Being an entrepreneur is not easy. Every day, you’re faced with new challenges you probably didn’t expect when first starting a business. You have to balance these challenges with the day to day tasks you must finish, whether that’s writing content for clients, creating software for other businesses or anything in between. To keep your business thriving through each step of the entrepreneurial process, you need grit, dedication, and healthy habits. Here, you’ll find 3 tips that will help you establish those habits and flourish in your independent career.
1. Take Calculated Risks
At every step of the entrepreneurial process, you might be tempted to take the safe and easy route. Rather than pursue a big client, you may think it’s more likely that you’ll get business from smaller clients. But if you want to quickly rise the ranks in your industry, then it’s important to take some risks. Though you may end up spending some valuable time on efforts that don’t necessarily pay off, you’ll be limit testing – essentially seeing what your boundaries are as a businessperson and finding where and when to step out of your comfort zone.
2. Set Your Mission Early
Every good company, whether it’s a single-person freelancing business or a multi-billion-dollar corporation with thousands of employees, has a vision. For some companies, that vision is to become the biggest business in the world – and for others, it’s to provide much-needed services in an underserved community. Every successful company developed this mission at an early stage in the entrepreneurial process and crafted future business plans around that mission. By dedicating time early on to figuring out what your core mission is, you’ll have a clear path forward to achieve that mission. The mission-crafting process will help you drive business and demonstrate your core values to potential clients.
3. Underpromise, Overdeliver
One of the worst things you can do as an entrepreneur is to deliver your services late. Even worse is delivering those services at a level far below what you promised. Conversely, clients will be beyond thrilled if you overdeliver on your promised services – whether that’s through early delivery or content above and beyond what they thought would be achievable. While you may not always be able to overdeliver on clients services, at least keep in mind the underpromising part of this advice. Stay true to what you can achieve with your business because you’ll overstress yourself and still be unable to provide services if you exaggerate your abilities to clients.
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