Entrepreneurship: Dream or Nightmare

The classic definition of an entrepreneur is someone who is willing to work 16 hours a day for themselves to avoid working 8 hours a day for someone else. Yet, despite the hard work, many of us still dream about being our own boss.

We long for our own business where we call the shots, make the decisions and take off whenever we feel like it. However, being an entrepreneur also requires discipline as well as certain work habits.

Here are some of the requirements you’ll need to succeed as an entrepreneur:

  • Start your day be jumping out of bed and saying, “What a great day!”
  • At the end of a typical work day, you leave office refreshed, excited and looking forward to the next day.
  • Have business goals you not only write down each and every year on New Year’s Day, but you look at your goals every week and update them frequently.
  • When it comes to procrastination, you don’t even know how to spell it, so what does it mean?
  • When it comes time to do your approach calls to find your next client, you get excited and are enthused to see who you might call.

If you can agree to having all the above business traits, then you’re well on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

You should also read books written by successful business people, take classes on the subject of your business, join local networking groups, attend Chamber and organization functions; hire a coach and make sure you have at least a year’s income in the bank.

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