Even in our day, the failure rate in a business is still surprisingly high. The reality is that it is not easy to start a company or make it grow in the current economy. Receiving the right advice from entrepreneurs who have already walked the road could make the difference between success and failure. Here, 14 suggestions from successful entrepreneurs that will help you get started so that your business can prosper.
- 1. «Look for a mentor, do not feel unmotivated by the slow growth and elaborate a plan». Adam Davis, author and American coach.
- 2. «Work with a mentor. Surround yourself with people who can support you on your way to entrepreneurship. Be very clear about how you will manage your money, because you will not receive a weekly check. » Nancy Sinclair Brook, outstanding consultant and speaker.
- 3. «Focus on these three key aspects: 1. Who is your ideal client and where can you find it online? 2. What are your needs and wants and what product or service can you create to help them? 3. Create a database with your potential customers to be able to address them more accurately when you start your business. » Jon Schumacher, business coach.
- 4. «When you start a business, it’s easy to forget other important aspects of your life. Unless you are looking for investors, do not limit yourself to creating a business plan: create a life and business plan. Take the time to identify your fundamental values, priorities, goals and an action plan to achieve them. It is possible to have a viable business plan and have the life you love. » Kelly Thorne Gore, founder of Bloom , community for women entrepreneurs.
- 5. «Only sell what you would sell to your own grandmother.» Jason Moffatt, business coach.
- 6. «However busy you are, do not leave aside your marriage or your personal relationships. You can not consider yourself successful in business if your personal life is shattered! » Susie Miller, interpersonal relations coach, author and speaker.
- 7. «Before undertaking, work your emotions. Believe in your mission and start from there. » Isabelle Rizzo, expert in digital marketing and creator of the blog The Bella Vie .
BEWARE OF NOISE …
- 8. «Too many entrepreneurs think that, since the barrier to entrepreneurship is getting lower, it is easier than ever to succeed. The reality is that it is easier than ever to start a business, but also, this is a very noisy world. Do not compete only with your competitors; You also compete for the attention of your clients with advertising, social networks and the endless videos of kittens. It requires a lot of effort, the search for excellence and a well thought out and directed message to stand out from the rest. Pay attention to the aesthetics of your marketing strategy and your website. » Ted Ryce, blogger and business coach.
- 9. «Value yourself more. Collect what you know you’re worth. Do not be afraid to ask for a fair payment for your work. No one will ever offer you more than you ask, so ask what you deserve. » Thomas G. Fiffer, business coach and author.
YOUR DAILY ACTIONS
- 10. «Surround yourself with people who elevate you to the next level. A morning ritual begins. Wake up earlier than usual to start programming your mind. Incorporate new habits into your daily routine, such as meditating, making affirmations, writing a diary or watching motivational videos. Never stop learning. Keep investing in yourself. Keep your body, mind and spirit in harmony. » Joe Rodriquez, business coach and author.
- 11. «Make these simple ideas your mantras: make a game plan, but keep your feet on the ground. Always look for a balance between having a solid plan and having the ability to interpret situations as they arise. » Benjamin Mullen, author, blogger and founder of Lazy Banana Productions.
- 12. «New entrepreneurs need to base their actions on the three ‘P’s’: practice, patience and perseverance. Always practice what you learn and what you already know. Patience is the hardest part to learn, so remember that Rome was not built in a day – you can print this sentence and place it on your desk to look at it in difficult times. The best things come for those who work hard, are constant and have patience. Finally, perseverance will keep you standing when you think about throwing in the towel. » Mary Kathryn Johnson, entrepreneur and creator of the Parent Entrepreneur HQ blog .
- 13. «Try everything. Do things related to your dream, and save everything you can to build the business you want so much. Then, do not be afraid to get rid of what does not serve your main purpose. » Andi Cumbo-Floyd, business coach.
- 14. «Focus on your strengths. To hire staff, look more than character in skills: that will help you form a stable team. » Marcos Orozco, entrepreneur and author.