15 Tips for New Entrepreneurs to Become Successful

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Finding success as an entrepreneur means getting opinions and learning from those who have already achieved success.  Mentorships and formal programs are amazing opportunities, but not everyone is blessed with a person, or team, to guide them through their career.  Hopefully, these tips can get you on your way as you build your supporting team around you, or to the point where you can make it on your own.

1. Network and network some more

We cannot stress enough the importance of networking.  Attend business events, breakfast seminars and keep a record of every person you should meet.  Don’t be afraid to ask them for their advice and views on various business issues.  If you can keep in touch with them and build a relationship.  Contacts can improve sales and inevitably your bottom line.

2. Become an expert

Avoid being greedy and concentrate on a niche.  Become an expert in your chosen field.  The main reasons many entrepreneurs do not success is because they spread themselves too far afield.

3. Don’t be afraid of failure

It is a proven fact that unfortunately at times you will fail.  This is how you will grow and learn from your lessons.  There are lots of times to get it right but don’t be afraid of getting it wrong as it can hold you back.

4. Be driven by your passion

Find what you are most passionate about and head in that direction.  When you are building an empire there is unfortunately no such thing as getting the balance right.

5. Add value

Change your way of thinking.  Instead of thinking of how you can make money and be successful change your thinking towards others and make a note of how you can add value to another person’s life.

6. Get mentor or a coach

It is a proven fact that those that are successful usually have a mentor.  Surround yourself with lots of people that could potentially mentor you.  When you reach a plateau a mentor can help you get through this.  They can advise you of their mistakes and achievements and pass their wisdom on.

Create a company by setting up a registered office address and getting your company formed. Your mentor can give you advice on the best way to do this.

7. Add more value

Always think of how you can make your business more successful and the market leader in your chosen field.  But when doing this think of what you can do to meet the needs and requirements of someone else.  In other words write a proposal or blog with your audience in mind and identify how your products/services can be improved to meet the needs of others.  Your profits will follow shortly.

8. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty

The reality of business is you need to be honest and real with yourself before you take it upon yourself to criticize other people.  Remember if you are not in a position to manage yourself you won’t be able to manage other people.

9. Think of your next step

Don’t wait until something goes wrong, the best entrepreneurs are always one step ahead and thinking about their next step.  Don’t learn as you go along have an action plan ahead of everyone else.

10. Can you pivot?

Everyone loves their initial ideas but try avoiding falling in love with it until you are ready to discover what is wanted in the market and then you are in a position to give it to them.

11. Remain authentic

Always stand by what you believe.  If you strongly believe in something stand by this and don’t sell out simply to make a small buck, it is not worth it.

12. Add even more value

Help people when you are in a position to.  If you are tired help someone without the need for something in return.  If you do this you will be creating an approach that is based on “help marketing”.  And in addition to this you will never be short of any customers.

13. Make today the day to make a difference

Where possible act today and not things until tomorrow.  Tomorrow never arrives and more importantly if something can be acted on today do it today.

14. Enjoy the journey

Learn to enjoy YOUR journey.  Enjoy the small movements towards your dream.  And remember that at times it can go past very quickly so take the time to step back, breath and take it all in before it has gone in the next flash.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to slow down at times; in will benefit you in the long run.

15. Remove yourself from any negativity holding you back

Do not let anyone turn your dream into an unwanted nightmare.  Along your journey you will find lots of people who will try and destroy your dream – remove yourself from this type of negativity.

Hopefully the tips that have been provided will help you identify how to be a successful entrepreneur.  If you only take away a small amount of information find a mentor who will be there to help you on your journey.

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Six Free Social Media Tools for Entrepreneurs

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Six Free Social Media Tools for Entrepreneurs

The Internet has shifted the entrepreneurial climate across the globe and made it easier for individuals to turn their passions into profits. There are more than 22 million entrepreneurs in the United States, with another 500k new businesses being added monthly. However, more than half of the small businesses fail within the first year. As a social media strategist, one of the main complaints I often hear from entrepreneurs is the inability to grow their online community due to budget constraints.

