Knowing where to go with your ventures can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Determination, experience, and learning from other Entrepreneurs are keys to becoming a success. To keep my own business on track, I make a habit to absorb experiences from peers and successful Entrepreneurs by constantly and consistently reading. This gives me the tools I need to make on-the-edge decisions that I wouldn’t be able to make without having prior experiences.
Here are a few great reads that I found helpful:
1. Key Secrets to Being A Great Entrepreneur By Laurie Hayes
Develop your ability to sell very early on. Your product, service, or idea doesn’t make you any money if you don’t know how to market and sell it. This short article touches on it. Quite a few grammar and spelling mistakes, but it’s still an important concept!
2. 10 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs by Isabel M. Isidro
Meat and potatoes on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Articles like these can give you a very quick way to evaluate your strengths, and spice up your weaknesses. Being an entrepreneur expects that you’re willing to adapt and take on traits and roles that most people are unwilling to.
3. 75 Secrets to Startup
75 tips from Entrepreneur magazine for starting up a business. Thankfully, in this case, the tips are categorized so you don’t need to remember 75 distinct concepts.
4. 5 Secrets of the Authentic Entrepreneur by Aleta Pippin
Five traits that identify true entrepreneurs. These 5 seem to really mean a lot to me. Knowing these can prepare you for learning and growing towards mastering them.
5. 10 Steps to Open for Business
StartupNation is a startup that provides Entrepreneurs some guides and a way to communicate with others. This service was created ‘by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.’ This particular article identifies 10 things you need to do to open your business.
6. Inventor, Innovator And Entrepreneur Success Secret #2: It’s All About ‘Them’ By James Laughren
A somewhat older article, written in 2000 by a Canadian, but still very relevant to the current day and companies being started around the world. It is important to realize that just because you like your idea, it doesn’t mean it will be a hit. A bad entrepreneur will find oneself in a trap designing products that will never be purchased. Be sure to balance your decision making process against feedback you receive from others.
7. My Odds of Success as an Internet Entrepreneur
Friends, family, and peers may just not trust your leap of faith as much, if at all, as you do. This can become very draining and discouraging! But you need to remember that you’re the one taking the risks, they aren’t. If they had the endurance, vision, and guts that you do, then perhaps it would be one of them starting a venture, and not you! One day, they will very likely regret that they didn’t offer you the support and encouragement that they really should have.
8. Tips for Young Entrepreneurs by Nat Turner
Nat Turner shares some very vital bits of information about things that are important if you are an Entrepreneur. Specifically, he mentions the importance of having a partner or co-founder. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been saying this for quite some time, but others people that I have talked to lately have disagreed. I’m not certain why people think it should be done ‘all on your own.’ There is a different between ‘getting away from working for someone’ and ‘building a startup with someone.’ I happen to agree with Nat, you can’t do it alone. Businesses are social since they operate in the social world, so sooner or later you’re going to have to work with someone.
There you have it. Next time I’ll go into more details about great online tools for Entrepreneurs. If you’re a huge fan of a particular tool, drop me a note and I’ll be sure to include it.