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8 Tips for First Time Entrepreneurs

Taking that crazy jump and becoming an entrepreneur for the first time, is both terrifying and exciting. It takes a certain kind of person to succeed, but there are definitely some tips you can use to help you along the way.

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  1. Take Risks

Becoming an entrepreneur in the first place requires a considerable amount of risk. However, you are only going to encounter more and more risk taking as you build up your empire. You should embrace risks, and look forward to thrill of something working out.

  1. Keep an Idea Journal

Sometimes the best ideas will come to you at the most inappropriate moments, such as sitting having Sunday dinner with your parents. While you may not be able to excuse yourself to begin planning straight away, you can take a couple of seconds to jot it down. Even if you look back at it later and think it’s a ridiculous idea, it may provide you with some inspiration.

  1. Network

This pretty much goes without saying, but it’s the way you do it that’s important. It’s not just the big wigs that you need to get on your good side. You should also be looking to build connections with your peers, try to meet other entrepreneurs and business owners on your level, discuss ideas with them and help each other out from time to time. Once your established, take some time out to help others just starting out, they may be able to repay the favour one day.

  1. Stick to Your Guns

It’s important to listen to the advice of people that have been there and done it. However, they won’t always be right. It’s important that you stick to your instincts. You are the only person that will be able to make your business flourish. All the final decisions will be down to you, so make sure you listen to yourself as much as you listen to others.

  1. Brand Yourself

It’s enough to brand your business, you also need to brand yourself. Everything you do and say will reflect on your business exploits so make sure you represent yourself in a marketable way.

  1. Keep on Learning

Every day is an opportunity for you to learn something new, and you should actively pursue this. Entrepreneurship is all about solving problems and learning as you go along. You should constantly be aiming be better yourself and in turn better your business.

  1. Read, Read, Read

Dedicate a few hours a day to reading up on anything and everything you are interested in. Reading doesn’t have to mean getting musty old textbooks out from the library. In this day and age you need to keep ahead of the times, so keep on top of any relevant blogs, magazines and newspapers. Also, it’s important to allow yourself some time to read for fun.

  1. Eat Healthily

One final tip. To keep your mind sharp, you need to keep your body sharp, so try to eat a healthy balanced diet and take regular exercise. You are definitely going to need some extra energy.