EP 155: Small Business Owners Get Honest About Fear

Underneath their ambitious and confident facades, small business owners experience quite a bit of fear.

Since our goal is to bring you honest conversations about what it really takes to run a small business, we thought it was high time to talk about the fears we all face on a daily basis.

We spoke to 11 small business owners and several themes emerged. These themes were echoed in the conversations we’ve been having about fear all month long with our CoCommercial community.

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In this episode, we explore the fear of judgment, the fear of visibility, the fear of not being good enough, the fear of not being worthy, and the fear of giving up control.

Each entrepreneur we talked to spotted these fears in different scenarios, things like public speaking, pricing their work, or pivoting a business model. But one thing remained constant:

Their fears never really subsided. 

Instead, they decided to focus on taking action—and enjoying the results—instead of dwelling on the fear itself.

Maybe you too share the fears that these small business owners face. Maybe your fear or anxiety is fueled by other concerns. As this episode unfolds, I challenge you to find some awareness of the fear you’re dealing with right now.

Where does it come from?

How is it impacting your day-to-day actions?

How does it affect the way you set goals or make decisions?


What are you going to do about it?

This episode features: Jessica Abel, Lou Blaser, Dr. Michelle Mazur, Stephanie Stiavetti, Mark Maya, Vanessa Ragains, Nat CouropmitreeTzaddi Gordon, Jeff Tyack, Jennyann Carthern, and Sarah Li Cain.

For more honest conversations about growing, running, and managing a small business, become a part of the CoCommercial small business network.

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