You've decided that even though you like working with customers, you don't like working for others. You know the traditional 9-to-5 workday path isn't for you. You have a sneaking suspicion you were born to be an entrepreneur, but you're not quite sure how to go about developing your entrepreneurship skills. If you want to build a career that is fulfilling and long-lasting in rapidly expanding, opportunity-rich industries, there are a number of ways you can nurture your inner entrepreneur.
Traveling and exploring is a fabulous way to nurture your entrepreneurial leanings. Learn to discover startup communities in the countries and cities you visit. Investigate business climates to get a feel for how welcoming different locations are to entrepreneurs and their ideas. Using your travels as a way to explore business trends around the globe not only expands your interests as an entrepreneur, but might actually help you spot business opportunities others have missed.
Become a Connector
It is never too early to start building your business network. From working out of co-working spaces to participating in a business building workshop, try to look at every connection opportunity as a chance to build your network. You never know when you'll need to draw on the skills of an acquaintance or offer their skills to a business associate looking for talent. Make it your mission to develop a reputation as a formidable networking aficionado. That reputation will stand you in good stead as you build your entrepreneurial career.
As you're building your networking reputation, ensure that authenticity guides each relationship you build. Both investors and potential employees can spot fakers a mile away. If authenticity is one of your guiding principles, you'll develop relationships that are long and lasting. You don't want others to think of you as a schmoozer, but instead as a genuine person with an intriguing background and a willingness to connect with others.
Don't become a trend follower. Carve your own path and build a business that matters to YOU. Let others chase the latest hot trend. Focus your efforts on being original and growing your company on your terms. Investors and business associates will appreciate your willingness to do your own thing and not become just another entrepreneur jumping on the latest business fad.
Develop a love for hard work and a willingness to “get your hands dirty.” Be inspired by the sense of accomplishment hard work brings. A truly happy entrepreneur is one who has built their business with their own sweat and brain power. If you learn to be inspired by your desire to grow a formidable business, you'll never want for motivation or need an extra push to keep driving your company forward.
Your path as an entrepreneur may not be an easy one, but it can be a fulfilling one if you're willing to develop core attributes. Doubling-down in skills like those listed above is an excellent way to color your career with fulfillment and pride. Will you be incorporating any of these skills into your entrepreneurial endeavors?