Overcoming Business Fears

I’ve been obsessed with Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses lately.

My tutoring business is pretty steady. Between 2007 and 2009, I averaged $360/mo. No way is that enough to live on, but that’s enough to help out with the monthly budget.

My day job has cut my hours from 40/wk to 27/wk.

My first reaction was absolute panic. OMG, how am I going to pay the bills??!!

Then I took a step back. I have a little bit of a safety net that others don’t have, with the VA Voc Rehab program helping me pay for grad school. And I have my business.

For the last two school years, I haven’t had enough time or energy to help everyone that has approached me about tutoring. And I was worried about not having enough time/energy to do well in my grad classes.

Cutting my hours at the day job takes care of both those concerns. I still have steady income, even if it’s a less than it was.

And now I have time to build the business.

Which means I need to start advertising again, and doing things to build my business’ blog.

So, I’m reading a ton of small business blogs: ittybiz, erica.biz, fluent self and others. Right now, I’m slowly reading through Erica Douglass’ “Blog Success Manifesto”.

I know her suggestions are good. I know they make sense.

But I’m scared to implement some of them.

What scares me about it? I’m trying to figure that out.

Maybe I’ll actually be successful.

Maybe I won’t be successful.

Maybe I won’t be able to handle having clients want my attention. Maybe I won’t be able to handle running a business.

My day job at a small company makes me think that running a business is way more complicated than anything I can handle.

But reading stories of other people running really small businesses, or micro-businesses, makes me think I *can* do it.

But I still haven’t put a picture on my business blog page, despite that being the #1 recommended thing to do.

What am I afraid of? That someone will see my pic and go running for the hills.

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