4 Tips to know if you are an entrepreneur – Part 1
Did you know that 2 million people quit their job each month? Yes, even with the economy the way it is people are quitting their jobs.
Recently I was watching the news and they said the main reasons people quit their jobs is because they don’t like their employer.
Their employer is rude, abusive etc. Being treated like this is one reason people decide to start their own business.
The big question is are your ready for the commitment it takes to be an entrepreneur?
What you need to understand is that it’s going to take time, training, reinventing yourself and many other factors when becoming a business owner.
How do you know if being an entrepreneur is for you? Here’s one observation I’ve made. When I talk to clients who want to start a business we start with a discovery session. You need to answer some key questions which helps me see where you are and where you want to be. I also like to find out about your habits.
For example take an honest look at yourself. In school did you have the habit of starting a project but never finishing it? Did that carry into your adult hood? The reason I bring this up is because if you are in the habit of starting but never finishing a project that will carry over into your business. Realistically starting a successful business means not just starting but becoming a successful business. How do you do that? By finishing what you start.
Let’s say you decide to go for it. You feel you are up for the challenge. Then wonderful you are at the right place!
One of the reasons I wrote my Book: Sexy, Savvy And Successful – A Woman’s Guide on How To Start A Business, Gain Financial Freedom and Buy More Shoes was so that I could offer a step by step guide to help you start that business.
As I mention in the book the discussion continues here. That’s what this blog series is going to be about. We are starting with Part 1.
Only you can decided why it is you want to become an entrepreneur. What is your motivation?
At the beginning of this article I mentioned some people don’t like their boss (31% feel that way). Their motivation is that they don’t want to have to deal with that type of negativity.
Some start a business to prove that other people are wrong when they say it can’t be done.
Others love the competition.
Perhaps you want to start your business to change your life style.
You want to be a role model for others including your children.
Starting your own business is also empowering. You know you will be able to run your business the way you want and have real satisfaction.
What you need to realize is that you have to master your craft. Whatever your business is you have to master it.
Being an entrepreneur means you are willing to put in the necessary time it takes to make your dreams a reality.
In the past I’ve talked about a plan B. In essence you have to say when it comes to starting a business there is no plan B. Why? That plan B becomes a crutch. You find yourself not striving and working hard because in the back of your mind it’s not that important, there’s always something else to fall back on. When you look at it this way can you see why a plan B can actually act as your anchor?
What you need to do then is brainwash yourself into thinking there is no plan B. I believe that once you do you will accept whatever challenges come your way. You will face those challenges head on. You will start to believe in yourself and your goals.
Some of those challenges may actually come from friends and family who say you can’t or shouldn’t start your business. Let’s put a positive spin on what they are saying. When these nay sayers talk to you let that be a signal for you to push ahead. Make what they are saying be your motivation. When those negative words come your way push your foot on the “gas” as if you were in a car. Speed up your momentum. Don’t put the break on.
When you become discouraged I think it’s important that you find positive affirmations to read. That’s another reason I dedicated a chapter to that in my book
Here’s what we’ve discussed today:
1)Why some people want to be an entrepreneur.
2)We’ve touched on whether you have the drive and determination to be an entrepreneur
3)Then we’ve also talked about not having a plan B and the benefits to that.
4)The importance of keeping yourself positive was reinforced.
So what is one key thing that keeps people from actually starting their business?
We will discuss this in Part 2.
After reading this are you an entrepreneur? Are you ready to continue the journey?
I’d like for you to share your thoughts and comments below.
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Be Savvy And Successful!
Toni Nelson – Author, Motivational speaker, Award winning Videographer and Photographer