Reasons people don’t start a business

09 Feb 2006

Rich Sloan

Rich Sloan is chief startupologist and co-founder of StartupNation and host of StartupNation podcasts. He is also co-author of the acclaimed how-to book, StartupNation: America's Leading Entrepreneurial Experts Reveal the Secrets to Building a Blockbuster Business. Rich encourages you to make a comment under his blog posts or send him a personal message at member nickname, "Rich," here at StartupNation.

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The people who seem to use our site the most – and listen to our show the most – are a mix of people who are either considering becoming an entrepreneur or who are already an entrepreneur, and are looking to grow their business.

Both of these kinds of community members can comment on this question:

What keeps people from starting up?

Some would say "confusion." Some would say "fear." Others would argue that it’s "intimidation"–a feeling that they simply can’t do it.

Or how about "no money"? Still others would say "laziness."

For those of you who’ve made the leap and those of you who have yet to jump in, what IS the reason that you think most people just never start up at all?

We want to know because we want to break down those common barriers and get people headed in the direction of PROGRESS.

Please help with your perspectives.

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