It seems that the recent recession has forced many people into deep consideration about their career path and their future what with many companies going bust and jobs becoming unstable. Many have decided to start their own business and to put their entrepreneurship to the test. If that is you, have a read of these top five tips for budding entrepreneurs.
- Build a Network: When you first start your own venture it can be daunting and lonely. By building up a network of both peers and people who inspire you, you will feel much less like you our out on a limb as they have been or are going through the same process as you. One of the best ways to do this is through networking events. Have a look on the internet for networking meetings and clubs in your area. As well as finding people for your support network you will more than likely also find that these networking events are great for generating business.
- Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses: Most entrepreneurs are what you might describe as visionaries, people who see the bigger picture or the end result. However, it is the here and now, what we are in this moment that makes a difference and will help us get to our ultimate goal. Identify your strengths and make the most of them and hire somebody who is strong in the areas that you are weak so that all bases are covered.
- Never Stop Learning: We live in an ever changing world where we must keep up or risk being left behind. You will never get to the point where you know so much that there is nothing new to learn about your craft, customers or area of business. Read books and online articles, attend workshops and speak to experts in the industry on a regular basis. Always ask for feedback on your products or projects and continue to develop them through what you learn.
- Develop You People Skills: This is something that is extremely underrated but incredibly valuable. A lot of entrepreneurs tend to be extremely confident and can come across as brash, harsh or cocky. Developing your people skills will mean better relationships with both your customers and employees which is only ever going to be a positive thing.
- Be Hands On: You need to know your business inside out as an entrepreneur. Take some time to do every job within your company from answering the phone and making sales calls to processing and shipping orders. This way you will understand how each area works and any difficulties that they face.
Vicky works alongside Precept Optimum Performance who are sales training providers. She loves to write articles about entrepreneurship and has a little business of her own which she is currently building up.