What is keeping you from starting a new business?

You may believe the time isn’t right to start a new business. The pandemic and the economic downturn have meant immense changes to the business landscape. At the same time, however, there have been many businesses that have survived and even thrived in this environment.

Do you have an idea for a business that could thrive right now? Now may actually be a great time to get started. Money is available for the right startup and there is less competition.

That said, there are challenges that may be keeping you on the fence. Here are five of the most common ones, along with possible solutions:

Money

Without a lot in savings, you may think you won’t be able to fund a new business properly. Yet a few hundred dollars a month in savings or from a side gig could make it possible to get started.

Alternatively, consider these five ways to fund your business, including various lending options and even crowdfunding.

Lack of experience

To build a successful startup, you need a good understanding of the industry, your competition and the general principles of business management.

Now could be a great time to invest time into gaining the experience you need. Consider taking an online course about business management or writing an effective business plan. Study the market and what your competitors are offering.

You’re busy right now

Maybe you’ve got enough on your plate already. You may have a full-time job and your personal responsibilities may have exploded during the pandemic.

Are you going to let temporary circumstances keep you from your dream? See if there is any way you can hire help or get a less taxing job. Organize your time and finances. There may never be a “right time” to start a business; you have to make now the right time.

You can’t take the stress

The first few years of a new business are tough. You can be on the verge of failure for a long time, then gradually begin to break even and make a profit. It can wreak havoc on your peace of mind.

The only way around this is through. If you’ve decided that starting a business is for you, resign yourself to the extra stress. Keep in mind that you’re building something for yourself and the rewards you reap will be your own.

You’re afraid of failing

Half of new companies fail within five years. Failure is part of the equation when you start a business. Try to see failure as an opportunity for growth and learning instead of the end of the road. Also, you may be able to improve your odds with the help of an experienced business attorney.