The saying “You have to crawl before you walk,” is definitely fixed in my head after reading “Start Small, Finish Big” by Fred DeLuca.
If you are currently stuck on your Entrepreneurial Journey, no worries, I have a few guidelines that may assist you. Now my main tip for today is to go and get this book, the success stories will amaze you.
I’ll give you a snippet of one that really inspired me.
Fred DeLuca, a seventeen year-old that just graduated from high school, was sitting at a barbeque conversing about how he should raise money to pay for college. A family friend, Peter Buck suggested that he open a small sandwich shop. Thus, “Peter’s Super Submarine” was born and that later evolved into the Infamous “Subway.”
He was 17 years of age, a budding entrepreneur like you and he was getting ready to embark on a journey that led to his empire!
Fred was unaware of what his business would grow into years later, so his first plan of action to start small provided him with the foundation of finishing big. He was an example of a microentrepreneur, which is a person who forges small ideas today and starts their business tomorrow.
There are plenty of successful microentrepreneurs, however, there would be more if people would just have more faith in themselves. The common misconception about starting a business is that you need a lot of money in order to even think about starting one up. A large amount of starting capital may be the case in a really large venture, but it is not always required.
Get your pencils out! Here are the prerequisites for starting Entrepreneurship 101.
- Develop your million-dollar idea,
- save a enough money to get it trademark or incorporated,
- embrace the desire to be successful,
- understand that the sky is the limit, and
- do not tell everyone what you are doing.
Sharing something that you passionately believe in with someone else that share the same passion, may do more harm than benefit for your dream.
Most microentrepreneurs are the most innocent of them all, these are the people who see a need for something and the next day have a solution to fill that need.
Like Paul Orfalea, who noticed the hard work of businessmen on the go and came up with an ingenious idea. He leased a copy machine and space in a garage to house his business and the rest is the history behind Kinkos. Anything is possible when you see a need and develop the seed to make it grow. Enhance your “Inner Microentrepreneur” and start your BIG dream with small steps.
All you have to do is believe in yourself whole heartedly, perfect the tunnel vision of where you want to be, put one foot in front of the other and GO!