An entrepreneur has the desire to start and build a successful business. Although the payoffs can be enormous, the drive, dedication and willingness to sacrifice in the short term for long term success is critical. Beyond that, having a roadmap to guide your journey is critical. Following are 20 things to consider on your way to becoming a successful Entrepreneur.
Do what you enjoy or learn to enjoy.
Take what you do seriously.
Have a plan for everything – Get and stay organized.
Manage money wisely.
Master the art of the deal – Ask for the sale.
Remember it’s all about the customer.
Become a shameless self-promoter (without becoming obnoxious).
Project a positive business image – Web, social, print.
Get to know your customers and their real needs.
Level the playing field with technology.
Build a top-notch external support team – attorney, accountant, PR rep, etc.
Become known as an expert – focus on your reputation.
Create a competitive advantage.
Invest in yourself – health, mind, etc.
Be accessible – but not too accessible!
Listen and then sell solutions.
Get involved in your industry, community, etc.
Get and stay organized.
Take time off.
Limit the number of hats you wear – hire those smarter than you!