So, you want to be an entrepreneur, huh? You have an idea—an amazing, ground-breaking, revolutionary idea you just can’t wait to share with the world. You want to help people, you want to solve a problem, you want to motivate and inspire others.
My first advice is to go ahead and just do it! Try it on for size. The only difference between them and you is that THEY DID IT. Get past the idea phase and play in the mud a little!
But now I’m one and a half years into entrepreneurship and every single day I learn something new.
For starters, all of your time will be on your new venture—it’s like being in school and working full-time. If you’re used to that or up for it, you may not have a hard time sacrificing other things. It also takes a lot of organization, time management, self-discipline, networking, innovation, ups and downs and wins and losses—and it basically never ends.
There will be days you want to give up, days you think you’re crazy, days you doubt yourself, days others doubt you, days you job hunt for something else. But there will also be days of immense elation, constant encouragement from satisfied clients, uplifting and motivating wins, outpours of love and support from close ones, exploration of yourself and this inner driving force that makes you hold onto faith, belief and hope more than you ever did before. And those feelings are what keep you going.
But I do want to give some advice that I wish I heard before going into it. I warn you: it is not for the weak-minded or the ones that give up easily. And it will also really show you who genuinely supports you, believes in you and has your best interest at heart—which may also be hard to swallow at times. But it is worth it if you stay the course and enjoy challenging yourself. And no matter what, you learn a hell of a lot in the process either way.
- Don’t get too caught up in the initial phase of entrepreneurship where any small gain is a huge win and any small loss is just a bump in the road. In the beginning, you’re fueled by the process of creation and trial and error, or you may feel confident in your vision because you have a ton of funds and a great team behind it. But be wary and always think ahead. Focus on your goals for the business and assess yourself, your life, your skill set and your level of commitment before embarking on this journey. The initial flame won’t always be what carries you through the tough times.
- Assess your relationship with yourself, your friends, family, significant other and general people of support—you will need them more than you think. Go into your venture knowing who you can trust, what each of them is good at, what they may be able to help you with and how they can serve you. You will rely on them for advice, guidance, reality checks, resources, support and more.
- Be open to changing and growing with and through your business. Be open to conversations with almost anyone about what you do and why—you never know who may offer help or just get your gears going on a new idea for your business. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a quick conversation with someone that unexpectedly led me to consider something new and innovative for my business that I would have overlooked otherwise. So, be open to change and growth—it can come from the least expected places.
- Put yourself into it. People are investing and supporting YOU, not just the product or idea. Share your story. Focus on key points and features of your journey that made you the creator, founder and owner of the idea—and in a way, be ready to sell yourself. Become familiar with sharing your business ideas with anyone you meet. This one has been especially difficult for me, as I am a huge introvert, but any time I step out of it, it always pays off (literally).
- Assess your skill set and know your weaknesses and strengths. Be self-aware and really look at yourself. Pursuing entrepreneurship is the embodiment of your innate and learned skills, experiences and self-awareness. The better you know yourself, the better you will know your business and what it needs.
- Understand that time and money are finite resources, but time is the greatest resource in entrepreneurship. You can always work and get money, or get a loan or family money, but you can never get back time. Where you invest your time and energy is sacred during this process, so be extra mindful and attentive with how you manage it. Self-discipline and organizing your priorities is key.
- Make time for you and the things you love. As your business grows, you are also growing with it. It is your “brainchild” for a reason. You have to care for it, nurture it, prioritize it and more—but none of that is possible if you don’t do the same for yourself. So yes, time will escape you and go towards building the business, but always know when it is time to step back and practice self-care. Yoga, light cardio, hot baths, journaling, writing and spending quality time with loved ones are just a few of my favorites.
- Never overlook the significance of timing. It is everything, literally. Some ideas are excellent, but sometimes it isn’t the right time. You may find that some ideas get launched, but take too long to take off, causing you to miss that window of opportunity. Know your market and industry and really assess how the timing of your launch will affect its potential growth and success. Consider and act on timing for your business by creating a timeline or setting time-based goals.
These are just a few things to consider before you embark on the entrepreneurial journey. Every week, I learn something new about myself and being an entrepreneur. Fortunately, that is one of my favorite things about it. I have also been helped immensely by other entrepreneurs—the entrepreneurship community is full of support and free guidance, which really helps you pull through during those not-so-good sales months or those gray areas your skill set doesn’t reach.
No matter what, always remember that any “loss” or “failure” is merely an opportunity for something greater, and no matter what you choose to do, you are always learning and living. Good luck to all you future female entrepreneurs—the world needs us!
Author: Sasha Bruno
Author Bio: Hey Harness Mag ladies! Sasha Jade here—aspiring/amateur artist and creator, owner and founder of Botanibites. Passions include writing, natural healing, wellness, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, self-love, yoga, painting and probably more to come in this lifetime. I am excited to be a part of such a lovely community and I hope my pieces and story inspires.
Link to website: http://www.botanibites.com/about