If you’re planning to start a business, you’ll probably get lots of comments from your friends and family, and this barrage will continue even until your venture is already several years old. This can be irritating at first, particularly when the statements come from people who have not created or managed a business in their entire lifetime. But what you have to realize is that most of these people are well-meaning and that their comments are quite harmless — as long as you don’t let them get to you.
The best way to handle them is to know what these opt-repeated questions, remarks, and so-called advice are and determine how to properly respond to them. Here are a few examples:
“Wow, you must have lots of free time!”
You’ll hear this often especially when you run your business from home. Since you’re at home most of the time, people will assume that you’ll work a couple of hours then spend the rest of the day watching TV and eating ice cream (which is nowhere near the truth). It’s up to you how to counter this statement; you might want to outline the tasks you do every day and/or say that your strict clients usually don’t leave you with enough time to relax.
“Aren’t you scared that your business would fail?”
Some of the people who ask this are genuinely concerned about your business’s future, while others simply want to check if you’re realistic enough with your expectations. Whatever the motive, you can assure them that you’re aware of the small business failure rate and are determined not to make your venture a statistic.
“I can’t believe you get paid to do that.”
This is a common remark for non-traditional businesses as well as those that focus in technology. If you hear someone say this, don’t get too defensive; instead, lightly point out that your niche exists simply because there’s a need for your products and/or services. For instance, if you run a professional organizing business, you can highlight the fact that a lot of people are too busy with their jobs to tidy up their homes, which is where you come in.
“Is your partner/spouse/parent ready to support you?”
A lot of people assume that entrepreneurs have to lean on somebody else while they get their business off the ground. This is true for many business owners and perhaps also for you but, if it is, you don’t owe anybody an explanation. What you and your loved ones agree on is a private concern and, more likely than not, you’ll do your best to make up for any financial help you receive once your business gets on the right track.
You’ll hear these things more than once in your life, but you can train yourself to respond appropriately or even just ignore them. To know more about becoming an entrepreneur, you can contact me, Paul Barradell. As a small business owner and a business coach, I can help you get your venture started and learn how to be closer to success.