Starting your own business is a challenge, and unless you’re extremely lucky, you’re going to run into situations where your limitations are stopping you from moving forward.
These limitations could be a variety of things, from a lack of money or time to a certain underdeveloped skillset. This can be frustrating, but there are ways for you to work around these blocks and get them out of your way.
Are you looking at all your options?
You may not be carefully examining all of your options. For example, if you needed a particular program to do some of your work, but it cost too much for you to purchase, you would think that you’re stuck.
However, there are ways around this type of obstacle. There are often free versions of programs or free alternatives that you can use until you have the money together to afford the version you wanted.
For example, Photoshop can be a bit pricey when you're starting out, but there are free alternatives (like Canva) available that can do many of the same things. It's not the same as Photoshop, but it will get you started very quickly.
A mentor or sounding board is brilliant in this situation. They can help you see your limits and overcome them.
Are you Limited by Time?
When it comes to the limitation of time, you may have to start cutting out things in your life that you enjoy doing. Look carefully at your own schedule and how you allocate your time.
You might be spending a lot of free time watching TV or engaging in other activities, and you might have to temporarily cut those out in order to get the ball rolling. This doesn’t mean that you’ll never relax again, but in the early formative stages of a business, there’s not much room for recreation. In fact, you might even have to cut out binge-watching the Queen's Gambit on Netflix for a few weeks as you get your business in order.
As your business grows, look to outsource. This not only helps keep you motivated in terms of “omg I have to pay my VA I'd better make some sales” but it also helps you focus on income-generating activities.
Finally, there’s the limitation of skill sets.
You will no doubt encounter a situation in which you’re poorly equipped to deal with the task at hand due to a lack of certain skills.
There are many options available for learning new skills. You could ask somebody that you know who does have experience in that area who might be willing to share some of their knowledge.
You could also find free or paid online courses that you can learn from, but be sure to take the time to properly learn them. Many people will watch an online course and quickly apply the skills they just learned, only to promptly forget about them. In order to avoid these problems in the future, check out the Online Visibility Academy where the courses are structured so that you retain the skills for longer.
If you're ready to let go of your excuses and overcome your limits, then stop by and say hello on this video from Kevin about “No Excuses”