1. Make sure you care about your work. Running a business will take up all of your time and energy – if you don’t care about it, you will struggle to put enough effort in to see great results.
2. Hire a great team. If you are recruiting, make sure the people you hire have similar values to you as well as an excellent work ethic. It doesn’t matter if they have the qualifications on paper if you get the feeling they are disinterested in your business goals. Anyone can learn the skills, but you need someone with the same attitude as you.
3. Have a clear vision. If you want to become an entrepreneur, you will need to have a solid idea – swapping between different projects probably means they aren’t very good ideas. Once you have a clear vision, set out a clear plan on how to make it reality.
4. Put in the time. Success is rarely immediate – as Steve Jobs noted; “if you look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” A hard working ethic is more likely to make you successful than a good idea.
5. Set goals. Where do you want to be in a year? How much money are you willing to invest? When do you want to start turning a profit? Setting goals will ensure you are working towards your dream every day.
6. Learn from your mistakes. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is silly, so prepare to be flexible when you make mistakes. After all, each change is most likely to be an improvement.
7. Think about your customer. Don’t just create a product you think will be useful – think about who it will be useful to. Ask yourself ; who is your target audience? How old are they? How can you make your product appeal to them?
8. Ask your customers for feedback. Don’t assume you know what people what – ask them instead. Carefully listen to their answers, as they could be giving you advice that could make you millions!
9. Deliver more than expected. Don’t promise more than you can give; this will just leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. Instead, deliver more than expected to guarantee happy customers.
10. Spend wisely. This may seem obvious, but budget for mistakes and try to save money wherever you can.