Starting a business for the first time — especially if you're young — can be really scary. I've never done this before! But I still have college loans! Payroll? Has anyone seen my Intro to Marketing textbook? Yes, these are all valid concerns and there's pretty much nothing I can say to make them less real. How's that for comforting? And to reassure you even further, some of the worries that keep you awake at night may never go away. Or they'll just be replaced by new ones. How can I keep my clients? I need to make more money! What if no one reads my blog? But something young entrepreneurs have going for them is energy, enthusiasm and optimism, which can go a long way to overcome these worries. So if you're thinking of going solo, or if you already have, put all those good traits to work for you!
From an early age, I wasn't afraid to try something new. And by early age, I mean, like, four. I was creative and ambitious and if an idea could make money, I was interested! Having my own gig has always suited my personality. Who better to be the boss of me than, well, me? When you're running your own company, you get to decide what you want to do and how you'll do it. I rather like that. So it's not surprising that I've had a few different business ventures, as well as a few regular-paying jobs — in my early days at least. I've learned so much from my experiences, which have all contributed to making me a better business owner and entrepreneur.
Young entrepreneurs, take note!
Now, onto the advice portion of my blog! Let's get back to those helpful traits I mentioned earlier: enthusiasm, energy, optimism. These will serve you well as you embark on a new venture. You have to be excited about what you're doing if you're going take the risk of starting your own business. No one will be as invested in the success of your company than you. So be excited! Work hard. And work smart. That means learning as much as you can about your chosen industry and market; and finding a mentor you trust who can offer advice. Doing this is key for young entrepreneurs! Jump on any chance to learn from those who've been there, done that.
I'm a big believer in doing your homework before diving in. I've written plenty on that topic before! You've got to have some idea of what you're getting into if you want to succeed. But once you've done that, it's up to you to be the driving force behind your fledgling business. Think of yourself as both the player and the cheerleader (in whichever uniform you prefer).
Be Oh So Quotable This Week!
Not too long ago, I said that owning a business means the work never ends! Ain't that the truth? I bet your to-do list is a mile long! Make sure that the items at the top of your list are the things that relate to being more profitable. Everyone is so proud of being so "busy"...But Are You Making Any Money? Don't be too busy to focus! And don't be too proud to put yourself out there when you're marketing your business!
This week, we've got a roundup of quotes from some of my favorite authors (including yours truly!) to help young entrepreneurs who are getting started. Take a look at 21 Suggestions for Success from H. Jackson Brown, Jr. for more inspiration and One Minute List.
Check out the summary of last week's business tips and motivational quotes from my Instagram page which you hopefully got to see in real time! If not, let's make sure we're following each other on Instagram!! So... here is this week's roundup of Instagram images of My Top Business Tips and Motivational Quotes.
Young Entrepreneurs – Tip #1:
"Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else."
Young Entrepreneurs – Tip #2:
"Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know."
Young Entrepreneurs – Tip #3:
"Hire an intern to pick up the slack filing and other simple, easily communicated, repetitive tasks."
Young Entrepreneurs – Tip #4:
"Have a grateful heart."
Young Entrepreneurs – Tip #5:
"Winners never quit. Quitters never win."
Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs? I'd love to hear from you!
I'm sure you have some advice for young entrepreneurs. Maybe you were one once upon a time. Or maybe you are one now! Which tips above did you find helpful? I would LOVE to hear from you!
Anyhoo...I publish these business tips and motivational quotes to get you fired up for your work week! And, if you want more business tips, get my book, But Are You Making Any Money? or contact me to really take your business to the next level!
P.S. Of course that's not all we've got! Searching for more small business tips about how to grow your business?
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