As I was answering a questionnaire for Kim Dority's LIS Career Options LinkedIn group, I started thinking about how someone can prepare for starting an info business.
I realized that one of the most challenging part of being an info-entrepreneur is having to (or being able to) challenge yourself on a regular basis. Since most people aren't in the habit of moving past their comfort zone, I think the best preparation is to do just that.
Seek out opportunities to stretch yourself. Volunteer to do public speaking, especially if the thought of it scares you. Take on leadership roles within your workplace or your community. Start adding value to everything you do – become familiar with writing executive summaries, creating charts and graphs from statistics, developing slide decks, and so on.
In other words, get accustomed to the feeling of being at the edge of your comfort zone, and yes, it takes practice.