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Make a Plan to Become an Ecommerce Entrepreneur in 2019

Set goals, make a plan and how to become an ecommerce entrepreneur in 2019!

Here we are at the beginning of another new year. You are probably like many others who find themselves reflecting on your lives.  Is one of your resolutions to start a business? Have you always dreamed about being your own boss, but not sure how to become an entrepreneur? You may have the desire, but find it difficult to set goals, make a plan to reach those goals, and then actually perform the necessary steps to achieve the goal. That’s why we wanted to share some helpful tips  to become an entrepreneur that may make it somewhat easier for you to set the wheels in motion to make a change, set a goal and create a plan. Specifically, we want to help you chart a new and different course for yourself—one called “entrepreneurship”. Now it’s time to ask yourself these questions…..

What Do You Want?

First, you need to feel strongly that you want to make a change in your life. Maybe you’re tired of working for someone else. Maybe you find that you’re bored with your work and are just simply going through the motions. Maybe you want to feel that you fully own your accomplishments. Maybe you feel that you are not truly being challenged and rewarded. Maybe you are experiencing “wanderlust” and never seem to have enough time to travel.
Now, are you thinking about what you would like to change in your working situation? This could be a long list for you. If you’re coming up with strong feelings for the pieces of your situation that you want to change and reasons why you want to make a change, let this be the year you set goals to change the path you are on—and venture into entrepreneurship! But, spend time to arrive at what you want by researching and studying your options before setting a goal. Don’t be hasty in making a goal–you want to be sure your goal is congruent with what you desire.

 

What Goals Do I Need To Set? 

The next step is setting goals and making resolutions to make it a reality. At this time of year, we hear a lot of talk about “making resolutions.” Well, are resolutions and goals the same thing? Actually, they are not the same. The goal is the bigger picture, for example, “becoming an entrepreneur in 2019″. The resolutions comprise the smaller steps in making the bigger goal an actuality. In the example of becoming an entrepreneur, a resolution might be “researching different entrepreneurial avenues.” The resolutions are much more detailed, are specific, and have measurable timeframes.
Your goals need to be challenging, but realistic. A goal needs to be a bit of a stretch for you, but something that you know you can achieve with effort. When goals are unrealistic and too high, you are more likely to give up. If you really want the goal, make it realistic.
A very important part of getting what you want and achieving your goals is to clearly define and express what you want. You need to get specific with your goals and resolutions. A vague or nebulous goal is not easily achieved and will more than likely be dropped. It has been shown that by writing your goals down you will have a greater chance of achieving them. Putting them on notes and placing them where you can easily see them every day is a way to keep them at the forefront of your mind and intention.

How Do I Create A Plan?

Creating a plan is critical in achieving your goals. You must have action items (resolutions) that break down how you will achieve the goal into timelines and deadlines. In this way, you can measure your progress and accomplishments. You also create habits and routines that support achieving your goal.
Hold yourself accountable in working your plan – this will drive you to work harder. As you perform your resolutions, set systems in place that hold you accountable. Sharing your plan with someone like your spouse, a friend, a coach or mentor provides a support system that will help you in meeting those small steps to the larger goal. Be sure you celebrate when you reach those milestones, this will help drive you forward!

Can I Commit To My Goals?

You have to make a commitment to the goal, as well as, the resolutions all along the way. Without the commitment, you probably won’t meet the goal. Working toward a goal will take self-discipline, time, energy, and action—all of which allow you to stay on track.
Do you think you have an entrepreneurial spirit? If you think you want to create your destiny by becoming an entrepreneur, I encourage you to research to get a clear understanding of what it is to be an entrepreneur. Only then will you know if it is the right fit for you.

Articles to Get You Started

Here are some articles you may find helpful in deciding if you entrepreneurship is you!

Are You Ready To Become An Ecommerce Entrepreneur In 2019!

If you can see entrepreneurship as a great fit for you, start setting your goals to make it happen for yourself in 2019! Now is the time to start changing your life! Make your own destiny! Chart your own course!
To find out what we do at Pure-Ecommerce and how we can help you become an ecommerce entrepreneur in 2019 visit us at www.Pure-Ecommerce.com!

 

Don’t Let Fear Overpower Your Desire to Become an Entrepreneur

Fear does not have the power – YOU DO! You can overcome the fear of the unknown to realize your dream of being your own boss and becoming an ecommerce entrepreneur.

