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This Is How You Can Become An Entrepreneur (It’s Easier Than You’ve Imagined!)

This Is How You Can Become An Entrepreneur (It’s Easier Than You’ve Imagined!)

Becoming an entrepreneur starts with a mindset. You may be tired of working for others and want to start your own thing, or you want to make a difference in our world. Whatever the reason that drives you to embark on an entrepreneurial journey, it should be strong enough to keep you going during the challenges that you will be faced with.

The good thing is that to become an entrepreneur you don’t need some kind of special qualification or high and mighty friends to set you on the journey. What it actually involves is this:

Ask yourself if you are really willing to do the work

Many think that being your own boss means more independence and freedom to do whatever you want. But entrepreneurs work harder than many average employees who simply wait for their paycheck to arrive. If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur you have to love to work and put in the energy it takes to succeed.

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Check that your business will add value to people’s lives, and that there’s a market for it

Being an entrepreneur goes deeper than simply following your passion. Ask yourself, how will what I love doing add value to people’s lives? Is it something that other people will be willing to part with their money for?

Develop experience

Being an entrepreneur means you need to be knowledgeable in many areas involved with owning a business. It goes beyond simply having a skill. You should be curious and willing to learn. Do jobs that will offer you learning experience- as there is so much to learn, from financial resources to legal matters, and more.

Write a plan

Having a plan offers you direction and purpose. It means you have a strategy and you are willing to go the extra mile to make your dreams work. If you don’t have a plan, there really is no proof that you are committed to being successful as an entrepreneur.

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Execute your plan

Successful entrepreneurs don’t procrastinate. They take action, because action is what will see you succeed. Follow up on your plan by doing what needs to be done. Along the way you should definitely be adaptable and flexible in order to navigate the challenges that you will be faced with. But this is also the fun part of being an entrepreneur.

Develop your skills as a salesperson

The focus in entrepreneurship is on selling. All successful entrepreneurs are great salespeople, and you should be too. Learn how to sell what you think is a great product/service. Make sure that you have the right attitude because people will not be paying for your product/service alone- they will also be paying for a relationship with you.

Acquire a mentor

Mentors are like compasses who help steer you in the right direction as you navigate the path to success. Mentors offer you advice and support in getting you to your desired destination as an entrepreneur. As you move along the road of entrepreneurship you will realize how important relationships are. The best relationship to start with if you want to make yourself a successful entrepreneur is a relationship with a great mentor.

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Gather a great team

As you go through the process of being an entrepreneur, you will understand that there are many things you cannot do on your own. You need the help and support of others to help your dream become a reality. This is where hiring comes in to play. You have to get the right personnel to help you implement the goals of your business.

Plan for problems

Know that it is a rough road. Success doesn’t come easy. You have to believe in possibilities. Along the way there will be challenges: getting more money to run your business, fighting competition, facing your clients and impressing them, hiring the right personnel, and being creative throughout the entire process. You need a lot of optimism and foresight to guide you over the hurdles.

But also remember that being an entrepreneur is fun. You become your own boss, you learn a lot of skills in the process, you meet a lot of people, and add value to the lives of many. Plus, you build a legacy that can be passed on to your children.

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So, if you want to be an entrepreneur- just get started!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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