Posted by Todd Smith
Whether you have thought about it or not, if you market your services to the marketplace for a fee, you’re an entrepreneur. Some of us market our services to our employers and some of us market our services directly to consumers. Regardless of who buys our personal services, we are the owners of our own businesses and we market our services for a fee.
One of the few times when most employees actually view themselves as entrepreneurs is when marketing themselves to prospective employers. They put together an impressive résumé. They go out and market their services. They put on their best behavior during the interview process as they describe their services with confidence. Then once they get the job, they are back to thinking like an employee.
Who’s in charge of your income and career?
In today’s lesson I want to talk about how an entrepreneur thinks. Then I’ll outline some steps you can take to start that type of thinking. I believe you will quickly see the benefits of adopting the mindset of entrepreneur.
Who are the true entrepreneurs?
How to develop the entrepreneurial mindset.
1. Awareness is where all changes begin. Since we are all entrepreneurs, start thinking of yourself as a business owner and your services are what you sell. What can you do to increase the value of these services?
2. If you are marketing your services to an employer, start treating your employer like your most important customer. Build your relationship. Do more than you are expected to do with a grateful attitude. Do the little things that make your employer want to do business with you.
3. Perform your responsibilities with excellence and never require anyone to remind you of your responsibilities or hold you accountable. Take pride in always doing what is expected of you.
4. If you work for an employer who does not place the same value on your services as you do, perhaps it’s time to look in the mirror and make an honest assessment of your services. If you feel they are not appreciated, then perhaps it’s time find a different employer (customer).
5. Always project a positive business image from the way you dress to the way you conduct yourself. Remember, you are an entrepreneur and your brand is what people will buy. What can you do to increase the perceived value of your brand?
When you begin to adopt the mindset of an entrepreneur, you will feel a rush of adrenaline as you begin to see that you really are in control of your income and career. If you are an employee, you will quickly become every employers dream employee. Are you ready to lead?
If you’re an entrepreneur, please take a minute and share in the comment section below this post other important aspects of an entrepreneur’s mindset.
You have everything to gain by starting to think like an entrepreneur and nothing to lose. Start today!
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Todd Smith is a successful entrepreneur of 34 years and founder of Little Things Matter. To receive Todd’s lessons, subscribe here. All Todd’s lessons are also available on iTunes as downloadable podcasts.
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