Trust me; I understand that many entrepreneurs don’t have the large budgets available during their startup season to spend on the social media tools that social media professionals often use to build online communities. However, that can’t be your excuse when 74 percent of adults who are online are using social media. Your presence, or lack thereof, could mean the difference between the success and failure of your business. Because failure is not an option, I have gathered six free social media tools for entrepreneurs who are balling on a budget can use to build and grow their social media following.

1. Feedly.

Feedly is a news aggregator and a great tool for curating content to share on your social media channels. Feedly allows you to save time by organizing and housing the RSS feeds that you add in one location, so you don’t have to visit hundreds of sites trying to find content to share. When it comes to sharing on social media, I like to go with 80/20. That’s 80 percent curated content and 20 percent of your content. Although your followers are checking for you, let them know that you don’t mind sharing other great content that they can use. This also builds their trust in you and lets them know they can come to your feeds for updated and accurate information. So, instead of spending hours searching for content, save time with Feedly and get those posts scheduled.

2. Hootsuite.

When it comes to scheduling social media posts, Hootsuite is my top choice. As an entrepreneur, having a social media strategy in place is essential to your business’s growth. Using a social media management system like Hootsuite, you’re able to automate and schedule posts, interact with and reply to followers, and track keywords and hashtags for up to five social media channels with a free account. This takes away the hassle of remembering when and what to post, or not to post at all. Instead, you can schedule a specific time each day to go online and interact with your community and see what you’ve missed.

3. Latergramme.

Latergramme allows you to upload images and schedule Instagram posts using your computer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t automatically post to Instagram, but it does send a notification to your smartphone alerting you that it’s time to publish. This step alone literally takes less than one minute, and it eliminates the hassle of remembering to post to your Instagram or having to type a status from your phone. Also, you’re able to schedule and send up to 30 posts on their free version.

4. Tweetchat.

Tweetchat allows you to participate in real-time hashtag conversations, also known as a Twitter chat or Twitter party. As a business owner, you should know what keywords and hashtags are associated with your industry so that you can track conversations and participate in these discussions. Using Tweetchat is easy. You just input a hashtag and then participate in the conversation without having to physically type out the hashtag at the end of every tweet. For my clients, I recommend that they participate in at least two Twitter chats per month. This allows them to connect with other industry insiders, potential clients, and new followers.

5. Fanpage Karma.

Fanpage Karma is a social media analytics and monitoring tool that allows you to see which social media posts are most popular with your community, among other things. Although you’re able to add various social media channels, on the free version you’re only allowed one profile, and I suggest using it for Facebook. As you know, Facebook engagement on all pages has decreased now that it’s pay to play, and that’s okay. Until you’re able to increase your budget, use Fanpage Karma to see which Facebook posts resonate with your fans the most. Knowing this allows you to share and create more content that they will like, share, and comment on. That’s the goal, right?

6. Commun.it.

Commun.it is a relationship-management tool for Twitter that entrepreneurs can use to automate engagement with their followers. I use this tool to automate ‘thank you’ tweets for new followers and followers who share my content. It also shows me my top engagers, along with suggestions about individuals I should engage with or follow. This tool packs a powerful punch as it relates to engagement. Although many of the features are limited to free users, don’t be discouraged. Use the free version until you can upgrade.

As I previously mentioned, not being on social media isn’t an option. Your business needs a virtual footprint, because phone books are only used for … are they still making those, though? Seriously, use these tools to grow and engage with your virtual community. Please note, these free social media tools are only intended to be used until you can upgrade or pay someone to do the work for you. You cannot build your empire on free stuff forever, so make the investment sooner rather than later.

Do you currently use any of the tools listed above, or do you have any tools to add to the list? Please share in the comments.

About the Author

Yolo SpinksYolo Spinks is a Memphis-based lifestyle blogger and social media strategist. With a charming smile and deep-rooted Southern drawl to match, Yolo is dedicated to inspiring and motivating women and girls of color to live in purpose and on purpose. Her work to bring awareness to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and infant mortality in communities of color are just two of the ways that she gives back to her community. In her spare time, you can find her reading a book and being Auntie ‘Londa to her great-nieces, Goo and Kay. Follow her on Twitter at @YoloSpinks.

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