There are so many things to think about when you are an entrepreneur. Gone are the days of just having to show up for class or work. The “nine to five” no longer exists and it has now been replaced with the “6 to 10,” or later. “Leaving your work at work,” is a silly saying that non-entrepreneurs muddle to themselves. You are in the think of it now and you are responsible for it all; doing the books, marketing, sweeping and mopping. Here’s a few tips to keep you going the right direction.
You’ve already taken the risk so make sure you’re doing work you care about. Why else get involved in something just for the mere idea of making money? Steve Jobs noted, “The only way to be satisfied in your life is to do work that you truly believe in.”
Surround yourself with people that are already where you want to be. Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn once said, “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” I’ve also heard it put like this, “If you’re hanging out with turkeys, you’ll never fly with eagles.”
When you’re looking for a team to surround yourself with it’s recommended that you hire people based on how they match up with your character and values. They may match up with the skills you need, but if they are a problem to work with on a daily basis, their skill won’t compensate in the long run.
Knowing your customer is imperative to business success. So this means you’ll need to meet them. Don’t be afraid to get dirty and relate to the people that will build your business. One of the best ways to get in touch with your customer base is to involve them with the growth of your company. Something as simple as running a video contest or interactive marketing campaign will really help you keep your finger on the pulse of what they want. Using competition management software like Skild will help you organize whatever business competition you choose to hold.
Source: 221 Success Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs – June 22, 2015 – Entrepreneur.com