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The world can be a scary place. Anyone who has ventured out into the Real World to start a business on their own will likely attest, it takes big brawn and nerves of steel to set aside all of your comforts and safety nets and really jump into the unknown to chase a dream.

So hold take a breath, hold your nose, and jump!

In 2013, we’re starting to see a resurgence of economic growth. Wallets are waking up, and so are peoples’ spirits. With new growth comes a renewed energy to venture into the unknown and try something new.

What should you keep in mind when you’re considering a walk into the Wealth Wilderness? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Choose something that you love. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that jumping ship into the Great Unknown in favor of something that you’re just lukewarm about doesn’t make sense. You’ll be putting a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears (as well as many, many hours) into your new endeavor. If you’re heart isn’t into it from the very beginning, you’ll never be successful. I may sound obvious, but often times, people just don’t realize that the formula to success is a combination of passion and hard work. Without each of these, the equation doesn’t work out properly.
  • Network! Your kids’ best friends’ parents, that guy you always manage to end up next to at the grocery store, the people that run the little pet food shop that you and Fido always go to… they’re all potential customers, and they all have some potentially great advice waiting to be tapped. Other resources that you’ll need to be sure to tap into? Take a look at the LinkedIn organizations that are either in your community or in your industry; the folks in these groups can offer you an invaluable look at things that can make you successful.
  • Embrace the inevitable. Facebook and Twitter are here to stay, and no matter your age, industry, or social media skills, you’ll need to learn to link up with the world of cyberspace.
  • Be open to feedback. Even Einstein had critics, and Bill Gates and Steve Jobs certainly didn’t become who they became over night. The truth is, if you could be that amazing without any help or constructive criticism, you’d already be there. We all need a little help along the way in life, and every word, no matter how big or small, will help form the new you. Even if you hear super nasty things, at least you’ll learn something about how NOT to talk to someone when a person comes to you for business advice in a few years!
  • Do your research. Chances are, no matter what you do, you must be pretty darned good at it or you wouldn’t be considering doing it for a living. Be it vacuum cleaner repair or piano lesson teaching, you’re an expert in your field, and you probably know almost everything there is to know about your subject. But the subject of owning your own business is a completely separate world.
  • Leverage your resources. While you’re amazing at what you do, try to remember that you don’t have to do everything; other people are amazing at what they do, too, and together, this makes the world go ’round. Not sure how to do your books? That’s why we have accountants! Know you need great content on your website but hate writing? That’s why we have great content writers!

Finally — HAVE FUN! The world is full of unknowns, and some people aren’t willing to explore what’s out there, thus leaving the world almost as unknown as it was when they got there. Be proud of yourself for being willing to venture out and try something new, and take a picture along the way!  You’ll want to remember this moment years from now when you look back at the beginnings of your successful small business that you built with big nerve!