The best things in life are free, and so are a number of things you can do to become a successful entrepreneur. Even if you have less capital than you’d like, there’s nothing stopping you from trying new things to become more efficient and more productive. There are a lot of habits and practices you can adapt so you can become the best entrepreneur you can be.

Stay Busy

If you do more, you’ll produce more. It’s a simple concept that you must embrace if you want to be a successful entrepreneur. On workdays, don’t let an hour pass without doing something productive. You’re running a start-up — there’s almost always something you can do that will aid its growth.

It’s not just about working more, it’s about working well. Don’t just keep yourself busy for the sake of doing something. Have an objective for everything you do. Time is one of your most valuable resources, and doing something unimportant or unrelated to your business on work hours still counts as wasting it.

Say No

Many opportunities will fall into your lap, but under no circumstances should you feel obligated to say yes to any of them. Even if the opportunity is a chance to improve the company, you must measure the potential value it has against the amount of time and effort you’ll need to expend. Some opportunities are better than others, so you need time to compare each option before committing yourself to something.

As a rule, if they demand an answer before you have the time to figure things out, default to a “no.” You may miss a few good opportunities, but it’s better to miss a good opportunity than to get quagmire into something that won’t benefit you enough.

Plan Ahead

It doesn’t take much for a person to lose focus. Studies have shown, for example, that people can generally only focus on three things at a time on a visual level. If you want to be successful, you’ll want to plan ahead and make sure you stay on point. That means writing down your plans, goals, and visions — write down everything related to your success. Do this each night before you sleep so you wake up focused. You can also opt to do this when you wake up, which has a similar effect.

Manage Your Money

Entrepreneurs without capital are basically dead in the water. Without money, they can’t pay their employees, they can’t keep the doors open on their store, and they can’t make new products. That means money management should be one of your top priorities. Even if you have a great accountant on the payroll, you should know enough about money works so you can integrate cash management into your plans.

Wake Up Early

Time is the one resource you can’t get more of, in that you can’t get more hours in a day – however, you can work around that. All you have to do is to be awake for more hours. Waking up early gives you more time to get everything in order. You could use that time to exercise or catch up on what you missed yesterday.  The point is, by starting your day earlier, you get time to do other things which lets you focus your efforts for the rest of the day.

Networking

Succeeding as an entrepreneur is not just about what you know, it’s about who you know. Fortunately, striking up a conversation is free. By talking to people and making friends and contacts, you expand your sphere of influence and increase the chances of coming across an opportunity to improve your start-up. Friends and contacts can help you get the word out on your business, for example, which can result in increased business. You might even find an investor or partner if you’re lucky.

Being an efficient and successful entrepreneur is a very personal thing. What works for other people may not work for you, so don’t feel the need to try everything on the list. However, don’t be too quick to write something off. If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot. It might just be what you need to take your business game to the next level.

 

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