I can`t remember who posted the reference, but not long ago we had a book recommendation: "The Alchemist
," by Paulo Coelho.
It`s an allegorical tale about going after one`s dream, life destiny,
or "personal legend." The author speaks about the four obstacles we
face, whenever we decide to really follow our passion. It`s a fun,
short, easily read inspirational book that gathers together a huge
amount of real truth.
The answer to any question is almost always included in the statement
of the question itself, when the question is properly phrased. In your
own question, you essentially are saying, "How can I start an
accounting business when I have no degree?"
I`d suggest that your fear isn`t about starting a business, but about
credibility. You believe that the days of the "self-made" man are over,
and that unless you have a couple or twenty degrees and diplomas
sitting on your wall, nobody will hire you.
Following through on that, the next problem seems to be that you`re
looking at starting a business as a "replacement" for getting a job.
The issue isn`t whether or not anyone will "hire you." The issue is
whether or not you can fill someone`s needs, make their life easier,
save them money, and so forth.
You`re not looking for people who might be interested! That descends
from the employee mindset or mentality. You envision a world of people
who are doing "just fine, thank you," and require all sorts of
convincing before they`ll "somehow" hand over some money.
No, what you`re looking for are people who hate accounting, don`t like
to do numbers, hate tracking their receipts, and freak out about taxes
and the IRS. You`re the "white knight," riding in and telling them
"Fear Not! I will bring you comfort, peace, and joy!" :-D
Put out a local flyer, advertisement, card on a bulletin board, and
title it something like, "Do You Hate Accounting?" Then right below
that, something like, "I`ll deal with the numbers---You enjoy your
life!" See what happens.
Starting a business includes "stage fright." Most of us are deeply
fearful of suddenly being put in the spotlight. We worry that our
zipper`s undone, our bra will fall off, we have a zit the size of
Delaware on our forehead, and that everyone knows we`re an idiot. If it
isn`t one of those, we`ll create a couple of other monsters for people
to see, laugh and point, and rush us off the stage.
There`s only one antidote for stage fright----experience. You either
get up on the stage and live through it, or you never accomplish