Do you have dreams of owning your own business? Could you have what it takes to become a recognized force in the marketplace? Do you believe that your vision must be carried out for the betterment of the world? Can this be achieved if you aren’t in charge? The idea of being your own boss is compelling to lots of people. Of course, there are requisites to achieving this, and maybe a little bit of luck, as well. You must have the intangibles that separate folks who lead from folks who become employees and you must stay hungry.
Suzanne Clark didn’t rest on her laurels. She understands that an entrepreneur must not ever be quite satisfied with the state of things. Developing the mindset that will set you apart and help to establish your brand and independence is critical to becoming an entrepreneur.
- Be Up for the Challenge
One guarantee to becoming an entrepreneur is that you will encounter issues and situations that challenge you. These could be challenges to your financial picture, your intelligence or your spirit. It shouldn’t matter what it is, though, because your attitude must always remain static, in that soon you will find your way past whatever obstacle exists.
Part of this concept is to constantly keep moving forward. When you’ve solved one problem, you don’t retire to a few well-earned days off. You need to have the will to push yourself to meet the necessary performance standards.
- Acknowledge & Classify Risk
To be in business for yourself is to recognize risk and then determine which risks are worth taking. This could mean having a team of trusted people around you that will advise you. This could mean making snap decisions related to money or production. Suppose you believe that clothes make the man, as the saying goes. Should you then, even though pinched for money, spend several thousand dollars on suits, ties and cuff links? Will that investment impress enough to ensure sales? Does this mindset stop at clothes or does it extend to vehicle or office space?
Whether it’s seeking to obtain a loan that could crush you if defaulted upon or getting into business with a wild card, considering important issues with the mindset of potential risk involved is smart and could keep you from making big mistakes or missing potential opportunities.
- Create a Plan & Visualize
It’s not enough to have a desire to wear the entrepreneur hat. You need a plan. A strong business plan won’t just point you in the right direction, but it will raise questions that need to be answered about how you’ll get from point A to point B to point C and so on. It’s also a document that any potential money-lender or venture capitalist will want to examine closely before they offer their capital.
- Surround Yourself With a Strong Team
You can’t do everything yourself. To that end, you need to find people who are honest, hard-working and dependable, and that’s simply your baseline. Do you need somebody that believes in your vision as passionately as you do? Is kindness a virtue that you expect to be in play? Do you expect your team to have cross-training capabilities or will it simply work together with everyone in their particular lanes? Only you know who is going to be the right fit. The sooner you get those pieces in place, the sooner your collective business mind expands.
- Study Financial Options
There are many different types of loan options available to small businesses and you need to find the ones with the best fit. Whether you need an SBA loan, short-term loan, bridge loan or equipment financing will be determined based on your particular needs.
Becoming a successful entrepreneur takes a lot of hard work. If you are willing to put in the work, you’ll take a deep dives into problem-solving, logistical engineering, communicating, buying, selling and loads of other things. Along the way, you will develop wisdom that will serve you down the road.