In a bid to escape the “rat race” many are determined to own a business. With inexperience and the wrong attitude many fail in their first two years starting off.
Ideas alone don’t make a successful entrepreneur. They are a combination of character, traits and attitude. These would definitively be put to test over time and the ability to withstand would make or mar you.
As a young and an aspiring entrepreneur, all these might sound over-whelming and unachievable. As an entrepreneur myself, I know it takes time and effort to make my dream a reality. But be rest assured you can become successful in entrepreneurship.
So in this article I would provide you with 10 secrets that would boost your career as an entrepreneur:
Ten Secrets to Boost your Success as an Entrepreneur
1. Believe in You
Your mindset is your greatest ally, you have to believe that you can succeed no matter what. If you keep finding excuses, you won’t succeed. Just follow your action plan and find ways through your obstacles. As Brian Tracy said repeat affirmations such as “I believe in myself” every day. it works like magic.
“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” –Peter T. McIntyre
2. Be Creative
Being creative means solving a problem in a new way. It means changing your perspective. Thinking outside the box should come natural for entrepreneurs. To help you watch TED talk or listen to educational podcast. Being creative means you’re thinking.
“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”..
3. Learn how to sell
To be successful in business, you have to know how to sell well. Know how to persuade people to your side and make them take action.
Especially when first starting out, entrepreneurs need to gain trust from those around them on their big idea. You must not be afraid to sell and convince people to buy want you are selling.
“Either You Run The Day Or The Day Runs You.”
– Jim Rohn
4. Take Risk
Successful entrepreneurship involves taking risks. If you don’t embrace risk-taking, you may want to rethink being a business owner.
Countless entrepreneurs have taken risks to get their businesses to where they are now. Taking risks, however, does not mean going into business blindly and then expecting great results. Taking risks in entrepreneurship involves careful planning and hard work.
There’s something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk. – Drew Barrymore
4. Be Optimistic
Optimistic not pessimist are generally more successful, both in their personal and professional lives. Greater success at work comes from the fact that they are more energized and productive.
A study linked learned optimism to increased sales productivity. One sure way to boost your success is by being optimistic.
“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”– Nicholas M. Butler
5. Build an outstanding team.
To achieve your goal as an entrepreneur you need people. You need to vet the right people to join your team. A team would bring in individual perspectives, experience, and skills to solve complex problems, creating new solutions and ideas that may be beyond the scope of any one individual. As well as enhancing organizations’ performance good teamwork benefits individuals too.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller
6. Gather Feedbacks
Customer feedback is important because it serves as a guiding resource for the growth of your company. You need to know and gather feedbacks from customers of your product to know what you are doing right so as to improve on it and what you are doing wrong so as to make amends.
“Why did God give me two ears and one mouth? So that I will hear more and talk less.”
– Leo Rosten
8. Keep your finances in order.
Keep track of your cash flow and always stick to your budget. Keep your business account and personal account separate, so one wouldn’t tamper with the other. The best way to do that is to use invoice software for your business. Learn how you can begin finding cash to begin your business.
“There are people who have money, and there are people who are rich.”
– Coco Chanel
9. Stay Evergreen
The practice of keeping up to date with trends and changes in your industry is a necessity in our modern working world. It’s an important ingredient to stay competitive and be successful. Be ready to learn new ways things are done in your niche.
If I feel like something needs to be updated, I’ll break my neck to outdo the original.
– DJ Premier
10. Be Future-oriented
You must always plan with the end in mind, believe it or not, many startup idea fail because they are not led by futuristic entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs have to think ahead of others, out of the box and also do not fear talking risks.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” —
Being a successful entrepreneur takes a lot of work, a lot of vision and a lot of perseverance. These 10 tips, from entrepreneurs who have already found success, will help you navigate the path much more easily.
What’s your favorite success tip for entrepreneurs? Share it below in the comments section below.