Want Your Own Business? Start Doing This Now!
If I could tell my younger self a thing or two to prepare myself for entrepreneurship, here’s what I’d recommend...
READ, READ, READ.
Put down the business text books and get stuck in to some personal development titles. I’ve found both personally and with clients, it’s as much about talent and skill as it is about your mindset and the courage to put yourself out there. I recommend reading ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Wallace D Wattles, ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks, ‘Choose Yourself’ by James Altucher and ‘Daring Greatly’ by Brene Brown. These have all had a huge impact on my life.
Start writing about anything you are interested in. Just anything. At the beginning it doesn’t really matter; it’s about learning to write, finding what you enjoy writing about and building an audience. Sign up to Tumblr or Wordpress to get started, or try Medium or BlogLovin’ for more exposure.
JOIN A FACEBOOK COMMUNITY.
Starting a business takes guts and hard work, and not all of your friends and family will understand. The single best thing I’ve done so far is to surround myself with like-minded people. Join a free Facebook group in your area/industry like Suffolk Business Stars, Being Boss (for Creatives) or Freedom Hackers Mastermind by Kimra Luna.
KEEP AN IDEAS BOOK.
Don’t let a single idea go without writing it down. I can’t tell you the number of times I had an idea on the bus, in the shower, in a restaurant and thought “I’ll write that down later” only to forget it… forever. Your idea might not work right now, but in my experience, looking back through my ideas book has given me fantastic inspiration later down the line.
FIND A MENTOR OR HIRE A COACH.
My life and business completely changed when I invested in a coach in 2015. I look back now and don’t know why I wasted time and money struggling for years to figure it all out on my own. I learned more in 6 months than I had in 6 years! Today, my biggest and most important investment is in hiring professionals who can teach me what I need to do to get my idea going and continually up-level my business. They will keep you accountable and provide that second opinion you sometimes need when you’re working alone.
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