Do I Have to Be an Expert to Start a Business?

Are you waiting in the background, listening, learning, but never doing? Are you feeling like you’re just not “expert” enough to actually start your own business so you just stay stagnant, never moving forward, always watching others succeed in their businesses? If so, I’ve got great news.

Expert is a Myth

The most common myth people believe is that you must be an “expert” in your field in order to start your own business. That you must be an “expert” for someone to listen to you, to see you as an expert, or to ever purchase from you.

My question to you is, what is an expert?

When someone hears expert they immediately start doubting their skills, doubting their knowledge set and doubting their abilities. They say to themselves that they’ll start their business after they’ve got a few more years of experience under their belt or when they have attained XYZ degree. It’s unfortunate but it’s true. We feel we need this validation from something or someone in order to pursue our dreams; in order for us to feel like we are worthy or “expert” enough to do so.

Well, I’ve got a news flash for you. You do not have to be an “expert” in order to do what you love. There, I said it. Doesn’t it feel good to hear that and to feel free to move forward with your life and business?

Just “Do It”

Look at what the almighty Webster Dictionary says an expert means; “having or showing special skill or knowledge because of what you have been taught or what you have experienced”. It did not say you had to have X number of years in the field or X number of clients you’ve worked with. It doesn’t say you need 20 testimonials or a degree hanging on your wall.

Look at some of the most famous entrepreneurs out there such as Sir Richard Branson or Mark Zuckerberg. Even Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were around 20 and 21 years of age with little to no experience, were definitely not experts, yet they built multi-billion dollar companies!

What did they all have in common? They wanted to provide value and a service to people. They had passion and drive plus the mindset and courage to just “do it”. They didn’t listen to the naysayers and they didn’t let that little voice in the back of their mind tell them they were too inexperienced to succeed. They believed in themselves and in their future and just went for it.

Steps to move forward

Now, I don’t want you to be too hard on yourself. I too have dabbled in this self-sabotaging act which held me back from my potential for years! I was a continuous learner and implementer of knowledge and had a passion and drive, however I never had any real clients, never made thousands of dollars with my skills, and definitely wasn’t considered a “expert” by anyone. So what did I do? I let those self-limiting beliefs stop me from creating a life and business that I wanted. I undervalued my skills and strengths by not thinking I’m an “expert”, until one day I said enough is enough. If I want to make something of my life then I just need to go for it at whatever stage I am at. So I did and I’ve never looked back.

You need to make the decision to overcome the fear of people rejecting you because you feel you aren’t expert enough. You need to overcome the fear of people not working with you because you’ve never had a client before in your life. You’ll never have a client until you start. Just know that you have enough knowledge and skills to help people who are less knowledgeable than you are. That’s all you need.

So if there is one piece of advice I can give you to help you propel forward and not let being an “expert” stop you is this: There will never be a better time in your entire life for you to live your dream of entrepreneurship. Start today, learn and grow as you go, and continue to help people with your products or services. We need more people to help make the world a better place.

Jessica Walman is a business strategist for new and struggling entrepreneurs. Join Jessica’s newsletter for mentoring opportunities and weekly business tips to jumpstart your online business.


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