Everyone said I was crazy when I quit my high-level job and started my first business, a marketing consulting firm, in the fall of 1989-just at the start of the 1990s recession. I knew that with change comes opportunity and that there is much less security in working for others than in working for yourself.
I was right. While my fellow MBA graduates were being laid off from their corporate jobs, I was earning more than I’d ever made working for anyone else, with the added satisfaction of knowing I was creating my own opportunities and I was in control of my own destiny.
Rather than sitting around an office wondering when my company would announce cutbacks, I was out marketing myself and getting business.
Now, I didn’t have the comfort of a spouse to support me. In fact, I was paying a mortgage on my own and later supporting a child too. I didn’t even have the luxury of having my family around to help with childcare. If I didn’t keep my business going, we would be in serious trouble.
I have to admit that I never took my success for granted-quite the opposite. Even when I was earning $125 per hour back in the 1990s as a marketing consultant, I still spent time calculating how long it would take to become homeless in case I never got another project. Looking back, I call this my “Bag Lady Fear Phase.”
By the way, now that I’ve been an entrepreneur for 20 years, I don’t think about this anymore. I’m not as nervous as I was back when I was first getting accustomed to the idea of living without a guaranteed paycheck every week.
So if you go through your own “Bag Lady Fear Phase” as you start your home staging business, don’t let it scare you into thinking you’re on the wrong path or that you need to run back to the “security” of working for someone else.
Download a copy of the free Ask Staging Diva Report: “Can I grow a home staging business in a depressed economy?” for lots of information about the economy and it’s effect on real estate and the home staging industry. You’ll also learn ways to become financially secure, and where to find money that you could put towards starting your business.
At the end of the day, you must take a deep breath, try to calm your fears and keep going!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould developed the Staging Diva Training Program to create opportunities for others to grow their own profitable home staging businesses. There are currently over 1000 Staging Diva Graduates around the world. Debra encourages anyone concerned about starting or growing a home staging business in today’s economy to download her free special report: “Ask Staging Diva: Can I grow a home staging business in a depressed economy?”[tags] fear of starting a home staging business, home stager, home staging, entrepreneur staging diva, debra gould, home staging training[/tags]