How to Get on the Fast Track to Entrepreneurship
Posted on: 11 August 2018 by Lerone Graham
Use these tips to guide you toward being your own boss.
Entrepreneurship is universal, to the point that you don’t need to let things like age and station in life get in the way. In fact, you can use “retirement” as a motivator to fill your days in a way that build your own enterprises and streams of income.
However, if you are thinking of going into business for yourself, be sure that you’re aware of what you’re undertaking. You will work much harder for yourself than you did for any job you’ve taken, since you have to wear so many hats.
In order to get through it and grow as an entrepreneur, be sure that you develop and follow a blueprint for success. There are no “secrets” involved with going into business for yourself. You mainly need to have some focus on your marketing, an insatiable work ethic and processes that help you focus and remain productive.
To get started on this on your terms, and to grow in a way that is sustainable, read on and follow these tips.
Tip #1: Get religious about calendars and scheduling
You’ll come to realize that your biggest ally or enemy is time. It’s important to take ownership over this by getting the most out of your time, since you and everyone else in the world gets just 24 hours each day.
The better you get at auditing your time and being mindful of it, the easier it is to reduce ttime-wasting activity. On a macro level, be sure that you start scheduling out your calendar so that you know exactly what your big goals are for each day, week, and month. When you get this surgical with your approach, you’ll find that you’re better able to hit your goals and live life on your terms.
Use Google Calendar or another app to put dates in regarding both your personal and professional life. The first thing that you will notice is that your personal and professional life will begin to blend together, since you’re your own boss and must be mindful in how you spend your time. Schedule out every bit of it, from reminders to call your parents to business meetings and cold calls. This helps you to also overcome decision fatigue and make your life easier.
Scientific research and data indicates that decision fatigue is a very real thing, since our brains are only equipped to make approximately 230 decisions any given day.
Setting the tone for your days, weeks, and months make it much easier to beat decision fatigue and use your energy toward productivity.
As far as taken control over your individual days, start working out methods that help you increase your productivity and prevent time wasting and mind wandering. One of the best techniques you can adopt is the Pomodoro Method. With this method, you’re on task and focused for 25 minutes, followed by 5-minute breaks. After doing this four times, you can allow yourself a longer break -- somewhere between 15 minutes and 30 minutes.
There are also productivity apps, such as Forest, which will allow you to follow this and other techniques, as you audit and perfect your productivity.
Tip #2: Make networking your bread and butter
Networking is every bit as important as your job itself. The more that you get the word out and sell and market your services, the easier it’ll be for you to find new, unique work opportunities.
Start simple by making sure that you have the tools for marketing. For instance, order a batch of metal business cards that you can hand out in order to connect with people. Rather than just having and holding onto these cards, you’ll want to put yourself in situations week in and week out that involve marketing.
Something as simple as going to professional mixers and meetups can reap huge dividends for your life as a professional. Take some time out to travel as well so that you are able to go to conferences and get face time with other professionals.
Get your social media in order, making sure that your pages reflect what you offer and that you are getting the word out about your services and areas of expertise.
Tip #3: Put a prime focus on wellness
When you go into business for yourself, you really can’t afford to get sick or take as much time off. Since you don’t get paid for vacation days, at least the initial push for building your business will require a huge amount of sacrifice.
To be sure that you always have the energy and longevity to get it done, get your nutrients in every day and keep your body fit. Be mindful of your diet and cut out foods that sap your energy and drain you. When you focus on getting quality fruits, vegetables and other nutrients, it’s easier for you to stay in the game and able to put your best foot forward.
Add a water cooler to your home office so that you can stay hydrated feed your brain and stay on top of your mental focus.
Tip #4: Always improve your marketing
Marketing is something that you need to learn and embrace each step of the way. This means learning about search engine optimization, which is the hottest form of marketing at the moment. This will help you to raise your visibility and get the word out about your company.
Making the most out of your marketing will help you find new and different opportunities and will keep you relevant. You will need to also develop your social media presence in a way that grounds your company and sets a solid foundation.
Never take your foot off the gas when it comes to marketing and keep your business ahead of the curve in this regard.
As you can see, there is really no age limit today when it comes to the type of success you can have as a professional. Use these four solid recommendations to help you when you’d like to groom yourself to grow and thrive as an entrepreneur.