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.

  1. Do what you enjoy or learn to enjoy.
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  2. Take what you do seriously.
  3. Have a plan for everything – Get and stay organized.
  4. Manage money wisely.
  5. Master the art of the deal – Ask for the sale.
  6. Remember it’s all about the customer.
  7. Become a shameless self-promoter (without becoming obnoxious).
  8. Project a positive business image – Web, social, print.
  9. Get to know your customers and their real needs.
  10. Level the playing field with technology.
  11. Build a top-notch external support team – attorney, accountant, PR rep, etc.
  12. Become known as an expert – focus on your reputation.
  13. Create a competitive advantage.
  14. Invest in yourself – health, mind, etc.
  15. Be accessible – but not too accessible!
  16. Listen and then sell solutions.
  17. Get involved in your industry, community, etc.
  18. Get and stay organized.
  19. Take time off.
  20. Limit the number of hats you wear – hire those smarter than you!