Lessons Learned As A 15 Year-Old Entrepreneur
I’m 15 years old and I started my web design company, B Cubed Media, last year. I didn’t really start to experience growth until recently, but when that did happen, I began to truly learn about what running a business was like. I had clients to work for, bills to pay, and not enough time to get everything done. The typical challenges of an entrepreneur had set in, and I loved it. I wanted to write this article to inspire people who are just starting out and share some of the lessons that I have learned thus far in running my business.
Have A Vision
Having a vision is a crucial part of achieving anything in your business. Have a reason to do things that is above money. Have an emotional reason. Maybe you are growing your business to help the world, make your mom proud, impress a girl, buy your dream car, travel more, achieve freedom, live the life you want, meet more people, or pay for your child’s college. Whatever that reason may be, make sure that you keep it in mind, especially when you are going through periods in the business that make you want to quit. Don’t stop when things get hard, because there is plenty of good after the bad. Many people have achieved massive success after hitting rock bottom in their life. Don’t let failure prevent you from getting what you want.
Failure Is Simply The Opportunity To Do Better
The last point leads me on to this one. Don’t let failing at something prevent you from continuing on your journey to achieve what you want in your life. I have failed at many things in starting my business, however, I have learned from each and every one of those failures. Failures are simply opportunities to do better at whatever it may be that you failed at.
Have A True Desire For Success
Another thing that I have learned from building my business is that you need to have a true desire for success. Don’t let other people tell you that what you are doing is a bad idea, that your business won’t work, or that you aren’t smart enough to build your business. Being smart has nothing to do with success in business. Keep going, work hard, and know why you are working. The “Why” of your business will be the thing that keeps you going in your pursuit of success. I am not telling you to be mean to others, inconsiderate, or ignorant of the world around you. I am telling you to work hard to make sure that your idea gets to market.
Be Open To Feedback
I was just telling you to not let anyone get you down in the last tip, so isn’t this one contradictory? Well, you need to learn to distinguish between feedback that is destructive and feedback that is constructive. Sometimes, the advice that people are going to give you is going to sound discouraging, but it is only to help you grow. Listen to the advice of others and learn to distinguish what advice is the best advice for your business.
When you are starting your business, you should lay out the things that you want to accomplish and the time frame that you want to accomplish those tasks in. Knowing where you want to go and how you want to get there are great things that will not only keep you motivated, but also will give you an idea of how hard and smart you are working. Your goals can change over time too, so don’t be afraid of modifying your goals as your vision changes. Something that has changed how I live my life is writing down my goals every day. This is a great way to get me focused on what I am doing and why I am doing it first thing in the morning.
Work Your Butt Off
This one is pretty self-explanatory. You need to work. A lot. As an entrepreneur, you are going to be taking on a challenge more difficult than most things you have ever done in your life. You are going to be putting in the longest hours you have ever put in, and you are going to love it. I go to school full time and manage to work around 8 hours a day sometimes. I love what I do and I want to keep doing it for as long as I can.
Know What You Are Doing and When
Sometimes, you are going to just get up, work, and not really know why you are working. Know why you are doing the things that you are doing and when you plan to do them in your day. I like to schedule my tasks out in my day and have specific time blocks for everything that I am doing. It prevents me from procrastinating because I have a deadline for things. I know that I have to accomplish things in my day. I like to-do lists with sub-tasks. They keep me motivated to accomplish things, however small, and I have the opportunity to get more done in my day.
Learn. A Lot.
This is a biggie. I have a library with over 200 Books and I read a ton. I love using youtube to brush up on topics and I am a huge fan of podcasts as a learning tool. As an entrepreneur, you are going to need to learn a ton about business, sales, marketing, accounting, management, and much, much more. I have read hundreds of pages on business, sales, marketing, web design, accounting, etc. and it has been one of the best decisions that I have made in my life.
As an entrepreneur, you are going to go through a lot, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to succeed. Failure is something that you are going to have to get over. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. There are a lot of other entrepreneurs going through the same thing that you are going through. If you liked this article, please share it on Twitter and Medium. Thanks for reading.