Aurelien Amacker, founder and CEO of Systeme.io
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Wouldn’t it be great if you could stop taking orders, and finally be the one giving them?
Well, it’s possible!
Becoming an entrepreneur can give you much more freedom and flexibility.
You’ll be able to follow your passion, set your own working hours, and be your own boss - who doesn’t want that?
As enticing as it may sound, becoming a successful entrepreneur isn’t always easy.
But don’t worry, this article will provide you with all the necessary steps to help you become the accomplished entrepreneur you have always wanted to be.
How many times have you been told that the best way to become an entrepreneur is to create a completely original idea?
Probably too many times to count!
According to Aurelien Amacker, multi-millionaire founder and CEO of systeme.io, there is a much better way of approaching this “original idea” problem.
His advice is less risky and offers a far more effective way to start your business.
It can be summarised into the following two points:
Creating a different and improved version of something that already exists has a lot of benefits.
There is a significantly lower risk of failure, you already know the demand for it, and you know what does and doesn’t work in the industry.
We’re not saying you should never create your own idea, but it can definitely be riskier.
Not only will you be taking a huge risk in an unpredictable market, but you will also introduce a brand new concept that you aren’t even sure has a demand for.
If you are set on creating something original, make sure it is something you’re passionate about!
Original ideas need a lot of work. You will be spending a lot of time working on this idea, so make sure that you won’t get tired of it halfway through your planning process.
You also want to do extensive research and planning if you’re going this route to ensure that your idea is relevant in the market.
A great way to do that is to write a business plan.
We all know that it is important and beneficial to always plan something first. Your business is by no means an exception to that rule.
Several business failures are due to poor management and inefficient planning. Don’t fall into that trap!
You don’t need to have a business degree to write a business plan, it’s quite simple:
This part of the business plan is usually one page long and serves as an introduction to your business plan.
It will include information on all sections of your business plan, so it can be left for last.
To write a business plan, you need to know what’s happening in your business.
In this part, you want to set out a few key things about your business like:
This is the main seller. This part of your business plan should entail any and all details about the product/service which your business provides.
In this section, you must include:
It is essential that you extensively research your competitors and your target audience.
Knowing your market will result in you knowing when and where to look for opportunities!
This section of a business plan usually includes:
Money is the main reason why most businesses do what they do.
This part of your business plan needs to lay out your business’s financial details.
It is important to include:
You’re going to be the driving force behind your business, as much as you will be the face of it.
With such an important role, you must invest in yourself.
Improving your skills will help you tremendously. The more you know, the more independent you become.
If you don’t have the time to work on online courses, there are other ways that you can also gain knowledge and expertise. These can include things like:
Moreover, it is always good to have a few significant tools, which can help stay in contact with the right people.
For example, if you are an exporter, who is searching for buyers, then it is best that you start making good use of the tools available for you such as using a B2B platform like Eworldtrade or Amazon, Rakuten or Eworldtrade, which can provide you with the right information along with amazing trading opportunities.
Apart from concrete things you can study to improve yourself, it is also very important to take care of your well-being.
You can look after yourself by:
Entrepreneurs naturally have an insatiable appetite for success, but it’s crucial to give yourself a well-earned break in between projects to prevent burnout.
The biggest risk of becoming an entrepreneur is putting yourself in extreme debt to finance your business.
If you are ever faced with the challenging question of funding, consider all your options and choose the one best suited to your situation.
There are many options available, but usually include:
Loans are a scary topic.
Some make loans their solution and can repay all of the outstanding debts, but more often than not, businesses aren’t able to pay back their loans fast enough to curb the high interest rates.
This is why it’s best advised to use savings to fund your business.
Sure, not everyone has a ton of money in their savings, but that’s why you should thoroughly research how to fund your business, without going into debt.
A great way to fund your business is to start investing, especially in property.
Some of us just really dislike networking events - be it because of social anxiety or the bad food.
However discouraging it may be, we recommend that you make the most of those opportunities.
The only thing worse than not networking is networking with the wrong people.
Don’t spend your entire evening with one person. Embrace your inner social butterfly, and find a bunch of people who work in your industry!
Once you find people who are within your industry, be sure to make the strongest connection to those who are well-respected, successful, and accomplished.
This will ensure that you will be getting top-notch advice, guidance, and insight.
You wouldn’t want to take advice from someone whose business is failing, right?
You don’t only have to make connections with people in your industry. Reach out to anyone who might be helpful to your business!
Your attitude and mindset are super important.
There are certain personality traits and ways of thinking that all successful entrepreneurs have in common.
It’s not always just about one’s technical skillset, but also one’s ability to think in the right way.
You can have as many skills as you want, but if you have a negative attitude and don’t believe in yourself or your business, it won’t be easy to succeed.
If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you need to start thinking like one!
Here are two ways to do just that.
Don’t be too afraid or too proud to ask for help.
It’s a great leader trait to admit that you need help. We often become trapped in our own heads and fail to see when we’re creating problems for ourselves.
Failing to do so, is often where entrepreneurs go wrong. They become too stubborn to hear anyone else’s opinions.
As original and abstract as your business idea might be, there’s almost no business challenge that hasn’t been seen before.
There’s always going to be someone who can help you, you just have to let them.
Don’t limit help to only your field of work either.
They are in two different fields, yet still, ask for help and exchange advice with one another.
As two incredibly successful billionaires, it’s pretty safe to say that this must be a good method of problem solving!
Not a single entrepreneur suddenly woke up one day to find a successful business.
It takes hard work, dedication, and commitment.
You may be rejected in the process of pitching your business to investors, or at a bank.
You may even be rejected a couple of times!
But it’s so important that you keep persevering, and don’t become discouraged.
Even JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, was rejected an astounding 12 times but persevered and now has a net worth of over $650 million.
You never know just how close you could be to a breakthrough, never give up!
Becoming an entrepreneur can open up new and exciting new doors for you, but it takes hard work!
You have to put the effort in if you want to see results.
Making sure that your business, well-being, and relationships remain in check will help you in the long run.
Although it might not be an easy road, it is worth every bump!
Every bump is a new lesson, and every new lesson is a way of improving your business.
There are so many free resources available to help you become a successful entrepreneur, so what are you waiting for?
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