Some Important Things Every Young Entrepreneur Should Know

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Young entrepreneurs tend to be individuals; rulebreakers who have their own ideas and ways of doing things, and it is this kind of attitude that will help them to succeed. That being said, there are a few things that every young entrepreneur should be aware of if they want to take thor drive, passion, and independence and turn it into a successful business venture…

Doing what you love is good but will only get you so far

It seems like every article about being a young entrepreneur tells you to do what you love, and that makes sense because if you do what you love you’ll be more motivated to succeed, more passionate about your business, and more likely to stick with it when times get tough. Not only that but if you do what you love, as the old adage goes, you’ll never truly have to work a day in your life. 

That’s all well and good but it isn’t the whole story. You see, doing what you love as an entrepreneur can only get you so far. If you want to be successful you also need to do a lot of things you might not love, things like keeping the books, pitching to investors, and working 16 hour days just to get your latest venture off the ground. People tend to leave that part out, but it’s important that you’re prepared for the hard stuff that comes with doing what you love.

Persistence is more important

When it comes to being successful in business persistence is more important than almost anything else, Sure, you need a good idea, a decent business plan, and access to money if you want to build a strong business, but you can get all of those things and more with persistence. If you keep going after every knockback, no matter how exhausted you are or how impossible things may seem, eventually you will prevail. So get clear about why you’re doing what you’re doing, acknowledge that it may get tough at times, and set your resolve because anything is possible when you have persistence.

Being visible online is vital

If you’re a young entrepreneur, you probably don’t need to hear this  – doing things online is probably as natural to you as breathing –  but just in case, I’ll say it anyway: if you want to get anywhere in business in the 21st Century, you absolutely need to have a strong online presence. 

Not only do you need to be very active on all of the big social media platforms, but you also need to have your own website, which is something www.charlesit.com can help you set up in a flash, and you ideally need to be guest-posting on popular blogs in your niche. Why? Because the more presence you have online, the better known you will be and the more authority you will be able to build in your niche, With authority, comes the ability to network, connect and build trust with the right people, and this, in turn, will enable you to sell more product to more people and that is exactly what you need to be able to do as an entrepreneur.

Don’t be a follower

A big mistake that a lot of young entrepreneurs initially make is trying to mimic the marketing campaigns, style, and tone of other competing companies in their niche. This is almost always a mistake because those companies are already up-and-running; they already have a solid customer base to sell to and there is no reason why those customers will jump ship and buy from you unless you give them a reason to, That means doing something different; looking for a new angle; creating your own voice. If you do what the competitors are doing you won’t do much business at all and deep down you know this to be true.

You don’t have to do it alone

Just because you’re a young entrepreneur with little more than your bootstraps to pull you up, doesn’t mean that you have to build your business alone. There are lots of other ambitious young entrepreneurs that you could team up with to not only pool your resources, but also your ideas. There are also all manner of freelance professionals who you can use to help you with your accounts, creating content, or developing your products, for example. When you can use them, please do because the last thing you want is to get burnt out and start making mistakes or end up throwing in the towel because you’re just too tired. People are just another resource you can use to build your business and use them you should.

There is help out there

In a similar vein, it is worth noting that there have never been more resources available to help young entrepreneurs to become successful from online websites like the U.S. Small Business Administration that will teach you how to create a business plan or secure a loan to angel investors who will give you the capital you need to get started, there is a whole world of help out there and you would be foolish not to use it to its fullest in your efforts to become the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

Mentors make all the difference

If you can find a mentor – someone who has already walked the walk and talked the talk – then I suggest that you do so. Having a successful mentor gives you their time and experience is something that money cannot buy and it can really help you to avoid the pitfalls that so many new entrepreneurs encounter while doing the things that will add the most value to your business. Not only will you learn from a mentor, but they may well be able to put you in touch with other people in your industry such as venture capitalists and angel investors, who can help you to get your foot on the ladder.

Being an entrepreneur can be a tough, sometimes lonely route to success, but if you are successful it will almost certainly be worth it in the end, and these pointers will help you to reach that success so do things your own way, but take note too.

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