When you’re chewing over the idea of self-employment feeling underqualified is a close second in your top three ‘things to shit the bed about’ after money.
Perhaps you feel compelled to take a training course or a degree to get up to speed and reassure yourself that you’re capable. I say go for it if there’s a legal requirement but otherwise ask yourself this: can you get by on what you already know?
Probably. So what’s really stopping you from taking the leap now, rather than later?
Sometimes re-training is just another procrastination behaviour in disguise. A hangover from your school days when you thought a bit of paper with a grade on it meant something. At the root of your fretting I’ll wager you’re just worried people will think you’re a fraud without letters after your name, or maybe you’ve been comparing your worst against other people’s best in the name of ‘market research’ and think a course will plug the gap in your confidence.
A much more powerful way to gain a head start is to simply talk to people. Get yourself out there in the right places from day one. Even though it turns my stomach there’s a reason why the lizard elite secure their positions of power: it’s the old boys network. Yet us tadpoles at the bottom can build our own equivalent with 100% less getting buggered by the Latin master.
So meet people, do kindly favours and chat positively about what you do (or want to do). Start small and stick at it.
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