them risk averse, scarcity and fearful responses. Ask 10 positive, successful business owners and you will get pointed towards just a couple of attributes, likely to be ‘passion’ for what you do and a high level of: commitment, tenacity, dedication and similar such synonyms. So, how do you know that you’ve got what it takes to being your own boss; being one of the every growing number of UK’s self-employed?


Taking away all of the office politics, your irritating boss, your commute to work, are you passionate about what you do? Do you have a hobby, interest outside of working hours that you love to do and given half the chance if you could do all day long you’d love to? If you’re answering yes to all or any of those questions so far then you have the first, important attribute to being your own boss and developing your own business start up. Alternatively you may be like me 10 years ago with absolutely no idea of what your passion is, you just know you haven’t found it yet. If you fall into the latter camp download my ‘Career Change: 5 Simple Steps’ to help you find your passion.

Tenacity and Commitment

Once you’ve found your passion; the foundation of any successful startup business owner, tenacity and commitment are the next must-have attributes to turn your passion into an income. Develop a strategy for startup success, or better still hire a business coach to help you create a plan with clarity and direction and all the steps you need to take action on to generate interest and sales. For the implementation of this startup plan you need to be armed with unwielding self-belief and confidence that what you offer will deliver the right results to the right people. Commitment to your own cause.

Ability to ask for help

You’ve heard the first year, two, three years are the hardest, some even say the first 10 years! At every stage or level are you willing to ask for help? You would never expect to start a new job without training, colleagues around you, a boss to ask for advice, so why startup in business and expect to be able to do it all yourself? There are hundreds, thousands of startups who have gone before you, do your research find business owners you respect and admire and ask for help and support. Business coaches on the whole offer free strategy calls, consultations take them up on their offer. Successful business owners who have been around a while will attest to still having a big support team around them.

Clare Whalley celebrated 10 years in business in 2017. A great milestone to achieve. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.

Clare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.

Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.

To find out more about my small business coaching programs click to download here or to have a chat with Clare to find out more about how coaching can help you and your business book in for a free one hour business strategy session