Get A Plan In Place First

Meg's husband is having some issues at work and wants to stop working for "the man." Meg is trying to convince him to have a plan in place before starting a business. Dave agrees that he needs a plan.

QUESTION: Meg in Kalamazoo says her husband is having some issues at work and wants to stop working for “the man.” He left his job, and Meg is trying to convince him to have a plan in place before he starts his own business. Meg is self-employed, and she’s concerned about their health insurance situation. Dave agrees that Meg’s husband needs a plan.

ANSWER: If you want me to be positive about you driving a car, please indicate to me that you know how to drive a car. You just say, “Listen, you do need to start your own business. As your wife, the only way I’m going to not be freaked out about that is if you have a good game plan. So lay out a game plan. Let me see it. And I’ll help you if you want me to. I’ll direct you toward some books if you want me to.”

You’re right. He might very well be successful, but he won’t be unless he corrects this issue. You can’t just lurch about and impulsively lash and flop around like a fish out of water in business. I don’t care who you are. So right now, all it is is he doesn’t really have a plan. He’s just pissed off and doesn’t want to work there.

Let me give you a couple of books. The book is Quitter by Jon Acuff that he must read. It’s not a long book. It’s a very good book, and it’s exactly written for him. Then I’ll give you the follow-up book for starting and running the business, and that’s my book on business and leadership, EntreLeadership.