The 7 Most Popular Excuses Why Not To Build a Startup

Day after day I hear about new ideas for startups. From my friends, from my family, from people I don’t know. Only about the ideas. Because they don’t even try to implement them.

Day after day I hear about new ideas for startups. From my friends, from my family, from people I don’t know. Only about the ideas. Because they don’t even try to implement them.

Why? Well, they will always find some reason. Some excuse.

All of them are bullshit of course. If you really want to build a business – simply do it and don’t look for excuses.

Let’s face them. Let’s face all of the most popular excuses.

I don’t have time.

Bullshit #1.

We all have the same number of minutes per day. We all have 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Reduce number of beers you drink during the week, reduce number of meetings with your friends, reduce number of movies you watch, stop watching TV.

Find all the additional (unnecessary) activities you have, which cost you time and reduce them to a minimum.

And what’s even more important – start to wake up earlier!

I don’t have money.

Bullshit #2.

You don’t need to have a lot of money to build a startup. You can find one, two or three co-founders and do as much as you can on your own. Without paying for anything.

You don’t need to pay for ads. You can create content and promote your startup e.g. in social media, through your friends.

You don’t need to have a fancy office. Yes, you can work from home.

I don’t have skills.

Bullshit #3.

School? You know such a word, right? Don’t have some particular skill? Learn! Go to school, attend to conferences and meetups, try some online (or offline) trainings and courses. And train, train, train.

What’s also worth to mention here…

You (I mean you, you!) don’t need to have all the skills. You (as a team) need to have all the necessary skills.

So stop saying that you don’t have skills. Learn and improve yourself or find a co-founder, who has the skills you need.

I have a full-time job.

Bullshit #4.

You know how many entrepreneurs had full-time jobs while they were starting their businesses? Come on! That’s not an excuse.

Start waking up earlier, work at night, at weekends. You are tired? You know, I don’t care at all. Want to build the business? Work!

I don’t know people.

Bullshit #5.

Oh really? So build connections (here’s why it’s so important in business).

Attend to conferences, start reading blogs and connect with authors, start to follow influencers on social media, invite some entrepreneur for a coffee, try yourself in some hackathon or other competition, go to some party which entrepreneurs/influencers attend.

There’s something similar on the market already.

Bullshit #6.

So what? What really counts is an implementation, an execution, not an idea.

Whatever idea you have – probably there’s someone who has quite a similar idea and has already implemented it. Maybe not in your city, not in your country, not on your continent. But somewhere in the world… for sure.

Don’t look at your competitors. Don’t be afraid of them. Build as great a product as possible and then… try to sell it. There could be a ton of companies like yours on the market. But if you have a really good product, you know how to promote and sell it – you can still win.

I have a family. A wife, kids, mortgage.

Bullshit #7.

Have some savings in your bank account? So you can burn them.

Don’t have savings? Don’t quit your full-time job and work at night.

Are you afraid that your family could suffer because of your startup/business? So talk to them. Explain everything to them, ask them for help. And try to work when they sleep or are outside the house, while when they’re near – do whatever you can to make them happy.


The 7 Most Popular Excuses Why Not To

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