These days, all you need to do is visit websites like Instagram, and check out the hashtags for terms like “Digital Nomad,” and “Entrepreneur,” in order to see just how many doors the Internet has opened to the average person, in terms of the ability to run their own business.
What’s more, there are now an increasing number of services out there that cater specifically to the new entrepreneurial scene, including businesses that offer low cost mailing address for virtual office, and virtual assistant companies that will answer your calls for you, and plan your meetings, while you’re busy working.
More and more of us are taking notice of this phenomenon, and are throwing caution to the wind, and finally chasing after our small business dreams.
That’s a great thing. But what does it take to make it as a small business owner? Not in terms of resources, but in terms of character traits?
Well, here are some suggestions.....
A real sense of urgency (you’re not going to live forever)
Successful small business owners are always people who have a pretty well-developed sense of urgency. They waste no time, and capitalise on every free moment available. This is something that you have to feel if you want to make it as a successful entrepreneur. Because, the reality is that you’re not going to live forever, and there is always likely to be less time than you think. This is true in life, but also in business. Professional opportunities come and go quickly, and only those with a sense of urgency can capitalise on them.
An attitude of complete accountability (you don’t get to blame someone else)
In success writer Jack Canfield’s hit book “How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be: The 25 Principles of Success,” the first success principle he mentions is total accountability. That is, accepting complete responsibility for your life, your successes and failures, and bypassing the temptation to blame others for things that haven’t gone right for you. As an entrepreneur, you have to have the discipline to not pass the buck, or to look for scapegoats. This is especially true when there are valid scapegoats to be found. The bottom line is that when you accept total responsibility for what happens in your business, you give yourself the power and motivation to find solutions to problems. By failing to take responsibility, however, you only dis-empower yourself.
Focus, and the willingness to cut out distractions (wasted time means wasted opportunities)
As an entrepreneur, you need to understand the importance of your attention, and give it only to those things that are truly worth your time. To make a success of any business venture, you will need to be highly attentive and focused. You will need to work to figure out solutions to problems, and to identify new opportunities to take advantage of. If you allow yourself to give in to distractions and procrastination, however, you waste time – which also means you waste opportunities. Eliminate distractions. Focus. Prioritise, and pay attention to what’s important.
Hope you found these tips useful, let me know if you have ever wanted to start a small business and if you encountered difficulties along the way.