How to become an entrepreneur? It is one of the most exciting professions in the world. It is most exciting but also most risky for the people who have it.
You become an entrepreneur when you start your own company. However, we can’t define the process from start to finish because you must take many more actions before you start your company to become an entrepreneur.
So, how to become an entrepreneur?
In the following 87 points, I will share some advices, thoughts and action steps that you need to take if you want to become an entrepreneur.
And here is how to become an entrepreneur.
1. Be Unique
You must be different from the rest of the world if you want to become an entrepreneur. It means you’l need to see the world with the different eyes. You’l need to see opportunities where everyone else sees problems. Your company will be unique to the rate of how much you are unique.
2. Think Differently
If you are unique you’l probably think differently from the rest of the world. You’l need to find different ways to solve the same problems. That’s the difference between entrepreneurs and the rest of the world.
3. Think About Great Ideas
Successful entrepreneurs have great ideas that are unique, different and useful for the potential customers. If you want to build a company with a large business potential energy and become an entrepreneur you must to think about great ideas, not average one.
4. Dream About Changing a World
Each great idea can change the world. Look at Apple and Steve Jobs that really change the look of the world that we know from the past. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you’l need to dream. Dream about impossible things, because there is nothing impossible.
5. Follow Your Passion
If you want to become an entrepreneur, you’l need to include your passion into your business. It is your personal feelings and emotion that make you feel a positive affinity about something that you do. You’l need it for your company.
6. Think About the Biggest Problems
The world will always have problems that’re not solved until today. Find the biggest one that you can solve and transfer them into your company. That’s a way to become an entrepreneur.
7. Think About the Biggest Needs
On the market, there are also needs. You’l need to find the biggest one and incorporate the possible ways of satisfying that needs into your business.
8. Think About The Best Solutions about Problems and Needs
Each problem needs a solution that will satisfy some of the biggest needs on the market. Make the best solutions of the existing problems and needs on the market.
9. Think About What Makes You Happy
If you become an entrepreneur, it doesn’t mean that you need to be unhappy. You are at the first place in your company. Think about what make you happy and try to incorporate that into your business model.
10. Don’t Forget About Your Personal Targets
You are the human being before, and after you become an entrepreneur. You must think about your personal targets that need to be accomplished when you become an entrepreneur.
11. Start Networking
You’l need as much as more networks for your company. You cannot start your business without your networks that can launch you to the success.
12. Start Listening
Listening becomes one of the most important business functions today. You need to listen if you want to know about the problems and needs of your customer. That’s a very useful informations that you can incorporate into your company.
13. Find Your Unique Personality
Your unique personality is something that will differentiate you from the rest of the entrepreneurs, and in the same time will differentiate your company from the rest of the companies.
14. Learn from Successful
If you want to become an entrepreneur, you must start to learn from the successful people.
15. Read Books from Successful Entrepreneurs
There are plenty of books from successful entrepreneurs who can give you the knowledge that you need to become a successful entrepreneur.
16. Read a Lot
You need to read a lot, because it is the only way always to increase your knowledge, and in such a way your business potential energy.
17. Read Blogs About Entrepreneurship
There are plenty of blogs about entrepreneurship that you can read on the everyday basis to increase your knowledge, to find some useful ideas or some new technologies.
18. Be Disciplined
If you want to become an entrepreneur forget about indiscipline.
19. Believe in Your Abilities
How you can expect your customers to believe in you or your company if you didn’t believe in your own abilities?
20. Increase Your Self-confidence
If you believe in your abilities that you can become an entrepreneur you will have enough self-confidence for such a type of job. If you didn’t have, start finding the ways to increase your self-confidence right now.
21. Find Your Best Inspirations
What inspires you? Your inspirations will lead your company in the future.
22. Stop dreaming, Start Doing Something
It’s time to stop with dreaming and sleeping. Peoples that only dreamed can’t become entrepreneurs. Because of that start doing now.
23. Don’t Rely on Coincidences
Coincidences are not the rules in entrepreneurship. Don’t rely on them in your business.
24. Be Great for Something
If you want to become an entrepreneur, you’l need to be great in something. You need to be better than everyone else. Are you?
25. Develop Your Greatness
If you think that you are not so excellent to start your company now, start with developing your greatness.
26. Just Do It Better Than Everyone Else
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You’l need just to do it better.
27. Start With Your Prototype
It’s time to make your first prototype of your products or services.
28. Try Yourself on the Market
Maybe your prototypes of products and services are the best in the world, but you are not the judge. The market and customers are judges about that.
29. Implement the Feedback From the Market into Your Product and Service
Why you are trying yourself with a market if you don’t implement the feedback from the market in the form of improvement of your products and services or your overall future business?
30. Make Your Products and Services Easy Understandable
You cannot expect that you will sell your products and services if they are not clear for your potential customers. Make them to be easy understandable.
31. Brand Your Business
What about your business name, or logo? Make something really recognizable.
32. What About Your Own Risk?
Think about your own risk. How much risk could you tolerate?
33. Don’t Forget to Talk About It Constantly
You want to become an entrepreneur, start talking about your passion, about your future business, about problems that it will solve.
34. What’s Your Vision?
How are you see the future of your company? Where it will be after five or ten years.
35. The Strategy
You need a strategy if you want your vision to become reality.
36. Clear Business Model
Draw your business model on piece of paper. You can see the connections between the most important business elements.
37. Plan Your Path to Success
You know where are you now, and you know where want you to be after five or ten years. Next you need to connect the dots. You need to draw your trajectory to your vision. That’s your plan.
38. Prepare Yourself for the Next 5 Years
You must prepare yourself for the next five years.
