- It takes time and work to build up business and income, and a large amount of the income will need to be reinvested into your business for the first little while. Do not expect your business to be an overnight success, and be grateful that you aren't likely to be afflicted with that. Overnight successes tend to blow up in people's faces. Lack of knowledge and experience cause companies to implode from over-expansion.
- You're going to have to wear a lot of hats at the start of your business. You're not usually going to be able to afford to hire people to do the things that you don't know how to do. This means a very steep learning curve. Business ownership means everything from accounting to marketing to website building - never mind whatever product or service you're selling. You'll need to understand social media, and find ways of utilizing it without overwhelming yourself. If you don't know how to build your own website, most hosting companies provide programs to help you with that, but they can get confusing when it comes to selling online with e-commerce sites.
- You have to be comfortable selling, either yourself or your products. Every business involves the exchange of something for money - sales, in other words - be it products or services. If you can't or won't sell, you're not going to get very far. That being said, there are a large number of ways to sell if you're uncomfortable with face-to-face interaction. You can sell through auctions, or market electronically and by mail, and there's the old stand-by of using flyers. Word-of-mouth helps, too. If you have friends that are willing to spread the word, don't be afraid to ask them for help. If you're good with phrasing or writing in general, you may find the electronic world to be your oyster.
What would you do for free because you love it so much?