The first and one of the most important thing you need to know is that entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. Below is a list of 10 things you need to know, learn and do before becoming an entrepreneur
You need to know how to self-motivate. In the world of business, it’s a jungle and you are alone, you are going to get a lot of criticisms, you need to learn how to get pass all the negativity and criticisms and motivate yourself, if you can’t do this then business isn’t for you.
You have to learn how to be tough.
Save your money
Saving is a crucial part of been a business person. Cultivating a saving habit keeps your finance under control. Save as much as possible, you may need a backup when you least expect it.
Learn how to sell
You MUST learn how to sell your ideas, products, services and even image if that’s what you want to use to generate returns. Learn to convince people to buy what you are offering for exchange of value profitable.
Work Under an entrepreneur
Shadow someone who is an entrepreneur, see what they do and how they do it. Work with an
entrepreneur who is hungry and not comfortable with this present state, even though it might look like a very good position to many, they consistently want to get to a better state from the present no matter how good the present is because, there is always something better. Working with such an entrepreneur is perfect because you get to learn firsthand and have the much needed experience.
Work hard, Work very hard.
You probably work long hours as an employee. If you do not know how to work hard and long, then entrepreneurship isn’t for you. People often get it wrong by assuming that once you are an
entrepreneur you don’t need to work hard, far from the truth, especially for starting entrepreneurs. Your business is always exposed to potential risks in the process of creating and growing it daily. There are obvious competitors and there are unforeseen competitiors that can get you out of the game, for this reason you need to always be ready, thinking and coming up with the next innovation to make your business standout.
Learn how to research and learn fast
Researching is a skill, you need to know how to gather information and gather it fast, you also need to know how to connect information. Always be inquisitive, want to know “what”, “why” and “how”.
Build an audience
Building an audience these days is easy. Learn how to build an audience using social media, use facebook, Instagram, youtube. You need people to listen to what you have to say.
Learn your strengths and weaknesses.
Understand yourself well enough such that you are fully aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Also know your industry. What industry do you fit in most? Which industry do you have a flair for?
Death grounds, push yourself
Every single day you are in a death ground, everything could either go wrong or everything could either go right. Take a deadline that seems almost impossible, take responsibilities for projects that seem really difficult and succeed at it, take responsibilities for very big ones. This is the only way you can grow fast.
Take deadlines that no one wants to take and meet them! Don’t play it safe, no hesitation. Learn to put yourself in very challenging situations.
So, ask yourself, do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Are you ready to be a successful one?
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– Moses Oruaze Dickson