Being an entrepreneur is a dream that many people have but few actually go for! I’m not even going to try to sugarcoat it: being an entrepreneur is rough. It takes a specific mindset to really get into gear, to work for yourself and to realize that you determine your own success.
Are you having trouble getting started?
This is the hardest part! Trust me, tons of entrepreneurs struggle with this. The good news is that you’re not in this alone. You do have to start before you are ready though.
Why would anyone want to start before they are ready you may ask?
Let’s say you have a job as a Milkshake Maker (random, I know). You’ve never done it before in your life but you decide to give it a shot. You research the topic, check out a few videos on Youtube, and get trained for a day on how to properly make a good milkshake. Your first Milkshake is probably going to be mediocre at best. Now why would this happen if you have done your research and been trained? Because you’ve never actually done it before. Practically. Hands on experience teaches you the best techniques and how to properly assess situations. Same goes with school, you study and study and study, but the real experience comes when you are out in the field. Experience, hands down, is the best teacher you’ll find.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to just jump into it. I’m saying do some research, get a more intimate feel for your passion, and go for it. If you get caught in analysis paralysis (thinking you have to know everything about your field before you start in order to avoid mistakes) then you’ll never start your business. You’ll never know everything there is to know, but once you get started, you’ll see that you’ll learn something new everyday and some of the most valuable lessons come from your experience and your mistakes.
Trust me, I’ve made some pretty silly mistakes in business… but I’m glad I did. Learning from your own mistakes is crucial to your growth as an entrepreneur. There will be plenty of times where you think to yourself – Why didn’t I just listen to my mentor or colleague. It happens to the best of us! You might want to consider investing in a business coach. Facebook offers a wide variety of business groups that have a ton of great free options for business coaching as well if you can’t afford to pay for a coach.
You don’t need much to get started! Even if you don’t start out with a full blown business plan, make absolutely sure to start out with a budget and marketing plan. You need to know how much money to invest in your business, how to reinvest money back into your business, and also how to market yourself in order to get targeted clients. Take a few trainings in your niche, do your research, but most importantly, START YOUR BUSINESS.
‘’Successful people don’t get caught up in learning everything before they start their business, they learn as they go.’’ Stand firm on your pricing (it’s hard when you’re first starting, I know), and always continue to educate yourself and hone your craft. When you know how to add value to your services by utilizing your expertise, you will attract the right type of clients. If you run into someone who doesn’t want to pay for your expertise, then they’re probably not your ideal client. Nothing is ever wrong with turning down a client if you don’t think your personalities will mesh well.
I hope this has helped! What’s the biggest struggle you’ve had to deal with in starting your business? Leave a comment down below and let’s chat!