Tammy O’HaraParticipant5 months, 2 weeks ago
Try to make a plan. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Try to read/research as much as you can to avoid wasting money. Get into the mentality that accepting help does not equate with failure. Also time is money, learn what you can automate and delegate.26 Replies
Melanie DowneyParticipant5 months, 1 week ago
There will be one step forward, two steps back (sometimes three steps back!) Don’t let that discourage you. Just know that eventually, those small steps forward add up.26 Replies
Mandy CramerParticipant5 months ago
Research your field, the pros and cons, and consider if you have the motivation to push your business forward without someone telling you to do it.26 Replies
Kristi PorterParticipant4 months, 4 weeks ago
Get a mentor and an accountability partner. Find a mentor that has already been down the same path, and is willing to share their expertise and knowledge. This is your shortcut to success. Second, find an accountability partner, especially if you’ll be working solo. The mentor provides the overall, big picture advice, whereas the accountability partner is down in the trenches with you. They the person you can declare your short-term goals to, and the person who will help you stay on track. The hardest part of being an entrepreneur is learning how to focus, and these two people will help you do just that.26 Replies
Luis Gabriel Barreto FigueroaParticipant4 months, 3 weeks ago
Always try to keep your customers happy, in this way you will achieve that each of them, and each new client, have an absolutely pleasant experience and can leave your good reference for others.26 Replies
Kathy Haan, MBAParticipant4 months, 2 weeks ago
Starting a business is not all puppies, sunshine, and rainbows. Even the thing you love will feel like work when you’re overwhelmed or frustrated. You will want to quit — often. Know that you’re not alone in that feeling! Even after nine years of my business, there are days I still feel that way.
It’s about enjoying the journey rather than trying to chase a destination — because it’s never actually a destination. Celebrate your wins along the way, and continue to focus on your big “why.”26 Replies
Rabbi Jason MillerParticipant3 months, 4 weeks ago
Dream big and don’t let people tell you that your dream won’t work or you’re not being realistic. Personally, I have found that when people communicate doubt about my entrepreneurial dreams, it only motivates me to succeed.26 Replies
Jordan Ross-MascaroParticipant3 months, 2 weeks ago
I left my law practice to pursue my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. I created and grew a series of successful internet and eCommerce businesses. It was a lot of work!
I spent many of my days putting out fires and solving problems because I didn’t have the proper resources in place to help me.
Does this sound familiar?
There are many reasons why people decide to start their own businesses and it is always interesting to me to understand why.
In my experience I have found that people become entrepreneurs for reasons such as:
● Their mind never stops thinking
● They want to be in charge of their own career
● They want to help those around them
● They admire other entrepreneurs
Did you start your own business because one of the reasons I listed above?
As a business owner or as someone who considers themselves an “entrepreneur”, it can be a lonely world because there are a lot of moving parts and you take on the burden of running a business by yourself.
This doesn’t have to be the case.
If you want to grow and become a profitable brand, then you need to build a team around you with the resources necessary to succeed.
My overall advice is to make sure you have a team to help you with the journey!26 Replies
Lynda ArtesaniParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
Don’t wait to set up your records. Start right from the beginning of your business. Most successful businesses will find that it is that important first step that will help you grow your business going forward!26 Replies
maria caleParticipant1 month ago
Patience. Many times we believe that success is immediate, that others always get it faster and better. Keeping your firm in your mind and prepared for the challenges that may arise is one of the best attitudes you should maintain at the start of a new business. Keeping your ideas clear and seeking to get more and more knowledge and grow on a personal level will help you stay focused on what you want.26 Replies
Amy RosenzweigParticipant1 month ago
I would advice planning your marketing strategy in advance and find one good and experienced mentor who’ll answer your questions and guide you through the launch process. Even 2-5 hours consultation from a hands-on practitioner is better than nothing26 Replies
Kristie LovelaceParticipant3 weeks, 1 day ago
Make sure you totally understand what you are getting into. Most businesses fail because they thought they were going to magically have all these clients/customers overnight. Some may be that lucky, but most are not. Be prepared with financial backing to see you through the lean times so you don’t end up in bankruptcy. If you will have employees and payroll, be sure to have someone who understands payroll, taxes and when they are due. I have personally seen new businesses go under because they got so far behind in taxes, they could not pay them. Finally, I definitely recommend incorporating to protect your personal assets. In short, there is a lot to being an entrepreneur…be sure you are in the know on everything possible before taking the plunge.26 Replies