Yes, giving up the security of a steady paycheck and benefits that usually come from working for someone else is scary. But this book will show you how to make the transition from a conventional "job" to owning your own business without losing a step. Most people feel that starting their own business is a risky endeavor. They are correct. However, by planting the proper seeds while still employed, you can make sure that when you do leave your present job, you won't go hungry.
The road to success as an entrepreneur can be frustrating, tedious, and exciting at the same time. The journey down that road requires your understanding of every facet of your new business and the competition. It also requires full responsibility for your business; you will be entirely responsible for its success or lack thereof. Still, executives of worldwide companies sometimes leave their plush, corporate lifestyles for shoestring start-up operations. Why? Because being an entrepreneur is potentially much more rewarding, both personally and financially. These execs realize that although they are rewarded for their hard work, they can only gain a finite amount by working for someone else. And if your business meets with success, you stand to be rewarded not only financially for the responsibility you have assumed, but emotionally, with the satisfaction that comes only with creation and ownership. And what?s more, you establish your own timetables, rules, and goals.~What it means to be an entrepreneur
There are many different definitions of the word "entrepreneur." In fact, years ago the word "entrepreneur" had a negative connotation (sort of like "snake oil salesman"). Times have changed and millions of people all over the world are starting their own businesses, and are treated with a mix of respect, envy, and in some cases, awe. The dictionary defines an entrepreneur as "a person who organizes and manages a business undertaking, assuming the risk for the sake of the profit."Although this definition is accurate in the general sense, there are many other aspects to being an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurship is about people. If real estate is "location, location,location," then entrepreneurship is "people, people, people." Your partners, employees, investors, customers, and everyone else you come into contact with must have confidence and trust in you and your business. This trust is what will win you repeat customers, loyal employees, willing investors, and success as an entrepreneur.
While by definition, an entrepreneur is one who ventures into the world ofself-employment, entrepreneurial thinking does not mean that you have to start your own business. Entrepreneurial thinking means working creatively to improve your performance in every aspect of your life. If you are currently working for someone else, it can mean thinking about new products or more efficient processes for your company. Thinking this way, everyday, is how an entrepreneur gets her start.
The life of the entrepreneur is one of seeking and seizing opportunity. Entrepreneurs have historically been known as risk takers seeking to make their fortunes. I prefer to characterize entrepreneurs as opportunity seekers - constantly looking for new and different ways to conduct business in a more efficient manner. The first step to becoming an entrepreneur is to train your mind to look for opportunities in the marketplace - but that's just the first step. Anyone can call himself an entrepreneur, or start his own business, but success requires knowledge, hard work, and determination.