As we all know more and more people are working for themselves these days, if you don't know where have you been??? The younger generations are rising above the older generations and forging their own paths. As an entrepreneur myself, I recommend it because I see how most people get stuck drowning in their daily lives. Start small first because if you have no clue what you are doing, I do not advise going full force. For those beginners, here is my top 10 list of tips for anyone wanting to become a entrepreneur:
#10 CHANGE YOUR MINDSET- Being an entrepreneur is a BIG STEP away from your parent's and grandparent's time/thinking. You have to think in terms of you working for yourself, of course it is easier to work for someone else, but do you want to spend the rest of your life making someone else's dreams come true while neglecting your own?
#9 DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED- Initially you may want to continue working your regular job then slowly transition into becoming your own boss. Entrepreneurship can be tough especially if you have no idea where to start. In the next few months I will begin giving tips for more help as I know how tough it can be.
#8 BECOME MORE PEOPLE FOCUSED- As an entrepreneur, you are creating a business for yourself therefore customer satisfaction must be your guarantee. Don't be angry or foolish- business is business- take the emotion out of it! Too many people are too overly emotional to work for themselves.
#7 START WATCHING LESS TV AND READING MORE EDUCATIONAL BOOKS- Watching TV is a passive activity, not at all stimulating; whereas reading is a very active activity that stimulates the brain and strengthens the eyes.
#6 BE AS OPEN AS POSSIBLE TO LEARNING AS MUCH AS YOU CAN- Learn, learn, and keep learning! Never stop learning, but retain what is most relevant to you. I can't count how many webinars and seminars I have gone to or seen. Only those that were geared towards what I truly wanted to do stuck in my mind, beware of sensory overload!
#5 DO NOT COMPARE BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR WITH WORKING A 9-5 JOB- This is very unrealistic, no comparison at all. Entrepreneurs work 3x as hard because they work for themselves. Entrepreneurs are very disciplined, being an entrepreneur is not for the average, lazy person. So, if you consider yourself to be a lazy person then being an entrepreneur is certainly not for you.
#4 UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT YOUR TIME IS- Time is the one thing you can never get back, no one can buy back time. Don't waste it being unsatisfied. Anything you do, do it with pride and care, no matter how small it may be. If you really keep at it, your time will be very valuable, not just to you but to your clients.
#3 BECOME RESOURCEFUL- We live in the digital age, everything is online. If you are not online or have some access to the internet, you are being left behind. I CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH!!! There are resources all around you and nowadays you can learn how to do anything from YouTube.
#2 EDUCATE YOURSELF- this complies with #7 and #6, I repeat learn, learn, learn, and keep learning! A person must never stop learning and educating themselves. Get yourself a free library card and spend more time there learning. If you refuse to learn something new for yourself, think about learning something new to pass that knowledge on to others. People will even pay you for your knowledge, so pay attention!
#1 INVEST IN YOURSELF- purchase online courses through Udemy, Groupon, etc. Purchase a laptop and get high speed internet. In my book, which I finally finished, I mention how poor families in America always have at least 1 TV in their home. Get rid of that junker and invest in a $200 laptop from Wal-Mart. Stop holding yourself back from improving. Stop holding yourself back from learning and growing.