Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t necessarily as daunting or scary as it may initially seem. There is a method to the madness, and most entrepreneurs will tell you, it’s a way of acting rather than thinking. This is a key point to remember. It’s not in the way you think about your potential venture or business plan, but rather, it’s in the way you act towards getting there. The five tips below will help you act your way to success!
1) Figure out what it is you want to do. Yes, that sounds rudimentary and obvious, but really, take the time to think about your passion, your desire, your dream. Without a burning desire to make something happen, it likely never will, because you won’t have the drive to make it happen, especially when faced with the unknown or an obstacle.
2) Once you figure out what it is you are going to do and dedicate yourself to accomplishing (now here’s the kicker), allow for change. This may seem counter-intuitive, but just remember there isn’t only one way to get to where you want to go, and sometimes, you may take a few detours and end up at a place that’s even better than the one you were originally going for. There may be roadblocks and obstacles along the way (in fact, chances are there will be). So just remember, at each step of the way, take a look at where you are and act according to where you see your goal, whether original or modified, and what you need to do to get to the next phase.
3) Networking is key to making your business successful. Chances are you have everyone you need to make your business a success within just a few degrees of separation. Send emails to your friends, old colleagues, family, etc. Reach out to new people you’ve never met in industries and roles that you think you need to learn about. Go for informational sessions just to find out what they do, how things happen, etc. The more you can network, the better. Try finding local networking groups in the area. Meetup.com, LinkedIn Groups and other services can guide you to finding just the people you need.
4) Once you’ve talked to people and have done your research, and are off to a good start, build your team! Your team might be the most important part of your new venture. Make sure you choose wisely and that not only expertise and skills, but character and personality are complimented. You want to choose people that will be just as dedicated and “in it for the long haul” as you are, so choose a solid group that has a similar vision but can bring something “extra” to the table.
5) Know how much you are willing to spend on your venture. Before you even begin, figure out just how much you are willing to lose. Sounds painful, yes, but realistically, if you don’t set an amount, you may find yourself in an even more painful situation. Figure out how much of your own money you are willing to put into the business and stick to that amount.
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