How To Overcome The Fear Of Starting Your Own Business


There are many things in life that scare the living daylights out of me. Starting my own business was one of them. When you have poured half of your life and soul into something you want to succeed, you don’t want other people to watch it fall. It’s like sending your child off for the first day of school, will they be liked? Have I done enough? But, it’s the anxieties we have that hold us back. How do you expect to grow and become successful if you don’t at least try? Overcoming fear in business is something you will always have to struggle with, here’s a handy guide to help you with it!

1. If at first you don’t succeed then try, try, and try again!

No business was built overnight, and no business was perfect from day one. Don’t feel disheartened if your blog hasn’t taken off, or if your business isn’t making you any money at the moment. Businesses are built off of hard work, dedication, and belief. Whenever I feel like I keep failing, and failing and not getting anywhere, I like to refer back, funnily enough to Abraham Lincoln. He had gone through failure after failure in his life, but never gave up. And it’s important that you don’t either.

2. Keep learning

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3. Do your research

What most entrepreneurs face is not knowing where to start. And it’s a hurdle we all have to jump over. But, remember that every successful business started off the same. You don’t have to do a business course in university to be in the know, but there are some online courses that can help. These successful women weren’t just printed straight off the press, they became them. Buy books, read up online. You want to know where to begin starting a successful blog, then get yourself The Ultimate Blogging Plan. Put in the time, the effort and THE RESEARCH. Feeling organized will eradicate some of those fears.

4. Make a business plan

It’s important to outline your aims, what you want from your business, and what people should expect from you. Set up your business plan, and it will help you breathe. Your thoughts and ideas won’t be scattered around your head but clear and concise on paper. Feel the tension slip away with a step-by-step plan that will keep your ideas on track!

5. Be realistic about money

The one worrying factor for any business is money. Especially when you don’t have any. But not all businesses need money to be created. Start-ups are famous for not having much money circulating, and that’s the point. Your business is going to need a little bit of investment to get it running. But there are many cheap ways you can do this, so don’t get deflated before you even create it!

6. You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs

Your business is always going to be difficult, it’s just dealing with these difficulties that are going to shape it. You will soon realize that everything goes wrong, even the simplest of things. That’s just something you’re going to have to get used to. The hard work has to be consistent, you’re the only one that’s going to make it happen.

7. Don’t stop believing 

It’s your idea. You believe in it already, so it’s something worth pursuing. Even if it doesn’t achieve your highest expectations, be proud that you did it anyway. Know your idea, take advantage of the market around you and see where you can excel. The belief and confidence in your idea will eradicate any fear. How can you expect your customers or readers to believe in what you’re putting out if you don’t believe in it yourself?

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  1. Bookmarking this page!! I just launched my blog (after about 5 years of humming and hawing over it).
    I am loving this new adventure, and it is really something I love to do. Thanks for this post, just what I needed to read this morning!


  2. Great article!! I would add that every time you fear owning your business or feel like giving up, think of the payoff: do you really want to be owned by someone else and work on building THEIR dreams instead of yours? I know it sounds selfish and we all succeed better if we collaborate, but the reality is that there are a lot of toxic work environments out there where people are not being appreciated and supported in their career goals and skills as they should. When you do what you love, you do much better work! :)


  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this post. What a great article, after feeling so nervous about starting my own blog and hopefully business this has rejuvenated the motivation and inspiration in me (you’ve made me exciting again). My nerves have finally settled thanks to these great tips so honestly, thank you once again.

    Chloe |

  4. Lovely inspiring advice. Xx thank you x

    Very Best Wishes.

    Keep Calm and start writing –

  5. love this!!
    no one should EVER give up!!

  6. I seriously needed to read this, I’ve been so discouraged lately and need to remind myself that Rome wasn’t built in a day! Thanks for that reminder

    Laura @

  7. It’s so important to keep going, and progress isn’t always a straight road! Thanks for sharing this reassuring article, I really liked number 6 haha

  8. I soooo want to get my hands on your book!

    Ellie xx

  9. I bought my ticket for 115 GBP and now you are offering them for 20GBP? You must be kidding me!
    I attended all the CG Academy events (November 2016 and January 2017), and if the price is 20GBP this will be my last time for sure. This made me disgusted! Seriously! It’s 95GBP more for the same ticket!

  10. Hi Ana.
    Don’t worry, the 20GBP ticket is a digital pass, so anyone who bought that ticket will get access to the talks from the day that they can watch wherever they are in the world, and access to the Facebook page. Your ticket gets you access to the event, a goodie bag, survival bag, a copy of the book, cocktails, canapes, dinner, networking and drinks! Hope that clears things up for you – and look forward to seeing you tomorrow! x

  11. Thanks for your help Beth. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I loved the event today and you girls rock ;)

  12. You are such a motivation. I am very inspired now to go for my dreams.
    Have a nice sunday. Love, Esther

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