If you are an entrepreneur, you already know that starting a business is a lot of work. While courses and degrees may help you prepare, there are some things you just have to learn on the job. Through trial and error, I learned some hard lessons deep in the trenches. Here are 5 things I wish I knew before starting my own business.
The old proverb, “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are,” translates into surrounding yourself with the right people. As a startup founder, surrounding yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs can have a major impact on your own success and that of your business. Unfortunately, entrepreneurs often fail to seek out others for a […]
Entrepreneurs go into business for a variety of reasons, yet they all have one thing in common: they are passionate about something. It might be a passion for baking pies, or a passion to democratize the Internet. It is that initial passion that fuels long workdays and sleepless nights. While you would expect the hard […]
Every entrepreneur wants to scale his or her business. From the first day, many are already thinking about getting a second location and continuing to sell. Scaling in business comes in many forms: a new branch, a new office, additional staff, etc. The decision to scale may come up at the 6-month mark, the 2-year […]
Entrepreneurs, especially new entrepreneurs, are constantly pushed to succeed. While success can be defined in many ways, entrepreneurs with young businesses don’t have time or money to waste. Because of this, the feeling of needing to succeed at any cost can be a huge weight to carry. Although I founded my business more than a […]
Even without innate leadership qualities, you can still adopt these characteristics of a truly remarkable CEO. While it might sound fancy, being a CEO is not easy. As the leader of your company, you’re expected to satisfy the needs and expectations of employees, customers, investors, communities and more. To boot, you’re often solely responsible for […]