So you’ve decided that you want to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship. You’ve had enough of the robotic vibes you put off in a 9-5 and want to build something for yourself. It takes a great deal of bravery to leave something with stability for the chance to build your own success. But where do you go from here?
I have seen a trend lately where people are making the jump into being an entrepreneur with the misconception that within a few months they will be working from their laptop on the beach in Bali. WIth no skills, no experience, nada. While there are people who certainly do that, for most people that won’t be an instant (if ever) reality. Which brings me to my first tip:
Pick a Path
Like it or not, we need money to fund our lifestyles. You need to pay rent, buy food, put clothes on your back, all the necessities. So what is it that you hope to do as an entrepreneur? Are you going to sell products, services, both?
The easiest transition you can make is to pick something that you already have experience doing. With the world of online business, it is easier than ever to translate your current skills into an online service. If you come from a customer service background, offer that as an online service. If you have experience creating lesson plans or classroom handouts, offer your products as a digital download.
What you don’t want to do is to jump into an industry with 0 know-how. While it is perfectly acceptable and encouraged to learn new and exciting skills, focusing your business around an unknown is risky and stressful. If you have never built a WordPress site, it’s probably not a great idea to open a WordPress Theme store. Not only will you be worried about the projects coming in, but the clients will leave unhappy and tarnish your reputation. No bueno.
Get a Mentor
Entrepreneurship is a tough game. You have so much to think about all the time and very few people you can really talk to about it. Nobody knows better than someone who’s been there before. Find yourself a mentor that is in your related niche and can help you navigate those tough questions and give you a behind the scenes on how a functioning business runs.
Start by reaching out to people that you have looked to for advice in the past. See what kind of value that you can offer each other.
Get a Support System
No, this is different than a mentor. A mentor is there to help you grow as a business owner by giving you advice and kicking your butt when you need it. What I’m talking about here is a group of people you can go to about anything.
These are the people that you can go to when you get a huge win, the people who will celebrate your successes! The people you can come to when you are so tired and thinking about throwing in the towel. These are the people who will get you through all the ups and downs of your business.
Luckily, there are groups out there for everyone and anyone! Whether you’re the type of person who needs an in-person meet up or you want to stay completely online, there is something out there for you that will have people who get your struggle. Check your local MeetUps.com to see if there are any small business groups in your area. Or you can always check the massive list of Facebook Groups to find one that fits your fancy.
If you’re not already in my community, come join us in our Facebook Group - Entrepreneurs & Virtual Support.
Get Your Mind Right
This one might seem trivial, but it will make or break you as an entrepreneur. You can only make it in this world if you have the right mindset. A positive mindset helps you defeat the inevitable overwhelm, solve those tough problems, and keep your spirits high in the face of opposition.
If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur and you’re struggling with what to do next and what your path is, then your mindset needs a makeover. Mindset affects your productivity, your profit, your energy levels, everything.
If mindset is something that you're struggling with, check out Monisha Chandanani, an intuitive leadership coach. She got my mind right, it's your turn!
The answer to the big question on what do you do now that you’ve decided to be an entrepreneur is to commit. Commit to your decision and put all of your energy into creating something that you can be proud of. Commit to making yourself into the best business owner you can possibly be. Commit to chasing your dreams with relentless pursuit.
You can accomplish anything, as long as you commit.