39. Write a Business Plan
The business plan will be your path to success. Everything that you make until here you need to transfer in a great business plan.
40. Define SMART Goals
When you set up your business goals check are they SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, realistic and Time-Limited).
41. Be Realistic When You Plan Your Business
Don’t lie yourself with your business plan. Make it as real as possible. When needed, realign it to be in correlation with the reality.
42. Ask for Help if You Need It When You Plan Your Business
Sometimes you can’t make all the predictions, analysis and calculations in your business plan. If you need a help do not hesitate to get the help.
43. The Best Plan is When You Include Answers from Potential Customers
Ensure that your business plan has incorporated the answers from your potential customers. It is important because your company will serve them.
44. Keep Your Plan as Simple as Possible
It is more important that you, and your employees understand your plan than the complexity and the rules from the schools.
45. Use Bullet Points in Your Plan
The best business plan that I’ve been seen is bullet point’s business plans. It’s because the bullet points are the simplest form that ensures implementation of the plan itself.
46. Do Not Forget About Responsibilities
On the other hand, bullet points need clear responsibilities for implementation. Don’t forget to include them on each point.
47. Clearly Define the Delegation Process
Delegation will be important part of your future business. The best time is to define the delegation process now.
48. You Are Not Alone
You must understand that you are not the one-man show. You are not alone.
49. You Can’t Survive Alone
If you want to be a one-man show, you need to understand that you will decrease your possibilities to become an entrepreneur.
50. Recruit Smart
You need to make a process that will recruit the best possible employees for your business. They are your future business potential energy.
51. Motivate Smart
Employees need to be motivated to if you want to get the best from them.
52. Lead Smart
You are the leader. Your job will be to lead.
53. You Can’t Please Everybody
Understand that you can’t please everybody. If you want to please everybody, you will lose some bigger part of your business potential energy.
54. Now, What’s Your Target Market?
Clearly define your target market if you want to give the best from you to satisfy them.
55. Always be Close to Your Target Market
You’l need always be on the places where are your target customers. Listen to them, educate them, help them…
56. Don’t Forget to Ask Questions
Ask questions. Ask a lot of questions.
Your customers are your bosses if you want to become an entrepreneur. You need to focus on them as something primary for you.
58. Create Value
You will sell the value not only your products and services.
59. Start Shipping the Value
The value is not about you. It’s about your potential customers. Because of that start with shipping now.
60. Make a Really Irresistible Offer
Irresistible offer is something that can’t be resisted, something that will provide long-term success of your business. Try to make really irresistible offer.
61. Always Research
If you want to become an entrepreneur, you’l need always researched everything around your business.
62. Observe Everything Around You
You as a future entrepreneur will need to be a good observer.
63. Evaluate but Also Finish Evaluations
Your job if you become an entrepreneur will be to evaluate, but don’t let your evaluation to last forever. They need to be finished, and the results from them implemented into your business.
64. Always Ask Why, What, Who, When and How
The crucial questions that you’l need always to ask if you become an entrepreneur are why, what, who, when and how about everything around your business.
65. Don’t Forget About Your Strengths and Weakness
Always try to improve your strengths and in the same time eliminates all of your weakness.
66. But, Also Look into Possibilities and Threats
You need to look outside of your company. There are possibilities and threats.
67. Always Search for Referrals
Referrals can increase your business potential energy drastically. Because of that, you need always to search for referrals.
68. Use Smart Marketing, Not Expensive Marketing
You’l need to be a smart marketer, not a marketer that only will spend money without results.
69. Always Try to Inject Virality in Your Marketing Weapons
Your marketing weapons need virality in them if you want to be seen from as much as possible potential customers.
70. Let’s All Your Marketing Weapons Communicate Your Value
Always check your marketing weapons to see if there is clearly communicated the value that your business offer.
71. Decide Quickly, But Relaying on Quality Information
Your decisions need to be based on the right information, in right time and at the right place.
72. Always be Transparent
Transparency will make your business much stronger than you think.
73. Be Patient, Entrepreneurship is not Quick Rich Strategy
You’l need to be patient. Entrepreneurs are patient. They know that success is not an overnight success.
74. Prepare Yourself for the Worse Scenarios
You need to know that statistically more businesses didn’t succeed. It means that more people don’t become entrepreneurs. You’l need to prepare yourself for the worse scenario with your business.
75. Have Your Plan B
Successful entrepreneur always had a plan B in the pocket.
76. Probably, You’l Need to Sacrifice Your Lifestyle
To be an entrepreneur can ask from you to sacrifice some or in some cases the whole your lifestyle.
77. Develop Plan About Repeating Purchases
Successful businesses rely on repeating customers. You’l need to develop a clear plan to ensure repeating purchases.
78. Think Twice Before You Start
Wait, for the moment, and think again before you start.
79. Think About Outsourcing
You can increase your productivity if you include outsourcing as a part of your business model.
80. Be Positive, Even if You Loose
Never be negative, even if you lose. If you lose the battle, that didn’t mean that you lose a war.
81. Start Blogging for Your Business
Blogging is one of the most powerful ways to share a word about your business. Why you are not using it?
82. Educate, don’t Sell
When you blog about your business, don’t try to sell, educate.
83. Don’t be Boring in Your Business Blog
Escape the philosophy of that well known boring corporate blogs.
84. Escape Me, Me and Me Syndrome
As you learn from the previous advices in this post, you are not alone. It’s not about you or your business. It is more about your customers.
85. Permanently Eliminate Problem Causes When You Solve the Problems
If you want to eliminate repeating occurrences of the same problems, you’l need to eliminate the problem causes immediately after you solve the problem.
You will have many obstacles on your path to become an entrepreneur. Always try to eliminate them.