Advice for First Time Enterpreneur


From your experience, what would you like to advice First Time Enterpreneur ?

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asked Oct 26 '09 at 08:57
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The most important advice I can give is not to waste your time on slipping or watching TV/movies but build your first product to sell.

Some people after quiting theirs day jobs think that they should get a kind of vacation and return after that with a new power. However this 'vacation' may continue over years. And I do not speak about active vacations when you travel or doing something to have a rest. I mean that you sleep untill 1 or 2 pm, then you browse the Internet for news and new blog posts, checking your emails and spending your time to imitate ebullient activity.

Good luck with your startup!

answered Oct 26 '09 at 10:11
81 points


I think the most important rule, from my experience, is to pick competent and dedicated partners.

Make certain everyone has the same vision regarding the direction we are going.

When you get some money, be very frugal about how you spend it. If you don't need an office downtown, get something less expensive.

And finally, be able to explain clearly and concisely what you are doing and why it is different than your competitors.

You should also read How to make friends and influence people as that book is about sales, and you will be selling yourself and an idea, in the beginning, and the book just has fantastic advice.

Here are a couple others that are interesting:
4 rule for the practical entrepreneur 3 rules for the new small business entrepreneur

answered Oct 26 '09 at 09:15
James Black
2,642 points


Buy time. Pay ahead.

If you can afford it, pay bills ahead a few months in advance. Small bills like electric, cable, phone and cell. A $30 bill may not seem like much now but when things get a little tight (and they will), knowing you have lights for a couple more months will be one less thing you have to worry about. One month is good, three months is better, six months is great.

And before anyone comments on the time cost of money, (banking the money and collecting interest), this advice is for her peace of mind. Time and some calm is worth more than the small interest rate she might earn.

Good luck.


answered Nov 26 '09 at 07:35
61 points


Don't expect to become a big hit overnight. Great products take years to build and mature. Dig in for the long haul and try to make small improvements every single day.

answered Oct 26 '09 at 15:35
Oleg Barshay
2,091 points


Read the blog by Fast Company Magazine founder
Alan Webber. If you like the blog, then check out the book by the same
name. The book will give you increadible
insight about important business lessons. If your asking this question
this is your book.

answered Oct 26 '09 at 16:02
61 points


Expect your first few projects to fail. Give them your all, but don't take it personally when they don't work out. It's something everyone goes through, and the sooner you get it out of the way the better your odds of finding the right thing are.

answered Oct 26 '09 at 20:13
Paul Mc Millan
601 points


A few things that I took away from the book "Founders at Work" were:

  • Be prepared for an emotional roller-coaster. You will have despondent days and jubilant days. It comes with the territory
  • Be prepared to hear "No" a lot
  • Accept failures as part of the process
  • Be persistent
  • Be prepared to change course - if you hear from your customer or potential customers (and this happened a lot) that they want something different, then really really consider it (Adobe, paypal (to name a couple) both started as different businesses)
answered Nov 13 '09 at 04:10
Tim J
8,346 points


Forgot earlier - check out this thread, pearls of wisdom for entrepreneurs:

answered Nov 27 '09 at 06:26
4,214 points


Always always always think about how you can turn one of your everyday activities into something lucrative. We have so many resources today that help us facilitate this process -- eBay, Amazon, craigslist...

answered Nov 27 '09 at 16:14
Henry The Hengineer
4,316 points


All good advice above. The one thing I'll say is LOVE what you do - love what you're selling. It makes all the difference in the world. Doesn't mean you can't succeed without that but there's nothing better than having that. Because it's about the journey, not just the end point you're trying to hit. And if you love what you do then each day along the way you'll be better. And if you don't enjoy the journey then it's going to be sad if you don't hit your goals.

Best of luck!

answered Oct 26 '09 at 12:10
4,214 points


networking, another important aspect

answered Nov 28 '09 at 14:35
344 points


Think about the following:

  1. How much money can you afford to lose?
  2. How long can you support yourself and your family without any help from your business?
  3. How much risk tolerance you have?
  4. How are you going to make money?
  5. How much is it going to cost to open your business? (and then add 30% extra as contingencies)
  6. How much revenue do you think you will generate? (if possible, break it down to weeks or even days, and then subtract 30%)
  7. How much money will you need every year (or every month) to keep your business afloat?
answered Nov 29 '09 at 05:18
A. Garcia
1,601 points

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