It’s National Entrepreneurs Day! Hoorah!
I love that I’m a entrepreneur these days. It means for me that I finally have the freedom to work as I like, with who I like, when I like and I get to bring all my crazy ideas to life!
The definition of an entrepreneur is a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. For me though, there’s no ‘hope’ about it! You HAVE to make profit and the beauty is, you have absolute control about making that happen – it’s accountability at its highest! And I LOVE that!
A lot of people ask me if I worry or if it feels risky, would I not rather have a stable and secure job? I have a very different mindset about this… you see, I believe my job is far more stable and secure than any salaried 9-5 these days. I’m in control of my own destiny whereas they could be made redundant tomorrow. I’ve always had the head for entrepreneurship I think. I’m naturally resourceful and believe that anything is possible if you want it hard enough. I’ve come to learn that when I need to, I find a way to turn the cash tap on quickly and that’s what gives me my mojo!
Many people dream of owning their own business, being their own boss, doing something they love and having the freedom to live the life they choose. But is it really ‘for’ everybody?
It might not be right now, for some people. I think it can be. But only if you have the right mindset. You have to be ready to fail fast and learn, without dwelling on things.
Here’s my top tips to consider if you’ve been thinking about leaving the 9-5 and becoming an entrepreneur but haven’t had the confidence to make the leap:
- You’re going to need a good dose of self belief and confidence so invest in yourself to feel good about you, who you are, what you’re great at and whatever it is you plan on bringing to the world
- Surround yourself with positive people that will cheerlead you, not poo poo your ambition. Yes, you want honest feedback but only with the intent of seeing you be successful at your dream, not tearing you down.
- Invest in your own self development. As a business owner you’ll not just have one job title, you’ll be doing every role yourself, at least for the first year or so which means you’re gonna need a lot of new skills!
- Take a blind leap of faith. You never know until you try. Live by the mantra “only regret the things you didn’t do, never the things you did”