Starting your own business provides the best opportunity to create real wealth in your community and for your family. Instagram had 12 employees, no revenue and sold for $1 Billion. Great, right? Not really. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than creating the next Instagram. However, you have a much better chance of creating a successful small business than winning the lottery.
Many of the "entrepreneurs" I talk to scoff at the idea of small business. It's beneath them, too petty. They are "idea" people, big picture people. They are working on creating big businesses, not small ones. They spend months working on an idea, launch and ... nothing happens. Nobody cares. Failed, better pivot. Fail again, back to the drawing board. Time for more ideas, one of them will be worth millions!
The only thing worth less than your idea is the poor implementation of your idea. Ideas are free. Poor implementation wastes money, and worse, it wastes your time.
Want to start a business, "solve a problem" people say. Solving a problem is good, making money is better. Only the latter is actually required, the former is always subjective. Forget your big idea. Take a small part of that idea and get a customer. Just 1 customer. A customer is not your friend, family member or mentor - a real "hey stranger" customer that pays you money. You create value for that person (or company) and they give you money.
Forget your millions, pay your rent or mortgage. Or just try and make enough to cover your car payment or some other bill. A $100,000 business puts $8,000+ in your hands every month. Cash flow is king. Cash flow is life. Cash flow is options. Cash flow is control. Cash flow is freedom. Cash flow is business.
Small businesses have customers that sign contracts. Small businesses send out and collect on invoices. Small businesses cash checks. Small businesses generate cash flow. Small businesses make money.
I'd rather have $8k more a month in my pocket than be an "entreprenuer" any day. Work on those "small" ideas, support them with process, and soon that $8k/month could be $80k. Then you have more options. Then being an entrepreneur actually means something. "Entrepreneur" is just a title, the game is small business. Every business starts as a small business. Before you make your million, just try and make $10,000.