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Whether you are motivated by a stroke of inspiration or a desire to become your own boss, to be an entrepreneur is, essentially, to be a dreamer.  Indeed, becoming a successful entrepreneur starts with having a great idea.  Sure, anybody can start up their own business, but not everybody can come up with a truly innovative venture and make it work.

Use your imagination; think of what industry you would be interested in getting into, and see if you can find a truly unique approach to your business of choice.  Dare to dream big, but always consider if your vision is feasible.  Keep your idea flexible so as to adapt to the realities of the market.  That being said, you should also not be afraid to take risks.  Going into business is always a gamble; a safe venture may not always pan out, while an unconventional, off-the-wall idea may sometimes become successful.  You just won’t know until you try.

Every important detail of your business should be carefully planned out.  If you’re manufacturing a product, take every area of production into consideration.  Think of the materials you would need to manufacture it, how it may affect the quality and cost of your product, and how it would stand out in the market.  Establish who your target market is, what their preferences are, and where they usually shop.  Study your competitors; look into their strengths and weaknesses, in what areas they excel, and figure out what advantages you may hold over them.  Formulate an effective marketing strategy; think of how you will advertise your product and where to place those ads.  Determine where your product will be sold and how to entice consumers to buy it.  And of course, you should verify how much money you would need in starting your business, and what your gross profit would be.

If you don’t have the money needed to start up your own business, you may approach venture capitalists and present your business proposal to them.  Conduct a formal presentation detailing the merits of your product and describing every important aspect of your proposed business.  Point out what the estimated gross profit would be and the percentage that your potential investors would be earning in interest.  If they like your pitch, they would be glad to invest money into your business idea.  Another way to raise capital is to regularly set aside small amounts in a mutual fund until such time that you have enough.  A more direct approach is to set a definite time line in order to determine how much you need to set aside over a period of time.

As with many things in life, there is no real guarantee that your business will hit it big.  If you are indeed successful, this should only spur you on to improve your craft and come up with even bigger business ideas to try out.  But should you fail, do not let this deter you from further pursuing entrepreneurship.  Just look at it as a learning experience and take the lessons that you’ve learned to try for better luck next time.  You can socialize with other entrepreneurs; pick their brains and compare notes with them so that you may get pointers on how to make that business idea in your head a reality and a success.

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