Ditching the 9-5 is amazing.
But despite dreams of laid back and easy days that involve you doing whatever you want to do, you soon realize that working for yourself is actually still hard work. (Imagine that)
An entrepreneur is born, not created. It takes heart, courage, and work. But those of us who are born for it, can’t help but have the itch to create something beautiful for our lives, and for other’s lives.
Before you take the entrepreneur plunge, there are a few things every entrepreneur should know. Do your research and make sure you know what you are getting in to.
If you have already taken the plunge (congrats), then you know it’s not easy. You also know how fulfilling it can be. One thing you can never forget though, is to not only invest in your company, but to invest in yourself.
3 Things That, As An Entrepreneur, You Should Invest In
1. A blog
Creating a platform for yourself and your business through blogging is priceless. Branding is all about communication and blogging is the best way to communicate your message to your potential customers.
Starting a blog whether it’s personal or for your business is the most valuable thing you can do. You can promote your products and services, build a greater network, get more visibility online, and build a name for yourself.
Blogging is a must. Invest in it, the payoff is worth it.
2. A good online network
Building a network is not something that costs money, but it does take some time and effort. Invest time in fostering relationships online.
Using your social media accounts is the easiest way to grow a network online, particularly Twitter. Networking online is no different than offline. You have to develop relationships with people and that is done through communication, sharing, and genuine interest in others.
I built my entire business on the back of networking. You can’t build an empire alone. Don’t make me have to say “I told you so”. Speaking of, have you connected with me on Twitter? Great place to start.
You are the most important piece of your business. (This should be a no-brainer, but I’ll throw it out there for those of you who haven’t “gotten” it yet).
Investing in yourself continually is necessary if you want to stay on top of your game. Being a successful entrepreneur requires you to continually grow and learn. The more you grow and learn, the more you will be able to adapt, create great products and services, and serve the needs of your market.
Take classes, attend webinars, read more books… These are all great way to keep investing into your growth as an individual and as an entrepreneur.
Now it’s your turn. What do you think are some Entrepreneur must-haves? What have you learned from taking the plunge? Sound off in the comments below.
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