Advice for the upcoming millennial entrepreneur

Knowledge base

The world of business is forever changing and for new and upcoming business owners that means adapting to a new economy whilst fighting to stay relevant in the lightning-fast economy. That’s why we’ve drawn up 10 tips to help millennial entrepreneurs in their pursuit of success.

  1. Listen to your customers

Just because you would buy your product doesn’t mean others would too. For your company to take off, you will need a sustainable base of customers who are convinced they need, want and deserve whatever it is you are offering.

  1. Be funding wise

Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks when it comes to seeking capital for your business. Expand your quest for finance beyond conventional bank loans. Explore convenient, flexible funding alternatives.

  1. Success is more than profits

Stand out by building a business that positively impacts the environment and drives socio-economic well-being. Responsible and sustainable ventures perform better.

  1. Put in the time

Starting, operating and growing your business from the ground up is not for the faint-hearted. Don’t expect miracles to happen overnight. Your business won’t build itself.

Put in the work to make a success out of your business. Promote your company everywhere (this includes print and digital media) and develop a thorough marketing campaign before launching.

  1. Plan your funding strategy

Raising funds is a part of having a thorough business strategy, one which requires you to plan. Therefore, prepare for meetings with investors by thinking of every question you might face. Analyse and revise your business plan as you go along.

  1. Disrupt, don’t be disrupted

You never want your business to be part of the bulk and not stand out. This means you need to do things differently to your competitors and stay on top of your game all the time.

  1. Be patient

It is a misconception that you need to scale your business as soon as you can. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with growing, explosive growth too soon can be a threat if you can’t keep up with the momentum.

  1. Budget like a pro

Draw up and stick to a watertight budget tracking all your expenses and income and spend your money wisely to prevent these issues.

  1. Take mistakes in your stride

You will make mistakes and that is okay. Learn from them and use this knowledge to fine-tune your plans to build a stronger, more resilient and financially stable business that can make the difference you want it to make.

  1. Mindset is everything

At the end of the day, entrepreneurship is a way of life, not just a way to pay the bills

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