You started your business with a successful launch. Now what?
As an entrepreneur you have great ideas. As a business owner you bring those ideas to fruition. But unless you get customers to validate these ideas via purchases your business won't last long. I have been receiving questions concerning marketing your business so I wanted to share three services that I use for my websites that have helped with my marketing. Each of these three services has a viable free option as well as paid options with more functionality.
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Networking. This is perhaps one of the least understood concepts among budding business owner hopefuls. This is especially true with today's bombardment of social media. Its noisy, often valueless, and there is no navigation roadmap. In this post I will share with you the basics of networking, some ways to network and why your network is vital to your crowdfunding campaign.
Why is networking vital to your crowdfunding campaign?
It is not about you, but the value added
There has to be a mutual benefit among parties, otherwise the relationship will not last. An author needs to find people who want to read his work, not people who want to support an author. A software company needs to solve people's existing tech problems, not hope that people will flock to their company just because they are new. The same is true with networking. If you are using social media to spam the world with your posts or to direct message/mention big companies and industry gurus, are you adding value or are you asking for a handout?
Do you live for the weekends, because you no longer have to work or do you live for the weekends because you can finally get to work? I am talking about your other job--the nights and weekend job. If you don't like your day job, then that is a good thing as it means that you are like most people in the world. If you are actively pursuing something else outside of the weekly 40, then that is fantastic and you are now unlike most people in the world.
It is easy to not like something, but it takes concentrated effort to do something about it. If you are one of the few attempting change, I applaud you. Likewise, I have some advice for you as well.
Being an entrepreneur is no easy task. In fact it is not at all comparable to a task. Entrepreneurship is a characteristic so ingrained that it is an inescapable way of life; a calling that is not sought after, but has chosen you. That being said, the path to prosperity is neither easy nor sure and requires specific qualities.
If you browse around for the best qualities of an entrepreneur, you will find plenty and certainly they each have merit. However, I would like to focus on only one of the many--failure--or that is to say, the drive to continue after experiencing failure. The big breakthroughs almost explicitly come about on the coat tails of failure.
To better illustrate this attribute I will focus on three mega entrepreneurs: Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs.