4 Actionable Tips to Become Successful Entrepreneurs

 John Stevens wrote about 4 Actionable Tips to Become Successful Entrepreneurs

As independent business people, entrepreneurs work to satisfy the needs and wants of their customers, rather than those of a boss who pays them Their customers are their “bosses”.

Some independent business people aren’t entrepreneurs, though.

Want to set yourself apart from those who just sell what others are selling? Read on for tips to become a successful entrepreneur.

Lady’s broad-brim hat – Will it fit in the box? credit Pixabay.com

Brief Intro about Entrepreneurship and the Successful Entrepreneur

First, let’s identify the difference between an entrepreneur and other business people.

Many business people set themselves up in a competitive business selling what others are selling. They strive to differentiate themselves by offering a lower price than their competitors. Or, they compete by offering better service or product quality. Those who compete that way can sometimes hit on a unique combination of those features. They may be moderately successful with that style of competition. However, they’re usually trying to convince someone else’s customers to buy what they’re selling.

An entrepreneur identifies a gap in a market or even an entirely new market. When they find the solution to customers’ needs in that market, they have it all to themselves. They generate new business, new customers, rather than competing for someone else’s existing customers.

As in so many aspects of success, a big part of this is mindset. If you’re thinking “inside the box” – thinking like everyone else – you’re unlikely to find a revolutionary new business. Think outside the box – look in obscure places and markets – and who knows what might happen?!

A little further along, we’ll list some tips to become a successful entrepreneur.

Why Follow These Tips?

If you decide you’re going to sell shoes, or cars, or service air conditioners, you’ll be competing with others. Unless you’re in a remote area (likely without many shoe, or car, or air conditioner customers), you’ll be competing with others doing the same thing. Your only hopes for attracting customers are:

  1. Offering unique shoes, cars, servicing a different type of air conditioner
  1. Offering lower prices than others in your business.
  1. Offering a unique service in connection with what you sell. Find some twist on the business no one else has thought of or is offering.

With options 1 and 2, you’re not creating a new business. You’re trying to lure the same customers as everyone else offering that you do.

With the third option, you’d be getting entrepreneurial. If you’re offering something the 

competitors are unable o\r unwilling to offer, you’ve created a new niche in the market.

 

Tips to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

To illustrate the points I’ll list below, I’ll tell a story. My friend and his wife visited a very high-end millinery (hat shop). Linda, the proprietress, made and sold unique ladies’ hats. Every hat came with a hatbox. 

Since many of the hats had very broad brims, they didn’t fit in the boxes she could buy when she started her business. In a conversation with Linda, my friends learned this story. 

She had talked with her box supplier and asked about making larger boxes. He said his die-cutter for large boxes had broken down and not been repaired due to low demand for the large boxes. She asked him what it would cost to fix the die-cutter. A few hundred dollars was the answer. Linda offered to pay for that.

So they fixed the die-cutter. Linda got her large hatboxes. The box supplier found that large hats had become more popular, and providing boxes for them was a lucrative new line of business for him. He declined not to charge Linda for the machine repair.

Everybody won! Linda got her boxes so she could enjoy the expanded hat business. Her customers enjoyed the convenience of having a storage place for their big hats. The box supplier found a new line of business he didn’t think was there. And all because Linda took the initiative and offered to pay for the machine repair. As a bonus, in the end, she didn’t have to pay for it.

What are the takeaways from this story? The tips for entrepreneurs to be successful?

  • Be observant. If you or your customers have a need that’s not being met, probably you’re not alone. Solving your problem may lead to a whole new business.
  • Be ready to step up and take action. Without Linda’s offer to fix the die-cutting machine, none of this would have happened. The box supplier also was ready to move at Linda’s suggestion.
  • Listen open-mindedly to your customers and clients. Are they crying out for something you and others can’t supply? There’s likely an opportunity there.
  • If you’re in a competitive business, look for unique ways to serve your customers. Do something no one else is doing.

Entrepreneurs have the potential to be more successful financially than those who compete to sell what others are selling. They also find their work more personally fulfilling. I wish you great success as an entrepreneur.

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