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Growing Potential: Leading the Way from Employee to Entrepreneur

We all have dreams that we will become bosses at some point in time, either by climbing ranks from junior positions or when we start our own ventures. When you are on the path to becoming an entrepreneur, growth is inevitable and you should embrace it in all measures. There are various risks that you will take along the journey and you must tackle them with bravery if you are to become a successful entrepreneur.

Here are several factors you should take into the consideration when you decide to become your own boss.

How to become your own boss

To become your own boss you just need to make that firm decision to start right away. There are a few tips that you need to follow to make sure that the journey is smooth.

Make stern decisions

Great leaders are great decision-makers. Being your own boss implies making crucial decisions that will in some way impact your company, your employees and your customers. Business requires strategy and deep knowledge about the social, economic and institutional repercussions. Imagine yourself playing chess where every single turn brings you closer to victory or defeat. The same way things are in business. You should therefore be a very rational and critical decision-maker.

Identify the right business for you

These are the gaps in the market that your new business will take care of. This will be achieved by carrying out thorough research in the area of interest. You should also learn about yourself first before embarking on the venture of being their own boss. This entails different personal facts and intuition as well. Hiring a career, business of entrepreneurship coach is a great way to do this.

Proper business planning

Proper business planning is key and comes in handy for any boss as it eases marketing and it makes sure that things are running in order. You will be able to gain clarity and focus, as well as the confidence to take on any challenge that comes along when you have a plan in place. Take your time to do the research and make a business plan that is realistic.

Study and know your target audience

A successful entrepreneur conducts enough research to know who their target audience is and knows whether or not people will be willing to buy their goods and services. You should study and have a clear understanding of who your target market is, the estimated size of the group, the relevance of what you are offering and who would find it beneficial/useful.

Understand your abilities and finances

Since you are investing your energy and resources into the business, you should know what you can do and what you can’t. Know how much to invest in various parts of your business (marketing, supplies, staff) based on the finances you have available to you. This is a big one, as you will be left in financial jeopardy if bad decisions are made. This will be achieved with ease if proper planning is made before everything.

Build a support network

You need to create a connection with advisors, partners and allies as well as vendors who you will need at one stage or another. Networking across relevant platforms is also very important, especially when it comes to marketing. As you deliver the services, make sure to serve the customers satisfactorily for consistent business.

Pros and cons of becoming an entrepreneur

Like any other career, there are pros and cons of becoming an entrepreneur. Here are a couple major ones to take into consideration before venturing into the world of entrepreneurship:

Pros

  • Control – As the entrepreneur, you have total control over what you do. You are able to work on what you are passionate about and that makes the most of your strengths and weaknesses. You have ultimate job satisfaction.
  • Flexibility – Since you are your own boss, you are able to work in a flexible manner. You can schedule your time as you please including sparing time for other commitments as well as personal and family time. You can set your own style which is different from the conventional 9-to-5 schedule.
  • Freedom – You are the key decision maker in this case, and therefore you are able to make decisions with a huge impact on the business. In the case an emergency arises you are able to access resources with ease.

Cons

  • Administration – Being an entrepreneur can be quite involving and hectic as well. You will be tasked with making major decisions, long working hours and working on a lot of paperwork which takes up time and energy, to ensure everything is in place.
  • Sole risk-bearer- In the case where the business incurs any form of loss, you will bear all the expenses solely. You are not subjected to a regular paycheck like an employee therefore you should have high self-discipline and resilience.

About the Author Scott Ragin

Scott Ragin is a digital marketing specialist and a passionate writer. He loves guiding other people through their business practice and shares his ideas as a blogger. Scott is a writing expert at Aussiewriter writing service. Feel free to contact him on Facebook.

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