Go! Ready! Set! - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Q: I’ve just turned 30 and I am married with six children. I have been an engineering recruiter for the last seven years with the same firm. Now I want to branch out on my own, but I run into the same problem every time I think about being independent: funding. I recently purchased a home so I have no money saved, but I know my ideas are cash cows [that can generate] huge financial gains. I don’t want another job; I want to run my own company.
K. Jackson, Houston

A: The impatience of too many would-be entrepreneurs makes them want to do things out of order. They think “Go! Ready! Set!” instead of “Ready! Set! Go!” Right now, you are not prepared for the risks of starting a business, no matter how great the financial potential of your ideas.

This does not mean, however, that you can’t immediately pursue your entrepreneurial goals. You’re not ready to go, but you are ready to get ready. Starting now, make the necessary changes in your spending to rebuild your savings, as cushion for after you launch your business (when you may have little or no income to rely on).

Now is also the time to research your ideas—but don’t do this alone. You will only tell yourself what you want to hear: that your business ideas can’t fail to make you rich. Check out the University of Houston Small Business Development Centers (www.sbdc.uh.edu) and the Service Corps. of Retired Executives (www.score.org).

Every business idea seems like a cash cow to the one who dreamed it up. Verify the potential of yours before putting your family’s security —and the roof over your heads—at risk.

Mail your motivational questions to: Help Yourself, BLACK ENTERPRISE 130 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011
or send an e-mail to: edmonda@blackenterprise.com.

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He has also hosted The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor.

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