Going From Employee to Entrepreneur
Here are the three pieces of wisdom for newbie entrepreneurs.
1) If you decide to make the leap and become an entrepreneur after working a 9 to 5, you might be scared. Part of that fear consists of how you will pay your bills without a steady paycheck, how you will get your first client, or, for some, how to explain to everyone that you are starting a business. To reduce the anxiety, start celebrating the small wins. Entrepreneurs always miss the obvious and most crucial milestone; acknowledging the leap of faith in you. That is a tremendous deal. There is a quote that says – I rather try than not try than regret that I did not try. Many people will fantasize about starting a business but will never make the leap to do it. Remember, taking a leap of faith is incredible because you are investing in YOU! You are already ahead of the curve!
2) Learn you are not CRAZY despite what your friends or inner voice may say. I always say that being an entrepreneur is like being Dr. Jekyle and Mr. Hyde. One minute you believe you can do it; the next minute, you feel like you can't. This is normal! It happens to all of us entrepreneurs. Launching this blog took me time because I had a lot of doubts. However, being an entrepreneur means doing the work even where there is fear. You have to get out of your comfort zone.
3) Keeping learning. Even when launching a business in an industry you have worked in for several years, remember you didn’t do every job at the company. The key to your survival is learning as much as possible and knowing that you can’t do it all. So hire good people, read as many books as possible in areas you aren't familiar with, and always be humble to learn and listen.