Starting your own business can feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t have previous experience in the industry. But not having experience shouldn’t be a reason to give up your dreams of business ownership. In fact, if you have the right support and a good work ethic, you are closer than you think to having everything you need to start a successful business of your own.


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If you have been wondering how to start a business in an industry you’ve never worked in before, the best place to start is to take stock of what you know and the skills you already possess. Many technical and professional skills can be used successfully in different contexts, and owning a small business is no different. You may find that your interpersonal skills, communication skills, or organizational skills may be much more valuable to you than any direct work experience. This is especially true if you choose to start a franchise business. In most cases, franchise business owners come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds, but tend to share qualities that help them become successful small business owners. If you have a good skill set, you can learn the rest of what you need to know about the industry.


Get the Right Support

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when planning how to start a small business is not seeking out and using all available resources. If you’ve never been your own boss before, you may be concerned about all the trial and error that often comes with starting a business from scratch. Of course, when you choose a franchise business instead, you will have all the training and support you need to build a successful business. Going with a Neighborly brands franchise, in particular, will give you access to some of the best training, resources, and support currently available. In a very real sense, the support you get as a franchise business owner just might be all you really need to become a successful business owner in your new industry.


New call-to-actionTrust the Process

Sometimes, people think that to start a successful small business, they need to do something completely new or different from what is already out there. But the fact is that most small businesses do no start out trying to re-invent the wheel. Instead, to know how to start a business that will succeed, all you need is to find a niche that fits your goals and interests and make it your own. For example, the home services industry is one of the top industries for new franchise business owners because extensive industry experience is not necessarily required to be successful. What franchise companies like Neighborly have done is to lay the groundwork for new franchise owners. This means that when you choose to start a franchise, as a new business owner you can rely on a proven business model, efficient technological tools, and a new way to approach the role of a business owner. By putting your trust in the process – and believing in yourself, that you can do it! – you may find that your dreams of business ownership are suddenly a real possibility.


If you’ve been wondering how to start a small business, Neighborly has the answer! A great place to start is by downloading our 'Are You Ready to Be Your Own Boss' Infographic and 'Five Purposes of a Business' Worksheet. Then, contact us to get started on your own path to business ownership! New Call-to-action

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