Staring the journey of entrepreneurship is an exciting one, but the important thing to remember is that it’s just a start. There’s a long road ahead, and, if you undertake your journey correctly, you should not be the same person at the end of it that you were at the start. There are things you hopefully learn, and here are the most important things you should keep in mind.
Learn About Yourself
As with first entering high school, or college, becoming your own boss should be a journey of self-discovery. You’ve never been a boss, a manager, a person in charge of hiring before, so what kind of boss are you? Find out what your strengths are. If you’re social and enjoy engaging with others, play to that and do a lot of social networking. If you’re not the social type, but have a way with words, consider putting an emphasis on your writing ability, creating the necessary documents or marketing that will convince others to give you a look. Find out who you really are as a professional now that you can wear any hat you like.
Challenge Your Ignorance
There are going to be a lot of things you don’t know, but that’s a GOOD THING. It means there are a lot of new skills or bits of wisdom and knowledge that you can learn. Know where your blind spots are and start addressing them. Just because you don’t know something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t admit it and avoid it. Where would we be if everyone that had never used a smartphone refused to pick up one up because it was new and different?
Learn To Trust & Rely On Others
Now more than ever, you will need to engage with other people in order to succeed. You’re no longer just a cog in a machine, you work with partners in other businesses, ally with other service providers, or simply have to hire people to work under you as employees. Take the time to learn how effectively work with others and trust them to do their jobs while you do yours.