As soon as people find out I’m a business consultant, their eyes fill with awe and questions spring from their lips. Everyone wants to know how it’s done. While there some logical steps, even I have to admit that there are practically as many ways to become an entrepreneur as there are entrepreneurs. Of course, some are just better than others.
On a daily basis, it’s my job to help people figure out exactly what they should be doing and how they should be doing it. Using a series of low-cost and simple exercises, I help them sift through their ideas, dreams and, sometimes even, fantasies. Together we determine what options are most viable for them. We set goals and design a strategy to achieve those goals. Having the guidance of a seasoned professional is a big relief to new entrepreneurs and experienced business owners alike. Everyone feels like a giant weight has been lifted, as soon as they have a plan in their hand. Unlike many other consultants, I work side-by-side with my clients to get their businesses off the ground. Having helped a vast number and variety of businesses SOAR, I have some valuable and inexpensive information to share with the novice and experienced entrepreneur alike.
The Life of the Entrepreneur
As everyone knows, as an entrepreneur, you call the shots, you work when you want and have no one looking over your shoulder and you’re in charge and you reap the benefits. Everyone is aware of the great things about being self-employed. Unfortunately, there are some challenges as well.
The goal of this post is to help business owners plan ahead so they can enjoy more of the good things about self-employment. Studies show that people, who prepare carefully, gather valuable resources and move forward with open eyes, have much greater chances of success.
Over the course of the next 5 days I will offer tips to get your closer to your dream of owning your own business. So here goes…
Tip 1: Mind Shift
I’d recommend that you begin adjusting your thinking. The thought patterns of employees and business owners are very different. Generally speaking employees are focused on themselves and business owners are focused on everyone and everything else. Entrepreneurs must consider their customers, suppliers, employees, financiers, and stockholders. On a larger scale, they need to think about market trends, economic adjustments, political changes, foreign imports, globalization, and about a billion other things. Being a business owner these days is no small order.
Grab a notebook and a pen and let’s get going…
Take a minute right now to think about the skill requirements of owning your own business. On the left side of the paper make a list of all the “Things a Business Needs” to run successfully. Make two columns down the page, top to bottom. On the top of one write “Skills I Have” and the other column is titled “Skills I Need”.
As you work through your list of Things a Business Needs, place checks in either column, Skills I Have or Skills I Need. This will give you a hint on how close you are realistically in relationship with running your own business. The more honest your evaluation and more aggressively you act upon getting the skills you need, the better your chances of success in business.
Tune in tomorrow for Tip 2: Taking Action
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