The traditionalists

You could start you own business, but you need to do this course first, get this experience first, work for longer in the industry first.

The hedgers

You could start your own business, but only as soon as you’ve saved up some money to start with, paid off all your debt, have enough money to live on for a year.

The waiters

You could start your own business, but just wait a bit longer and see what happens, first.

The competition

You could start your own business, but there are a dozen of those businesses; the industry doesn’t have room for yours too.

The worriers

You could start your own business, but how are you going to get clients, how are you going to make money, how are you going to pay for marketing, how are you going to cope with the workload, how are you going to attract staff.

The negatives

You could start your own business, but I’ve seen so many businesses like that which are awful.

The ‘helpful’ critics

You could start your own business, but first let me tell you what I think. You haven’t asked, but here is my ‘constructive’ criticism of what you’re doing/producing.

The encouragers!

You could start your own business! That’s a great idea. I know you are the type of person who can make it work. I’ll help any way I can. Would you like to make some time and talk anything over? I hope it works out really well for you. That sounds fantastic, I’m glad you’re taking the risk. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll still have had a great experience. It’s so important to try these things while you can. You’ll be so much happier, and that’s so important. I have a friend who did something similar and they’re so happy/successful now. Don’t let anyone stop you.

Do these encouragements sound fake to you?

That probably only means you aren’t positive with people often enough to get comfortable with it.