How to get started as an entrepreneur
Are you looking to be an entrepreneur? Are you looking to being a brand owner in the nearest future? Then, this is for you! Entrepreneurship is more than just setting up a business. In fact, an entrepreneur is not just a person that sets up or owns a business but also, the person that bears the largest risks and off course, the reward(s). Should this scare away intending entrepreneur? Undoubtedly, risks are involved in every business although it may vary. But, there are some mistakes many intending entrepreneurs make on setting out to be an entrepreneur. One of the greatest mistakes young and aspiring entrepreneurs make is that they want to come into the market only after their brand has 'blown'. But, really, does a brand blow overnight? Absolutely not! How then should any intending entrepreneur get ahead? 1. Just start: Everything in life is a process. It started from something and then with time, it evolves. The same applies to entrepreneurship. Don't wait till you have all or till you're ready because you may never begin. With an in-depth knowledge on your intended business and the basic tool, you're set to sail! The problem about not starting till everything is supposedly set is that that time may never even come. The good news is once you start, you'd be able to, with time, acquire the other things needed along the way. 2. Be consistent: A business just starting out cannot afford to be 'on and off' . Such a business is headed for a close. If you really wish to be in the faces and minds of your audience every time, you need to always show up every time, that's what consistency is all about. Consistency is key to any entrepreneurship most especially start-ups. Focus on what your business is all about and ensure that your entire team are in on it with you. It also helps you build brand trust and establish awareness. 3. Be intentional: Conscious effort should be made to grow any business that is worth starting. Little drops makes an ocean, yes, but only if you're intentional about it. You need to take conscious efforts on the decisions you make because it'd affect your business. 4. Seek help: No one is an island of knowledge. No one knows it all, not even the big guns in your kind of business. As a starter, you need to source for help. This could be in form of trainings, seminars and/or reaching out directly to those in the business. You might think that reaching out to others for help is a way to get yourself indebted to them but, it isn't. If you have that thought, you won't get the desired help you need. You could offer something to those you're seeking help for because it's one of the most intelligent things to do. 5. Work on you: Do you know that you are the first ambassador of your brand? You need to be mindful of your behaviour to those around you, else, it'd tell on your business. Have a great people skills, look the part of whatever brand you represent and keep the fire of your business burning. Other things you could do is to position your self strategically in the right place, appreciate your customer base as often as you can and grow your business. Never be caught offguard so learn to prepare for the rainy days before they come.