Running you own business looks as easy as ABC. I mean , no time restrictions or demands from your superior? That’s living a good life right there, right? Wrong. Running your own business is a difficult (but rewarding) task. It requires a lot of tolerance, perseverance and patience.
Starting your own business means you are ready for the risk, but the reason people fail at business management is the tendency of assuming and not knowing what you really want to do with your business or where you want to be a few years into the future. You must have a clear vision and a goal.
Start small by ensuring that you can handle challenges that come with running a small business. Those entrepreneurs who begin with humble operations can learn from their mistakes without taking on a lot of liabilities.
Everyone dreams of running a big business, have hundreds of employees and open a retail chain nationwide. Don’t let you dream overshadow reality, open a business you can afford; a business you can run, something within your ability. If you consider a loan choose one you’re able to pay even if your business picks slowly, which is often the case.
Sacrifice is a huge part in the journey of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs have to sacrifice sleep and spending times with friends and family. Sometimes you will have to work extra hours to ensure the business is running. In some cases, you’ll have to work all night to get that last proposal together. In other cases, you’ll be getting up very early to attend meetings.
Being your own boss means you can work under extremely uncomfortable situations in exchange of successful business.
“There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” – Jason Fried, founder of 37signal.
To build a successful business you must have a very strong team and staff. This will take time to find the perfect fit for certain positions. As an entrepreneur, not everyone will support you. Some will try to bring you down, you will fail, you will feel like quitting but the true measure of a good entrepreneur is whether they can persevere when it gets tough. Businesses aren’t always successful so at times you will have to use your savings to cater for extra expenses in your business.
Get every business related issue in writing especially contracts and agreements, this is important not only for professionalism but to save your business in future. Protect your trade secret, this information should not be known to others that compete with you in the same market.
An entrepreneur should understand that it is okay to fail. What matters is how you react to it.