For about 10 years, I have been thinking about starting my own company.
Be your own boss, and all that tempting stuff that comes along with accounting and billing.
so being on an absence of leave from my employment as a consultant for Proffice, to study at the university, I found myself in a very interesting situation.
A: I suddenly do not work 8 hours, plus lunch plus commute every day.
B: My finances are sorted out by the Swedish Centrala studiestödsnämnden, who gives out loans to students.
C: Studying Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, I found myself wanting to go more hands on.
Start it all up
Well, I register the firm on the 1st of February, got my tax and banking sorter and today moved one step along the road, sending out my first offering to a customer.
Not a big project, only a few hours but that’s perfectly in line with my business plan.
Why should you care?
Why do I write this here, for the world to read?
Because I want to tell you, don’t wait 10 years like I did.
If you want to start your own company, do it.
Dont wait around for the perfect this and perfect that, let it be a sideshow to your boring day job, just start it up and learn by doing.
What you do today is experience tomorrow
I am happy to have experience from many different fields, because of my work experience during the past 10 years. However, even if I don’t know if it would be for the better of for the worse, I would have had experiences now from running a company if I started a business when I first thought about it.
What is my biggest flaw?
I tend to assume that what I learned by doing, by interest, by working, is things everyone can do if they want to. I do not view my knowledge as special. This has changed since I started at the University, where I find more often than I had expected that my skill set and many of my skills it not at all what “everyone” can do. Partly because everyone does not share the same interests as me, they do not have the same experience as me because the did not travel the same path as me.
Time to improve
Even if I am working on telling people what I am good at, what I can do. I still appreciate what others can offer and seek to find how I can learn from them. Weaknesses are presented to us so that we have something to improve, once we have worked on it for a while and get good at something, we will eventually find something else we want to improve.