Today, young people are turning to entrepreneurship to overcome a tough economy, and in the process, creating new businesses and new jobs. Now is the time to support this movement.


How To Become An Entrepreneur: Start talking about your business idea. If your listeners are interested then your idea could turn into a business. Thanks To: Alexandra Mayzler of Thinking Caps Tutoring keep talking and pay attention
How To Become An Entrepreneur: To become an entrepreneur, train yourself to be self-disciplined and intrinsically motivated.
How To Become An Entrepreneur: Someone who wants to become an entrepreneur should research, research, research their competition tirelessly from all aspects before deciding to move forward — and then come up with how to differentiate yourself. There’s room for everyone — but you have to know what you’ll be up against first! Thanks To: Melanie Heywood of Listasaurus.com
How To Become An Entrepreneur: Someone who wants to become an entrepreneur should identify at least 5 business people in the same or similar industry that they are considering.   Pick their brain.  Ask them what lead to their success, what surprised them along the way and what they would do differently.  Choose one that you have the best rapport with, is successful  but has made a lot of mistakes – then ask if they would consider being your mentor.
You should know your weaknesses.

Attention!!!, entrepreneurs in the making! Before we get started, let’s get one thing straight – YOU ARE BORN WITH IT. Passion, thirst, risk-taking, innovation, intelligence, and so many other variables that make up a successful entrepreneur, cannot be taught. They are either in your genes or not. Sorry but that is the brutal, God-honest, truth.

LET ME START WITH A FEW HARD TRUTHS OF BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR:
1. it’s stressful. If you think meeting a boss’s deadlines or demands is tough, try meeting your own, especially when your personal savings are on the line. Maybe you’ve already taken out a second mortgage and your credit cards are maxxed out. Or maybe you’ve borrowed money from family and friends and you’re on the hook to pay them back, ASAP
2. It’s never-ending. Yes, it can be thankless to work for someone else, knowing your skills and talents are ultimately making someone else a bundle. But in most jobs, you can leave the work behind when you go home to enjoy your family, friends or hobbies. As an entrepreneur, the workload can be intense, especially during the early stages when you are the CEO, CFO, HR person, sales staff, marketing guru, tech guy, office manager, and janitor. With all these roles, there’s rarely a moment that you feel your work is “done” for the day. There’s always something more you could be doing, like researching new markets, writing press releases, contacting new media, cold calling new sales outlets, developing new products and the list goes on. And that can eat away at time formerly devoted to family, leisure activities, workouts or relaxation. It’s a difficult balance to strike.
3. It’s frustrating. Maybe you’ve partnered with someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart. Or you’ve received a shipment of damaged products that you need for a trade show the next day. Or the media appearance you spent days preparing for is suddenly cancelled due to a natural disaster. As an entrepreneur, these types of situations happen on a regular basis. (I speak from experience; all of the above happened to me.)


So with this kind of stress, pressure and workload, why, then, would anyone subject themselves to being an entrepreneur? The answer is simple: the positives outweigh the negatives:
1. It’s rewarding. When you’re successful, you reap both financial and emotional rewards. There’s no better feeling than seeing a product you’ve worked hard to develop on store shelves, or when you’ve provided successful service for a grateful client.
2. It’s flexible. Once you work for yourself, it’s common to feel you could never work in a conventional 9-to-5 environment again. I believe it’s mostly due to the flexibility. Yes, you may work more hours, but you can do so on your own terms.
3. It’s the chance to create. Many entrepreneurs are driven by the need to build something great, help other people, or leave something behind. Perhaps it’s a business that your children can join and grow; maybe it’s the legacy of creating something that will be around long after you’re gone.
You first implementation might be wrong, not because youre not smart not doing the right things, or some other reason to come down hard on yourself. As it turns out, this is actually a good sign.
You Will Make Less Than Normal Wages For A While
If you got into entrepreneurship first and foremost for the money, then you are in the wrong business. Sure you may one day sell your company, but that day is probably far far away.
Everything Takes Twice As Long…If It Even Happens
Multiply everything by two, including the things inside of your control. When things take longer, you sometimes think that you’re doing it wrong or no one really cares. In reality, everyone else has multiple deals and responsibilities on the table. By factoring this into the expectations of your startup, it makes a lot easier to prepare for launching products, closing deals, and more. Also, be persistent and get the other party what they need as soon as possible.
Customers will frustrate you
You Can’t Do It All Yourself
Some entrepreneurs have a superhero complex that they feel they can do everything themselves or with just one co-founder. They think that it’s possible to scale the company with just two to three people. This just results in being overworked and unfocused. Know when to let go of your pride and bring in people that are often smarter than you are.
There Is No Such Thing As An Overnight Success
In some cases you may be able to find out that your idea just won’t work or that you are one of the lucky few that get acquired early on. Other than that, be prepared to work on your start up for many many years. The press often makes it seem as if success happened overnight, but the entrepreneurs themselves spent a lot of time with the company over the course of many years. Start ups aren’t a 5k, but an all out iron man competition.

ON A FINAL NOTE:
When a painter begins their masterpiece, they are looking at a blank slate. When a sculptor begins their masterpiece, they are looking at a lump of clay. What separates the master painter and master sculptor from the rest of the crowd is that they see opportunity from that blank slate or lump of clay. When an entrepreneur envisions their masterpiece, they are looking at nothing other than opportunity. That is the same opportunity that the master painter or sculptor sees.
If you do what everyone else has done, you will have what everyone else has. It is entrepreneurs who are willing to do what no one else is willing to do so they can have what no one else has. They are willing to give up immediate gratification for long-term fulfillment. They don’t mind working long nights and weekends because they believe that those long hours will be worth it in the end. It is that belief that drives them to do what they do in the face of fear, uncertainty and doubt. Therefore, when they persist on, they do end up creating a masterpiece.

I therefore dedicate this to all Batch B 2011/12 corps members who are good to go, don’t wait for another year, start now… there is room for everyone but the big thinker stands out!!!

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