Self-Improvement Ideas for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are commonly in a challenging situation. They have to be good at many things but are also strapped for time.
Most business owners have limited time, energy, and resources available to spend on their self-development. Yet, at the same time, entrepreneurs are usually in a position to gain the most from improving their skills and knowledge.
It can be a tough balancing act and one that can be improved on over time.
If you’re an entrepreneur, try these ten ideas to work on your self-improvement successfully:
1. What you do you need to learn
You can assess your needs and weaknesses and make a careful decision about what you need to learn. What knowledge will most add the most value to your life or your business?
As an entrepreneur, you’re short for time, so it’s essential to make a good decision about how you spend your self-improvement time.
Ask yourself, “What could I learn that would most benefit my life and my happiness?”
Then ask yourself, “What could I learn that would best benefit my business?”
2. Selling skills
It’s not easy to make money without customers or clients. Sales skills can be among the most valuable for any entrepreneur. If you don’t have all the money you want, enhancing your sales skills might be a logical next choice for your self-development efforts.
3. Marketing skills
If people don’t know about your business and your services, you’re going to struggle to grow your business. There are many inexpensive marketing choices available today for entrepreneurs. Your business will likely benefit if you strengthen this critical skill.
4. Communication skills
Networking, gaining, and maintaining customers is a big part of an entrepreneur’s work. If your social skills are subpar, and you don’t communicate well, your business will struggle. Everyone can benefit from better social skills, whether they’re an entrepreneur or not so look into self-improvement in this area.
5. Public speaking
Depending on what type of business you have, this can be a beneficial skill to learn. Even if you never actually speak publically, it can build confidence and comfort when dealing with people and isn’t that the heart of any business. Speaking at conferences can also be an excellent way to market and sell your services or products to a broader audience, so getting better at public speaking can all around help your business grow.
Do you have goals for your business? Many entrepreneurs would benefit from a set of goals for them to work toward. Setting and striving for your goals is a valuable skill to develop both for your work and your personal life. Goal setting is another skill that can be useful in more parts of life than just entrepreneurship.
7. Focus, discipline, and perseverance
These are three qualities every entrepreneur could use more of. I know my time in the military drill all three of these into me quite a bit. And these three skills have been paramount to growing a successful business. If you lack in any of these areas, consider finding a program that builds on these characteristics.
Some other qualities to consider strengthening include the ability to deal with stress, growing your confidence, and staying motivated.
8. Time management
Entrepreneurs are always strapped for time. The closest way anyone can come to creating time out of thin air is to learn how to manage their time more effectively. Look into how to be more productive and how to best manage your most precious resource; time.
9. Your Health
Most small business owners worry more about taking care of their business that themselves. Too little sleep, poor food quality, too many skipped meals, and a lack of exercise are severe obstacles to your good health. Making health a priority and building healthy habits may be the best way to spend your self-improvement time.
10. Your Relationships
Unfortunately, entrepreneurs are notorious for having rocky relationships with friends, family, and their spouse. The time commitment of running a business and the stress that goes along with it can be a massive strain on your relationships. Perhaps learning how to reconnect and better your relationships are the best skill you can learn right now.
Entrepreneurs are pressed for time, so they must approach self-development efficiently and intelligently.
Decide what area of self-improvement will best benefit your business and life. Do you want more sales or to better your health? Is managing your productivity the best skill for you to learn at this time or working on your relationships?
Take a good, hard look at your situation and allocate your self-development time appropriately.
Here’s to working smarter to create the business and life you LOVE!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TORIE MATHIS
Torie Mathis helps entrepreneurs get from where they are to where they want to be by working smarter. She is a best-selling author, Army veteran, speaker + trainer, and your mentor to creating the business+ life you love. She has cracked the code for creating a lucrative, independent business + an amazing lifestyle. She can help you with your marketing and business growth, your clarity and purpose and help you reach your vision of success. 🙂
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