It is easier now than ever before to start your own company. The playing field is wide open and waiting for your idea. The barriers to entry are lower than you think, and the startup costs are less than they used to be. In fact, in most industries, new ways of doings things make the initial startup easier and more convenient than even 5 years ago.
So what does this mean? It means that differentiating yourself is more important than ever. The fact that it is easier to start a company means that more and more people are doing it. To be successful, you need to be doing something that stands out from the crowd. If you are not different, you are going to get lost in the shuffle and miss out on all of the fun.
Most people are afraid to stand out because it means taking a chance. It means that if you fail, you fail in the public eye and you will be embarrassed forever. We have this underlying fear that we will be outcast from society and seen as a fool for the rest of our lives. Wake up! It’s time that you realize that if you fail, you are in the majority. We all fail. People and businesses fail in this country every day. Does that mean we all crowd around them and pelt them with cabbage and tomatoes? There is no public shunning that takes place, and most often these same people or companies come back with a successful venture later.
Get over your fear of standing out, and you will free yourself up to rise to the top. Get people talking about you because your product is so new, or your marketing is so fresh, or your brand is so simple. The more people talk, the more opportunities you have to convert them into customers. Innovation does not have to mean a brand new product that no one ever thought of before. It can be the way you handle your operations, the way you help your customers, the promotions you offer, etc. So if you decide to take advantage of the “open” market and start a business, make it worth your while, stand out.