How To Become an Entrepreneur
Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Not sure if you have what it takes to permanently escape the 9-to-5? This ebook, developed in partnership with Foundr magazine, will educate you on the critical skills needed to find a winning idea, the mindset to adopt, and the tools you’ll need along the way.
1. What Is Entrepreneurship? It’s a State of Mind
If you’re unsure about whether you have the characteristics of a true entrepreneur – and how exactly to go about it even if you’re certain you’re up for it – this chapter is for you. Learn what sets real entrepreneurs apart from the rest and whether you have what it takes to escape the 9-to-5 grind.
2. Identifying Your Entrepreneurial Skills
There are loads of entrepreneurial skills and competencies that can improve your chances of success. This chapter helps you figure out which ones come naturally to you, and which ones you might need to focus on improving or getting assistance with in the future. Keep in mind that you definitely do not need to master all of them to be successful.
3. How to Find a Good Business Idea
Having a solid, growth-oriented foundation for business or entrepreneurship is great – but now what? You probably need a work desk, an internet package, some apps, and, of course, a business idea to get off the ground. Use the tips and strategies in this chapter as a jump-off point to spark your own business ideas.
4. How to Validate Your Business Idea
9/10 ventures fail, and the majority of owners crash and burn very early on in their careers, which is why we always advise entrepreneurs to perform market analysis before diving head-first into an uncharted business territory. If you’re starting out, we personally recommend using the strategies discussed in this chapter to see whether or not you’re onto something people want.
5. Choosing the Right Business Model
Validating your business idea to ensure there’s a market out there for your product or service is only one aspect of starting a new business. The other crucial part is figuring out how you’re going to monetize your venture. This is where you pick a business model to pursue. This chapter offers a primer on the popular business models in existence.
6. Business Funding and Finances 101
Money can give you amazing opportunities to fund your dreams. The problem is that a huge majority of startups struggle to find business funding solutions. But there’s good news: you have options and opportunities. If you have a business idea but feel restricted by your financial resources, this chapter is for you.
7. How to Start a Business – Officially
The logistics of starting a business can be pretty confusing. And in some unfortunate cases, new entrepreneurs might find themselves in situations where they’re getting the run-around in terms of boxes that need to be checked off. If you’re having trouble figuring things out, this chapter has a lot of resources to help get your ducks in a row.
8. Best Entrepreneur Books, Podcasts, Resources
Perhaps you have your heart set on a certain type of business, but you don’t feel qualified enough to master it just yet. This is more common than you might think, and there’s great news: there are lots of excellent learning resources like free and paid books, podcasts, online courses, communities, and more. We've compiled the best ones in this chapter to help get you started.
Foundr is the go-to digital resource for the growing ranks of self-made entrepreneurs at every level of experience. Launched by Nathan Chan in 2013, it now serves millions of entrepreneurs around the world. Foundr also offers this FREE Instagram masterclass on how they went from zero to 500K Instagram followers in under 12 months.
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