Thursday, October 18, 2012

Your Entrepreneurial Dream - Don't Let Anyone Steal It

From the very moment you had your first job, you’ve probably began the dream most common among workers: how to be your own boss?

Actually, that’s the 2nd most common dream; the first would be to win a jackpot lottery prize and retire!

But the dream of being your own boss isn’t as farfetched as you would think. If you have an entrepreneurial dream then what’s holding you back from taking it to the next level? Maybe you once had a great idea for a business that you see developed later on by a complete stranger into a successful entity.

That only means your ideas are worth pursuing. Don’t let another entrepreneurial dream slip by.

Consider these insightful tips to help make your dream of being your own boss come true.

1.      Define Your Goal and Vision

Saying you want to be your own boss is a good motivating factor but how are you going to get there? You need to define your goal in terms of a business plan. Suppose the company you’re working for now is an area you excel at. Could you start your own version of that company? That’s usually how many small businesses begin as off-shoots from former employers in the same field.

2.      Keep It Real

The key is to pick a specific goal that you can follow. To say, “I want to make a million dollars profit in my first year,” is not realistic no matter what the business. There is nothing wrong with having lofty ambitions but you have to be practical about the direction your want to follow on your entrepreneurial journey. You might want to own your own restaurant but perhaps it makes better sense to start a small diner and build a clientele. Less overhead and more room for “learning curves.”

3.      Learn the Ropes

If you’re planning to start a business that you’re already familiar with then you should have a solid foundation of how that business works. However, that doesn’t mean you know everything about running that business. You might be adept at sales but how are you at bookkeeping or payroll or property leases? Those are all areas you’ll have to become familiar with as your business expands. To accomplish that it might make sense to learn the ropes either through college courses or working with a mentor.

4.      Take the Leap

Sooner or later all of your dreaming has got to come down to earth, so to speak. This means you have to actually begin to implement your plans. If you have a well thought out business plan then you’ll be using that as a kind of road map for this journey. There will be bumps along the way but at least you’ll be headed in the right direction.

Starting your business means you’ll have to be decisive in your business decisions. That’s what being a boss is all about. No more sitting on the sidelines; it’s time to get in the game!