If you’re reading this website, then there’s definitely a little bit of you that wants to be an entrepreneur, right? Perhaps you already are one but you want to make 2015 the year that you really make things happen. A lot of entrepreneurship is talking. It’s claiming that you will take over the world. It’s planning and scheming and making grand claims. However, that’s just the start of entrepreneurship.
Grand plans and ambitious goals are good. But what really makes the entrepreneur is action. It’s building up the courage and actually putting your ideas into motion. We’re here to help you make that happen in 2015. If your New Year’s resolution is to get your business off the ground, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’ve already got an idea, then you’re half way there. In many cases, that’s the hard part.
No it’s time to get it off the ground. It will take time, money and effort but it will be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. First things first: you need to get into the mindset of an entrepreneur. Starting a profitable business is all about your attitude. A good idea is nothing without the right person behind it. You need to push that forward with passion and drive. Here’s how you become the entrepreneur you always wanted to be.
You are already an entrepreneur
There is no test to take. There’s no qualification or barrier to entry. All you have to do to be an entrepreneur is to say it. To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to believe in yourself. You’re already half way there. You’ve already got an idea in your head and you’ve thought about taking it further. That’s entrepreneurship! The first step to making something happen is declaring it and moving forward. Start planning. Set time aside to work on your project and treat it like a real job. Create a workspace and get started.
Build a strong routine
The best way to start moving forward is set a routine that you can stick to. Make sure it is manageable. If you have to work your idea around an existing job, be realistic. Set yourself an hour or two every evening to work on your own project. Don’t set the goals too big or you’ll run yourself thin and give up. Set a realistic plan for what you can achieve. Even if it’s as simple as researching or reading. Make it part of your routine. Fill your calendar with goals and ideas and stick to them.
Find a business partner
Getting a business off the ground requires talent in a full range of areas. Be realistic about what you can and can’t do. Fill the gaps in your knowledge by working with someone else. Do you need a web developer or a finance guru? Look at your friends and colleagues and see if someone can help you out. It really helps to have a second hand on board. You’ll get things done faster. Plus, you’ll have someone to make sure you’re working hard and pushing forward. You can set goals together and merge your resources.
Find a mentor
If a business partner isn’t an option, you could always search for a mentor. Look for a friend or even search online. Find someone who shares a similar goal or passion. You’ll be able to learn from them and hopefully you can give something back. They will help keep you going in the right direction. Sometimes all it takes is a second pair of eyes to see something you didn’t. It will help you gain some fresh perspective on your business. They may help you spot weaknesses or room for improvement. More importantly they will encourage you and keep your spirits up when it gets tough.
Being a great entrepreneur requires constant learning. Keep yourself open to new ideas and techniques. Stay up to date with new technology and changes in consumer habits. The best way to crack into a niche or take advantage of a market is thorough research. You need to be able to predict trends and take advantage. You’ll also need strong leadership and presentation skills. If this is an area that you don’t feel comfortable in, don’t be scared to seek extra training. Spearhead training is just one company that offer leadership courses.
Eliminate bad habits
The New Year is a good time to eliminate all of your bad habits. Anything that hinders your productivity is a drain on your time and energy. Do everything you can to block distractions and get into your most efficient headspace. Only you know where your weaknesses lie here. It could be constantly checking social media or binge watching Netflix! Figure out they ways you procrastinate and work to reduce them.
Develop good habits
In place of these bad habits, try to introduce productive ones. Instead of checking Facebook, do some research. Read books or write a journal. It will help you organise your thoughts and improve your skills. Learn to check stocks and research the market when your mind wanders. It’s all about filling the procrastination time with something useful.
Surround yourself with inspiring people
Negativity is the thing that holds so many of us back. Often this comes from the people around us. Humans are inherently social beings, we naturally look to others for reassurance. If those around you treat your ideas with negativity, then you’ll never get anywhere. You need to surround yourself with people that are filled with optimism. You need to share ideas, brainstorm and generate the entrepreneurial spirit. You need people that will see the good in something and help you wean it out. It makes a big difference.
Work hard and make things happen for yourself
Finally, there is simply nothing better than sheer hard work and determination. Keep plugging away and an opportunity will present itself. Learn to trust your own instincts. Don’t wait around for others to give you the green light or present you with opportunities. Find them and make them happen. Get out there and be an entrepreneur!
This advice should set you up nicely for the next phase. It’s all about getting into the mindset of an entrepreneur. Start thinking and acting like a CEO and the rest will fall into place.