Being an entrepreneur has a lot of learning curves, from the excitement to starting the new idea and the difficulties of paying bills and the renewed excitement of increased revenue. Here are eight simple steps that should help deliver entrepreneurial success.
Clients and customers buy into passion and enthusiasm right away along with what your service is providing. If you’re able to show your love for your industry and offering, you’ve already helped guide the money we all keep close to our selves into your pocket. Probably the most important part to this, then going to work and driving your business won’t feel like work, which is why most of get into this way of life, because it’s a way to get away from the monotony of a 9 to 5.
People generally buy from those that show passion for their work, and to be successful at what you’re doing, you need to love what you’re doing. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that passion and love for what you’re doing is all you need. It takes work to make any new idea a success – blood, sweat, tears, planning, goals and a tireless effort otherwise falling as many other entrepreneurs do into losing everything by just having a passion and not the other essentials.
Planning and setting hard timelines and dates for when goals should be met helps keep everyone in line with expectations. Talk is cheap and setting forth a plan, not only gives a gold ring to attain but will help keep you on course. Putting goals on paper makes them legitimate and more tangible; they become visualization and something you can not only feel be seeing yourself attaining.
We now live in a day and age where open source and sharing is even more abundant, but that doesn’t mean that we ever were in a day where people didn’t love to help. People love competition and love the opportunity to see someone grow, and are happy to help in every case. For example, if you are a new freelance designer and needed experience to become a better web designer, you think if you asked any internet based firm that you were looking to gain experience to open your own freelance company down the road; but will provide extremely diligent work and enthusiasm that they would shy away from hiring you? I think not. People love to teach, don’t be afraid to learn and ask to learn.
When ever you get the chance to meet with and have breakfast with people that have become successes in their own right, take the chance to ask them out for breakfast or lunch. Not only will a sit-down with anyone of that caliber be motivating but think about the learning potential from a short-sit down conversation.
We are always in self-doubt about ourselves, failure, death and of all things public speaking. But all of those things can be beaten with confidence. If you love what you do, then you should believe that you’re the best at what you do, period. Have confidence in yourself and your skill set, but don’t be stubborn enough to not listen and learn from those around you to even better yourself.
A lot of companies try to do everything or just too much in general. They try to be everything to everyone, which will saturate your service; affect revenue and road block your success. You could be good at everything, but it will be more successful to be incredible at just one thing – Focus. You do not have to say yes to everything, you can say NO, if you don’t think its what you’re the absolute best at, then refer someone else. It will probably go a longer way if you show a client a better source for their need then doing it for them at less then effective manner.
We are the most confident when we know the most about a subject. As mentioned above, people love to teach and you should love to learn. Write down your questions and ask fellow entrepreneurs anything and everything you want to learn. Avoiding their pitfalls will bring you success faster and with fewer breakdowns. There are no dumb questions and don’t e afraid to ask them.
Luck happens, but usually luck comes from working hard, so it makes me wonder from to time if Luck really did happen or was it just hard work. Maybe they go hand-in-hand, but none the less working hard achieves results.
What you make and how fast you grow will depend on the effort you put forth. Passion and knowing what you love to do is great to know, but the sweat and sales calls, and all the things you probably don’t like doing too much is all apart of the position you decided to take. Own these roles and try your best at every step to achieve the goals you set forth.