One of the main tips of entrepreneurs starting out, is to remind yourself that you are there to create and offer something new and something different. To model a business or base a product heavily on what is already there, or the industries already in place, then you are already limiting yourself to the possibilities of what you could be offering and creating. To maintain an idealist, evolutionary mindset when breaking into entrepreneurship is essential in success, as there is nothing like being the first in a niche, creating the ‘ah-ha’ moments for consumers and providing an element of intrigue and excitement.
One way to get the creative juices flowing is to consider an area of interest or personal need that you currently are experiencing, and use that as a starting point. It can be a general response by successful entrepreneurs to the question ‘how did you get that idea?’ to be, ‘I always wanted something like it myself, but it wasn’t out there yet, so I made it.’
Another piece of advice is that mistakes are a sign you are doing something right. If this sounds backwards to you, then you’ve perhaps been operating with the belief that everything should run smoothly. In any business model, this is not possible, and especially for those starting something from scratch, this is setting yourself up for disappointment. Mistakes are key learning experiences. They give us great valuable insight into what areas we need to tweak in our business, and how to ultimately grow into a more effective and successful way of operating. There will always be something that may not go as planned, and oftentimes, this can lead to a gem of insight into what could be done differently and how best to change course. Some mistakes could be more detrimental and costly than others, especially when it comes to finances. However, maintaining the attitude that with every mistake comes a lesson for future success, you’ll set yourself up for a more pleasant, and rewarding mode of operating in your area of business.
If you’re not looking to venture out into the rough world of business on your own, perhaps looking into franchising opportunities.