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Starting your own business can be a very scary thing to do and having the right approach to it can make all the difference in the world. The best thing for any budding entrepreneur is to have a strong well informed network that also includes mentors. With a success network in place affords you the opportunity to have an outside perspective from people who want to see you succeed.

To help you with your new business, is giving you some advice to help you grow your business and succeed as an entrepreneur.

1. Understand Your Business.

To be successful in anything in life means taking the time to do some research and the same goes when starting your business. Take the time to do some market research and really understand what potential clients really need. Understanding the root cause of client’s pain-points can help you package your business into an irresistibly easy choice for them.

2. Do The Work

In 2019 it’s amazing how many budding entrepreneurs think starting a business is, and yes technically starting a business as easier than ever before but if you are a true entrepreneur then you will know that entrepreneurs don’t start business the grow business. Growing a business is much harder than any other job. As an entrepreneur you will need to be able to manage multiple departments across your organization(s) especially when you are just starting out. On top of that you need to compete within the market against other businesses trying to take up all the market share. Moral of the story is that if you want to build the business then you are going to have to do the work.

3. Dreams are like clay, just dirt if you don’t mold it.

All business ideas start out as dreams, and if you don’t consciously make the adjustments needed to turn that dream into a reality. Remember that just because you have started the business, doesn’t mean that you should stop making adjustments.

4. What Are Your Clients Saying?

If you want to be a successful businessman then you will know the importance in listening to what you clients, customers or guests are saying. Not all of your clients will make a formal complaint that you can quickly solve on the spot or at the very least be made aware of. You need to pay attention to more than just the words coming out of their mouths but also what their body language is saying.

5. Network education*

Entrepreneurs for the most part is incredibly lonely job as you are the head of the organizations and the buck ends with you, there is nobody to blame but yourself when a problem arises but don’t feel that you have to learn things on your own it is okay to ask your network for advice or for a different perspective. Remember that by learning with others, you can also learn from their mistakes, and believe us when we say that it is better to learn from the mistakes of others then from your own mistakes.

*disclaimer: this is not a registered education body just a group of people who you trust

6. Focus On Your Strengths

This is definitely something that watching a massively successful entrepreneur like Gary Vay-ner-chuc. Be super self-aware and unapologetic about the things that make you better, your strengths are your greatest assets and just kike an army general doesn’t leave behind his greatest weaponry, neither should you. Use your strengths to better your business because at the end of the day it is you who is in charge of building your business and you can’t do it whilst focusing on your weakness.

7. Depth over width.

It's so easy to focus on the quick easy wins and even easier to get muddled up in the day-to-day business issues but you want to really play close attention to playing the long game. If you are wanting to be in business for many years focusing on depth will help you do that. Create deeper relationships you’re your staff and your clients by carving out time in your schedule to meet with them and find out how they are doing, not just in your business but in life. Find time to think about the businesses health and how you can grow it in the future. This includes evaluating your department’s performances and what they need in order to better perform.

8. Keep the end in sight.

This does not mean the end of days but the reason why you started the business because there are going to come days where you may feel like giving up but remembering why you started will mean most on days like these and will help you train your mind to think of failure as not an option because there must be a solution.

9. Network Is King

If you are serious about growing your business then you have to be serious about growing your business. Take all the opportunities to meet new people who are in the industry that you are in as well as decision makers for companies that you hope to have as future clients. Not only will you be able to learn from them but you will also be able to make business deals with them later on down the road.

10. Stop waiting and just START!

There is never going to be a good time to start so if you’re as serious about business as we are at then you’ll start right away!

If this has helped you in any way please share it with your network.

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