Why 2016 is the year of the entrepreneur

Experts say 2016 could be the year of the entrepreneur. EntreCon 2016 can help you get ready. Bruce Graner/Studer Community Institute

Did EntreCon Pensacola 2015 set your mind whirring?

Are you mulling whether now is the time to pursue the goals you have to start or expand your business?

Inc.com suggests that 2016 could be the year of the entrepreneur. Author Minda Zetlin writes in “5 Really Good Reasons Why You Should Start a Business in 2016” that finances and “it” factor may be coalescing to make this the time to do your own thing.

She writes:

Have you been dreaming about starting your own business? This coming year is the time to stop dreaming and start doing.

That advice comes from the personal finance site GOBankingRates. The site’s editors asked best-selling author and career coach Josh Felber for his best finance tips for the coming year. His top piece of advice was that “2016 is the year to break free from mediocrity and society’s ‘norms.’ Now is the time to quit your 9-to-5 job and become an entrepreneur.”

Among those points: financing may be easier to get in 2016, thanks to increasing approval rates for small business loans, availability of venture capital and new rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission about crowdsourcing new businesses.

And then there’s this,

Starting a business is something like having a child: If you wait for the perfect moment, you’ll wind up waiting forever. Too many people fall deep into the habit of working for someone else, and the longer you do it, the harder that habit is to break, Felber says.

So break it now. There’s no reason for waiting any longer.

Inspired? The dates for EntreCon 2016 are set — Nov. 3 and 4. Click here to get your priority passes for next year’s two-day conference designed to help entrepreneurs get the resources and inspiration they need to start or grow a business.

The deadline is Dec. 31. Need a refresher of this year’s EntreCon? Click the TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT tab at studeri.org for details, video tips from our guest speakers, photos, stories and more.