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‘I want to run a business but I am afraid of losing money. What should I do?’

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‘I want to run a business but I am afraid of losing money. What should I do?’

Sim Sofeya, a 21-year-old student majoring in tourism and hospitality at the National University of Management (NUM), is ambitious as well as scared.

Sofeya told LIFT: “I want to have my own business because I think having your own business can make you rich more easily.” But, at the same time, it could ruin your finances if the invested money is lost. Sofeya is afraid of that.

She would like to open a seafood restaurant – but would it return her investment and make her rich on top?

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Opening a business is risky business, and the decision has to be made carefully.

“I am really afraid of opening a business since nothing will be the way it was before. If I am not careful enough I am going to lose everything,” she told LIFT.

She stated that the reason why she wanted to open a restaurant was because some of her friends have been successful in the hospitality field and didn’t have to invest much capital because they started small and expanded later.

With concerns and ambitions fighting each other inside her, Sofeya believes that even if she gets enough money she will not open a business in the near future. Still, Sofeya is trying to save money in case she decides she really does want to open a business. “I save every penny by not eating outside home or spending money on unnecessary things so I have enough to open a business one day,” she said.

Sofeya needs good advice. Should she take the risk and open a business?


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