An increasing number of members of the millennial generation are giving up career opportunities in large companies. Why? Because real girl bosses – namely those members of the millennial generation are looking for not only flexible work hours according to Forbes, but also a sense of purpose. They want to do something close to their heart, something with a larger purpose, something that fulfills them. If you’re a young entrepreneur that fits this description, whether you’re just starting off, or you’ve been in the game for some time now, there are five crucial pieces of information – tips if you will, that you need to know in order to make your venture even more successful.
Find the love
The saying “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” isn’t completely accurate. No matter how much you love it, tough times, frustrating and stressful days will come every now and then. However, when the driving force behind your business is love and a sense of purpose, you get through tough times far easier, because every day you’re reminded of the reasons you started in the first place. If you take the bad days out of the equation, going to work fills you with joy, and when you feel it coursing through you, you are more productive, readier to face challenges and that is more than a solid ground on which to achieve success.
Make yourself seen
When you’re at the beginning, your primary goal is to land customers or clients, depending on your line of work. What all young entrepreneurs, regardless of the field of work have is that they all benefit from running a blog. There are numerous reasons why starting a blog is great for your business. First of all, no one has your unique voice, and be confident in the fact that people will want to hear your thoughts and ideas. Second of all, a blog is a great SEO tool, because, even if people don’t find your commercial page right off the bat, they will read your blog and eventually traffic on your commercial page will increase.
Accept that you don’t know everything
There is no shame in asking for help. No one expects you to have all the business knowledge in your pinky from the get-go. Talk to friends who have embarked on the entrepreneurial adventure before you, or even go as far as to hire a business coach as these highly trained professionals know their stuff, and they will help you avoid as many pitfalls and save you from making financial mistakes. Spend every spare minute reading books. They’re there for a reason – to provide knowledge – and you are well aware that you can never have too much of it. It’s always better to consult someone or something wiser than to go at it alone and fail.
Goals help you stay focused and sharp. Don’t go into anything without having a clear vision of what your expectations are in every sense – where do you see yourself financially in one year, in five years even ten. Establish your networking goals, your dream client base, and write it all down. Set short as well as long-term goals, and while you should keep them realistic, don’t shy away from dreaming big. Having a solid vision of where you want to be in a certain amount of time will make you more driven – people respond to the finish line, so don’t go into anything with no expectations because your ambition will water down and you run the risk of it going in too many directions, and that’s never good.
Make it shine
They say, dress for the job you want, not the one you have. As modern-day businesses mostly revolve around online platforms, the way you present yourself will make or break you. This is why it’s paramount to invest and spare no expense when it comes to branding. You need to think of a killer name, find the best darn designer to do your website, your logo. Learn everything you can about photography – clean and stunning visual presentation is everything. Your online presence is very important. So, make sure visitors and potential clients are blown away when they visit your website, blog and even Instagram profile.
This is a guest post by Peter minkoff