If you are serious about working for yourself there are several actions you have to take so you have the best chance of succeeding in your business. One of those is mentally preparing for entrepreneurship. Today I discuss the steps I took after doing a great amount of research.
Mentally Preparing For Entrepreneurship: Change Your Mindset
I’ve written previously about changing your mindset to a more entrepreneurial one because it’s imperative if you want to succeed as a self-employed individual. And it’s the first step when it comes to mentally preparing for entrepreneurship.
I changed my mindset from being an employee to a business owner when I first got the thought of becoming my own boss. Yep, I did that when I was an employee. With this change I stopped acting like an employee. What I mean by that is that I didn’t look for guidance from my manager when it came to doing tasks. I just did them because the work needed to get done. Thus, when it came time when I was an entrepreneur I was ready to do all the tasks required.
Finally, I’ve changed my mindset to look for solutions for problems using various techniques instead of trying “standard” or “tried-and-true” ways. The world changes constantly, and the ways of resolving problems changes too. There are new apps, new tools, and new services one can use to fix problems. Remember, time is money in business. If there is a new way to solve a problem that will do it quicker than the “normal” way you have to get used to that.
Mentally Preparing For Entrepreneurship: Develop A Schedule
As a business owner I will be busy with various tasks and the best way to keep myself from feeling overwhelm is by developing a schedule. This is important to success when you’re mentally preparing for entrepreneurship. That’s because there will always be something to do and you need a way to accomplish your goals without getting overwhelmed.
You can develop a schedule in many ways:
- A large paper calendar that sits on your desk or hangs from a wall
- Using an app on your phone or computer that syncs your events and tasks
- Having a virtual assistant keep track of your daily tasks and meetings
Whatever way works best for you is the right way. I know people who use paper calendars to keep track of their day, while others use apps. I’m currently using a digital calendar to keep track of my tasks.
Now my schedule isn’t set in stone, as there will be times I will have to deviate from it. However, knowing when I have to work on particular project or dedicate time to another task keeps me from stressing out.
Finally, Find A Person Or Group For Support
As a business owner, you will need a support group that can help you along the way, provide advice, or listen to your rants and fears and concerns. It’s difficult to talk to non-entrepreneurs because they don’t understand the problems or obstacles before me. This is the final way when it comes to mentally preparing for entrepreneurship.
I found business owners who I can turn to for support. I found them through social media, usually Twitter. This works out great for me because of the entrepreneurship community there. While LinkedIn has one too, it’s easier and quicker to contact people via Twitter. Whatever platform you use just try to connect to other business owners there.
I also meet with other business owners face-to-face because I need that interaction too. It’s nice to sit down and have a conversation with those people. They listen to you, and you listen to them. And usually both parties learn something new. You can find these individuals through family or friends, or by attending small business meetings and/or meetups.