There are formal education courses available in colleges and universities, online courses, and even eBooks on the subject.
It is used as a social barrier, identifying those who have, and those who don’t. So…
What Qualifications Do You Need For Business?
The simple answer is, none. You don’t need anything.
Sure, there are some vocations which require a qualification, or certification, as one would expect.
But, you know that you can’t perform surgery without a professional institute endorsing your abilities to do so.
You’ll need to apply yourself
Some people are held back by the perception that they need to have a qualification to start their own business. For some, it’s just a misunderstanding, for others, it’s a self imposed barrier to their own success.
Thankfully, qualifications don’t make much difference to a small start-up. The time and money you have to invest, does. Help from others is definitely a bonus. But, the business of doing business, has nothing to do with the education system. Business has occurred in humanity long before Jeff’s eBook, or that degree.
There’s nothing wrong with learning. But you can do that without attending an establishment, and without spending a penny. And, if your intention is to start your own business, you may not need to.
Every person has the capacity to strive, and while the Rat Race may reward you for your qualifications and social standing, the small business world is a little more discerning. Unless you have a bucket of cash to pour in, or a free leg up coming, you’ll need to apply yourself.
Common sense and Drive For Business
According to this 2013 article in ‘The Guardian‘, between 27.2% – 40.2% of the UK population has a degree. But, it doesn’t matter if you’re not one of them. Not when it comes to starting a small business. What does matter, is your personal Drive.
Things being equal, to start a business you only need that personality trait, Drive.
Are you willing to do the research? To put in the daily effort? To invest your time? To cut your losses, dust yourself off, and start again?
As I explained in a previous post, one of the keys to a successful online business, is perseverance. Just sticking it out. That is evidence of the Drive that is required. And it can be the difference between failure and success.
All you need is common sense and Drive.
Anyone Can Start A Business
Starting and running your own business is about the application of your vision. From the initial market research, to your first sale, it’s all on you. You need to apply yourself, with the same professionalism as with the day job.
Being your own boss can mean working longer hours, investing your own cash and enduring the occasional failure. But, you don’t need any qualifications to join the club.
Don’t let a lack of formal qualifications hold you back.
*Jeff’s eBook is fictitious. Any comparison is merely coincidental.
** I’m working on my own business eBook as we speak.
*** If you’re confused about what you can and can’t do without qualifications, please seek legal advice.
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