When you become an entrepreneur, you’re sort of thrown into the deep end of business. There is no one there to tell you whether you are doing things right or wrong. Which means you are on your own when making some of the big decisions of your life.
Be your own salesperson
Whether it’s the ability to sell yourself, your service or your product: an innate desire to sell to the consumer is something every budding entrepreneur should have. If you start out as a solo-preneur you will need to be able to sell your idea, concept, or prototype to investors and potential customers.
Tip: Never been good at sales or pitching to others? Practice your pitch with a mentor or someone that you know is amazing in sales. Effective sales presentations often need practice, lots of it, before you’re ready to convince others to buy-in to your idea.
Procrastination is the killer of productivity and advancement. If you are the type of person who puts off getting things done just because you can, then business ownership may not be for you. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur you have to be willing to be dedicated to the work, even when you don’t feel good or conditions aren’t ideal.
You need to be comfortable trusting your own instinct and intuition. You will get a lot of feedback and criticism as a business owner. Most communication will only add to a mile high pile of opinions. You are the one left to decipher which advice to listen to and which to ignore. When you’re able to hone in on your own inner voice and trust yourself, you’re empowered to make the right choices for your business.
Be confident in yourself, your products and your ideas. You may have heard the phrase ‘act confident and no one will question you’. It’s solid gold advice – that works every time. If you present yourself as someone who knows what they are doing – even when you’re really just winging it – you will have everyone’s interest and attention. All because people are drawn to confidence.
Master time management
Running a business involves a lot of different elements. Because of this, you will need to plan out every second of your day. It’s a good idea to keep a planner and a to-do list with you at all times. You want to stay on top of everything that you need to do. If you have trouble managing time or find yourself spending too much time on individual tasks consider investing in time management skills training.