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10 things every starting entrepreneur should know


What skills do you require to start your own business? Entrepreneurship is on the rise. There are more than 400 million entrepreneurs all over the world, so, building a unique and relevant business is very important.

Here are the factors to consider when pursuing an entrepreneurial venture;

Setting priorities is important:

As much as you would like to, you cannot do everything, it is very important to DELEGATE and focus your time and energy on important areas that require constant attention.

The areas that receive your attention generally do better than most which may mean some hard choices and sacrifice will have to be made.

There is rarely any work-life balance:

Most successful entrepreneurs spend a disproportionate part of their life working on their company, it is important to realize that there are no structured work hours and most times you will need to put in extra hours.

A successful business venture solves market needs:

Ideas are beautiful and important but business is more than an idea, you can come up with ideas all day long but if it does not satisfy a large enough need of people then it doesn’t do any good.

Actions trump ideas:

Anyone can think of an idea but only the brave execute their ideas, stop thinking and start working.

Take small steps towards your goals:

Contrary to popular belief, entrepreneurs are conservative and don’t typically jump face-first into the race towards their goals. It’s important to take small steps towards achieving your goals, taking pauses to learn how those small steps benefited you and building that lesson into the second small step and so on and forth.

Do not micro-manage:

A company that is micro-managed will never grow more than one person, you will create a bottleneck and that will cause you not to get the best ideas out of your employees once they understand that the company is set up to revolve only around you and your expectations.

Be resourceful:

There are obstacles in every business venture but only a successful entrepreneur is resourceful enough to turn an obstacle into an asset. You must find creative ways to turn every obstacle into an asset.

Know the demographics that require your services:

It is important to know the demographics and needs of your services and tailor those products to fill their needs, this will help you market your products when the time comes.

You need a smart advisory board:

The board will provide you with new perspectives, ideas, and honest feedback.

Create checklists:

Checklists will help you make sure you don’t overlook anything and help you set goals, decide on appropriate strategies to help you accomplish those goals and assist in budget planning.

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