When you think about being an entrepreneur, what do you think of first? Which aspects of being an entrepreneur are important, which are essential, and which ones can you take or leave? You be the judge.
Last year, there were a number of people who wanted to start their own online business and this year the number continues to grow. With the newest advents of digital technology growing and changing at a quickening pace, many more people, today than yesterday, have the freedom of being able to start a small online home based business that can grow into whatever they can imagine. The fantastic tools that are available are within their reach, all they have to do is make a fist.
Think about it for a minute, or two. Is there anything in the world like the idea of being your own boss, and steering your own future. Knowing that whether you succeed or fail, your did it your way? Thoughts like this is what gives a person a feeling of power, making them feel confident that they can achieve the sky and the limit. But is being your own boss all that it’s cracked up to be?
For some, the experience of being their own boss can be a lonely and isolating adventure as well as a physically and mentally taxing ordeal. Being self employed not only requires that you have certain skills but that you also keep adding to those skills, nonstop. Now, if you think this is a hoot, think about what you will have to learn to start your business online.
Still interested? Good! Keep reading because there is more to come, and remember,the more skills you develop, the more successful you will be.
Other than having and gaining whatever skills you may need to run your online business, which means a lifetime of learning, there are emotional traits and personality traits that go along with starting a business that you should be aware of, don’t worry, if you don’t seem to have what it takes, you can get it. Entrepreneurs are made, not born, believe that because without such a belief success will be fleeting at best, if your lucky.
To be an entrepreneur, all you have to do is want to be one but…
To be honest, it will take courage, determination, and expertise (that you will gain). You will have to be committed to working very long hours, mostly alone unless you hit it big time and hire a team or are lucky enough to have a partner. This is the life of a budding entrepreneur and even some not so budding ones but the rewards of owning your own online business can be more than worth the effort that you will have to put forth.
Oh, yeah, that’s right, if you haven’t gotten it by now then listen up. A BUSINESS IS WORK!
There is no such thing as FREE or overnight riches so don’t believe the hype. You get what your hand calls for and only you can deal that hand. In the process of ‘puttin in work’ you will gain knowledge as well as build much needed confidence as you develop and learn how to harness your newfound expertise.
The linings of your pockets won’t swell overnight with cash and neither will your bank account, but they will grow. At first slowly and then if you have a plan and stick to it, change it, and learn from it, the pace will speed up a bit.
I know what you’re thinking. Wow! There is so much to learn, so much to do, so little money to do it with and an abundance of unanswered questions. Join the club, we all started out this way. No one who is successful started out having it all, they earned it and so will you. You will earn learn, earn, and get answers, sooner than you might think.
Now with all of that out of the way, here are the answers to the other questions you must be asking yourself.
What is the first step you should take? Which business idea is the right one for you? What will it cost to get started? Where will you get the money to do what you have to do? Does you idea make sense and if so, how should you present it to your target client? How much competition are you facing?
If you are anything like I was when I first decided to start my own online business (and I know you are) the questions are teeming and rolling through your brain cells knocking each other around. Also if you are like I was (again, I know you are) you do nothing but eat, sleep, and drink the idea of starting a business online. Basically, you don’t know where to start but I can tell you in a simple sentence where you should think of starting.
Start with doing something that you love to do!
Even though you can learn to be an entrepreneur, you can not ‘learn’ to love what you do, it has to already be in you. Take my word for it. Don’t start a business solely because it seems to be lucrative. You may end up with money but more than likely you will fail at doing what you don’t love so start by choosing a business that you love.
If you don’t start a business based on something you love you will eventually hate it and this will show in how you operate your business and treat your clients. Pretty soon, guess what?…No more business!
Even when you do find something you love, or maybe you already know what it is, you will still have to cultivate in yourself certain entrepreneurial skills such as being a hard worker and having organizational skills. You will need to do tedious chores that deal with finance, administration and a whole list of other…Un-love like activities. Who do you think is going to do the selling for your new business? YOU! and don’t forget it, so start developing that people personality (for handling client and networking) and some light hearted humor (for those days when things just don’t go right), you’re gonna need it, I guarantee:)
I trust that what you’ve read so far has been informative. The following section should go a long way toward clearing up any uncertainty that may remain.
Wrong! But it should help.
As you plan for your new online business venture by doing research and creating a solid business plan, don’t forget to do the following before you take the first real step into the business arena.
Find A Mentor
Learn from the mistakes of others, specifically your mentor. Find a person in your field or even a related field who is successful and ask them to give you some guidance. If they say no, ask someone else. Keep asking until you get a yes.
Prepare for success
Plan your business as much as possible. Don’t just let it happen because the only thing that will happen is nothing, at least nothing you would like. Make goals and break them down into doable steps. A simple exercise to help you do this is to build you business from the top down, on paper.
All this means is to start with the end in mind and then backtrack by finding out what the previous the must be. Here is a brief example: I want to make 100 dollars.
First of all that is not specific enough, try this instead:
I want to make 100 dollars in ten months. Now you can automatically figure that you need to make 10 dollars a month to achieve this goal. You can further break this down into weeks and days and then figure out what you need to do each day to achieve your daily goal towards your major goal.
In closing, I have two quotes for you that I keep right above my workspace at home.
Take heed to them because they are full of truth.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. ”
Booker T. Washington
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. ”
If you’ve picked some pointers about being an entrepreneur that you can put into action, then by all means, do so. You won’t really be able to gain any benefits from your new knowledge if you don’t use it.
Now, I’ll leave you with a saying of my own.
Being the best means being the best that YOU can be. Always strive to be a better you and you will always be the best.