By: Catherine Perry

We talk to a lot of people who are interested in owning an ecommerce business. They are frustrated with the corporate 9-to-5 life of commuting to work and having little time either with their families or for themselves to develop meaningful relationships and recharge energy. They feel that they have the entrepreneurial spirit and they feel the pull to have their own business. They long for a more flexible schedule and the ability to direct their own futures. But, so many times they are afraid to make a change. They let fear be the driving force in their future instead of the desire to have the life they dream about.
Is this you?
  • Have a long commute each way to get to your corporate 9-to-5 5-days a week job.
  • Have an OK salary (or not) and you never feel fully appreciated for the work you do.
  • Have 2 weeks of vacation each year.
  • Sometimes you feel secure in your job, but most days you don’t.
  • Dream of being an entrepreneur.
But, is this what you really want?
  • Working at home where your office is easy to get to and comfortable.
  • Running the show, making the decisions with no boss checking in.
  • Having a flexible schedule so you can run errands during the day, spend time with the children and pets.
  • Meeting friends for lunch.
  • Knowing what you do each day for the business contributes to your success as an entrepreneur.
  • Having more money.
The difference between the 2 lists comes down to you being able to make the change from employee to business owner. The inability to make this change keeps you stuck where you are and dissatisfied.

 

 

Most of the time the inability to change comes from fear. Our fears can be rational or irrational. They can affect us positively or negatively. Our fears can positively affect our lives by keeping us physically out of harm’s way. But our fears can also negatively affect our lives if they are irrational fears and we let them control us. We thought it would be helpful to talk about some of the irrational fears that people let rule their decisions and keep them from becoming the entrepreneurs they really want to be.
If you find that fear is causing you to stay in a less-than-ideal work situation and, therefore, is keeping you from making the move to entrepreneurship, this article is for you! We are highlighting 3 fears you may be experiencing that are holding you back in pursuing your dream of being an entrepreneur.

Failure

The fear of failure holds people back from making a change. According to the article “Overcoming Fear of Failure” on www.mindtools.com, “fear of failure (also called atychiphobia) is when we allow that fear to stop us doing the things that can move us forward to achieve our goals.”
What is important is first to recognize that this fear is causing you to be stuck and then to change your mind set about failure.  You can look at failure as something terrible, or you can look at failure as a learning experience. When you change the way you look at “failure” and the way you define it, you can look for the lessons you can learn from that experience. In this way, failures become growth experiences because they can keep us from making the same mistakes again. It is helpful to write down what is the worst thing that can happen if you take a chance and fail. You will more than likely find that nothing on the list is irreparable.

The Unknown

Most of us fear what we don’t know. Starting a business can be pretty scary if you are giving up a lot to get it going and if you haven’t started a business before. The keys are to prepare and have a plan of action. Get into the learning mode. Read as much as you can about what is entailed in owning an ecommerce business. Learn about the responsibilities and tasks involved in operating an online business. Look for forums where other ecommerce owners are having conversations about their work. Ask a lot of questions. By educating yourself as much as possible, the venture won’t be as much an unknown and won’t be as scary. Then, come up with your plan of action. By having a plan you will feel much more in control and less afraid of going forward.

 

 

Financial Stability

If you have always worked at a 9-to-5 job, you may be fearful of the financial aspect of starting your own business. You may think that owning a business has less financial stability than your regular paycheck currently provides. The fact is that, as an entrepreneur, you have the potential for much more financial stability than by just being an employee. Again, the “not knowing” creates a fear that can stop you from embarking on the path that will lead to greater financial success than you know today.
One thing that can help with this fear is educating yourself and preparing. In the article “The 7 Fears all Entrepreneurs Must Conquer” on www.entrepreneur.com, Aaron Agius says that “financial ignorance is one of the main reasons eight out of ten businesses fail in the first 18 months of business. Getting a good hold of your own financial know-how…helps you ride the entrepreneurial wave.”
Here are some other things you can do when fear gets in your way:
  1. Be clear on why you want to start a business. Write it down. Make a list of your personal goals. These are things you can come back to when you are feeling uncertain.
  2. Have an optimistic view. Be positive about starting your business venture. Understand that there are risks and things can go wrong because this is real life and it doesn’t always go just as you planned. But, you can understand the risks and find ways to overcome them.
  3. Be persistent. As the owner of a business, you will have obstacles to get around from time to time. The power of being persistent can’t be over-stated. Go back to your list of why you started the business and your personal goals to remind yourself that this is the path for you. Stick with it!
  4. Start the business part-time (if you’re already working full-time). Getting the business up and running does take time and hard-work, but you do not want to overwhelm yourself at first. You want to work at your own pace and have the understanding that you are starting a business, therefore, it takes time to get going. You can work your online business around your full-time job, this may give you the jump you need before you are ready to quit your job.

 

 

Facing a fear takes courage, but courage is the first step toward taking control of your destiny. Starting and running your own small business can be one of the most enriching experiences of your life. Don’t let your fear cause you to miss out on the life you are meant to have. Let us at Pure-Ecommerce help you make that decision and move forward. To find out more about starting your own ecommerce business click below to request our complete information Package and how we can help you get started!

 

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