Everyone wants money. Whether you have a 9-5 or choosing to become an entrepreneur, it is important to not only do research on your industry, but mentally prepare yourself for the road ahead.
Now I am only a year and a half in so I can only give you incentives on what I feel will help. However, I have also referenced some points from Sarah Peterson's article, '16 Quick And Painless Actions To Take To Help Start Your Business" below where you can read her full article here.
As stated before this road is not easy and it takes a great deal of focus and self-motivation to truly even get the ball rolling. So, if you were like me in the beginning and you are stuck on exactly where you should start, hopefully this helps:
1. Know who you want to be
Having an idea is one thing but having a clear vision as to where you want to go and what you want to do is another. Before you even create a product, just know what you want to do.
'I want to be a store owner', 'I want to be an online boutique owner', 'I want to be a fitness guru', 'I want to be a wrestler', 'rapper', whatever -
Knowing what you want to do before you even create your product is key. So do some soul searching and when you have that one motive, that one title of what you want to be, you've already picked up the pencil, now it's time to write the story.
2. How will you benefit the next person?
This is your product. Whatever your product is, whether it is quick Instagram videos or email updates with helpful tips, having something to give is the first step in sustaining who you want to be.
Whatever product you have in mind, whether you are selling it or if it is a free service or tip, make sure that is appeals to your 'who you want to be' audience.
3. You do not need a lot of money
Relax, take a deep breath, and remember some of the best business were built off of a couple hundred dollars. With all of these free websites, like wix.com, it is easy to cut out the middle man to begin an easy start-up site or platform.
4. Brainstorm a little and some more, then brainstorm again
It's okay to scribble whats on your mind. Writing out your vision and your customer benefits is the strong foundation you need. It's kind of like adding gas to your car.
The more you brainstorm the easier it will be to pinpoint who you want to be, your product, and how you will get your product to your customers. Also, you come up with some pretty cool names for your business after a good brainstorm.
5. Tell someone about it
Don't be afraid of what people will think. Self-confidence is the best confidence. Some people might try to shoot you down and some people can truly help or motivate you. On this road, it is important that you get used to pitching, so telling a close relative or even a friend about your idea, will not only motivate you, but make it real for you.
6. Believe in yourself
Believing in yourself is the most misunderstood tips because although it might sound easy, it's actually truly difficult when the enemy called doubt begins to sink in. When doubt sinks in, it is easy to but make yourself believe that the idea is stupid, or anyone won't support it. Let's be honest, it's easier to not be an entrepreneur and get a regular job.
If this road was easy, everyone would be doing it.
You have to believe in yourself and your product so much, that no matter what setbacks you endure, because you will endure many, you will understand that it's all apart of the road.
Things will happen, bad things, but also really good things will happen for you if you just believe you can do this.
It took me a while to gain that self-confidence but once I did, no one could not tell me anything. Begin to train yourself to think as such:
'setbacks will occur and people will try to stop me, but I know and believe this is my calling and those roadblocks are apart of the road to success... if this was easy, everyone would be doing it'
Now that I've given some of my incentives, here are my 3 favorite tips from Sarah Peterson's article "16 Quick And Painless Actions To Take To Help Start Your Business". To read her full article, click here:
4. Set a “launch” date
Working toward something blindly without having a timeline will throw fuel on the fire of procrastination.
If you don’t know what you’ll launch, set a “quit my job” date. That will be the date you have to work toward to build this thing.
You will be unemployed after that point, and you’ll need to support yourself.
9. Procrastinate (intentionally)
Spend the next 20 minutes on Reddit, Pinterest or Quora. These sites are a great place for market research and you can get some seriously good ideas by absorbing your target market’s questions.
If you already have your idea, these will give you an edge by showing you exactly what your target market is thinking, struggling with and what words they use to describe it. Time: 20 minutes
12. Write your “about” page
It doesn’t matter what type of business you want to start — it needs an “about” page. Blogs, Etsy Shops, Amazon Stores, eBay Stores, consultants, coaches and advisors all have one thing in common: They need to tell the world what they do.
So, even if you don’t know what you want to call your business, you can write an “About” page. Bonus: This can also focus you and provide clarity. Time: 20 minutes