38 Entrepreneurs’ Top Tips for Success

When the weather is this gorgeous, I feel especially grateful for the freedom and flexibility of entrepreneurship.

That’s why it’s the perfect time to acknowledge fellow business owners, including freelancers. These driven, decisive disruptors juggle more than a Cirque du Soleil performer, risk more than a Vegas gambler and passionately persevere in pursuit of their dreams.

Entrepreneurs boldly transform their dreams into prosperity for themselves and others around the world.
 
So which nations are “crushing it” in entrepreneurship? This past May, a study by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor found the U.S., Canada and Australia have the highest levels of entrepreneurship among industrialized nations. These three countries also ranked highest for female entrepreneurs in a 31-country survey published last July commissioned by Dell.

Leadership Wisdom From Around the World
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or you crave the freedom and challenge of eventually working for yourself, you may find this article handy. As an entrepreneur for more than three years, I’m in awe of the wisdom among this diverse group of visionaries whose career path is the road less travelled.
 
That’s why I asked business owners on three continents to share their #1 piece of advice for other entrepreneurs.

Here’s what they had to say:

Focus
“Go for it! Don’t be distracted by anything or anyone.”
~ Ida Hardy, Hardy Health and Fitness, US
 
“Understand your why.”
~ Jenny Robson, Routes and Branches Limited, UK
 
“Bring mindfulness to your business to maintain your purpose and patience along the journey.”
~ Mitali Saxena, Fashom, US
 
Be Fearless 
“Just start now. Don’t wait. Start before you’re ready.”
~ Whitney Alexandra, Flora Italia, Canada
 
“Someone will do it. Why not make it you?!”
~ Sophie Callahan, Sophie Callahan Photography, UK
 
“If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.”
~ Aliza Stein, A Freaking Great Company, US
 
“Never let fear make a decision for you”
~ Jennifer Jessie, No Blue Creative, US
 
“If you continue to hide, your why dies too.”
~ Brigid Ward, brigidward.com, New Zealand
 
“Have courage, believe in all your decisions and don’t falter.”
~ Domini Berry, Pink Strawberry, UK
 
Pursue Excellence
“Do exceptional work. Your happy clients will refer you to many more; the best marketing is word of mouth.”
~ Heath Applebaum, Echo Communications Inc., Canada
 
“Give value in everything you do and keep trying.”
~ Yvonne Morrison, The Business Boutique Limited, New Zealand
 
“Investing in your customer’s success is investing in your own.”
~ Ivan Tsarynny, PostBeyond, Canada

Listen to Yourself
“Trust yourself and get out of your own way.”
~ Carolyn Chebaro, localfacemarketing.com, US
 
“Don’t let others set priorities for you; walk your own path.”
~ Dragana Grbic, Eton Digital Ltd., Serbia
 
“Follow your instincts & follow through.”
~ Randi Pierce, RandiPierce.com, US

“Be aligned, be authentic & have attitude!”
~ Sophie Edmond, UK

Market Yourself
“Invest in your marketing. It proves you care about quality and results.”
~ Stuart Steinberg, Key West Video Inc., Canada
 
“Become a thought leader — pick your topic, pitch out your expertise.”
~ Sallie Boyce, Communica PR, UK
 
“Concentrate on the social media channels you actually enjoy using.”
~ Becs Miller, Write & Reach, UK
 
Go Out and Network
“Build a relationship with everyone you meet.”
~ Meagan Wade, meaganwade.ca, Canada

“Surround yourself with at least one experienced advisor in your field.”
~ Bethany Hilt, Vertere, US
 
“Your network is your net worth.”
~ Paul Teshima, Nudge, Canada
 
Invest in Self Care
“There are 24 hours a day: 8 for sleep, 8 for work and 8 for you… The best you creates the best work.”
~ Steve Tam, Indiegogo, Canada
 
“Take care of yourself. You are the most important asset your business has.”
~ Andrea Jordan, Learn Discover Be Free, New Zealand
 
“Have a self care maintenance plan; coping’s not a strategy.”
~ Ruby McGuire, rubymcguire.com, UK

Keep Learning (& Lose the Perfectionism!)
“Fail away! Turn your mistakes into profitable lessons.”
~ Bijan Vaez, EventMobi, Canada

“You need to be ready for anything, so keep innovating.”
~ Gimmy Chu, NanoLeaf, Canada
 
“When you fail (and you will!), Fail Fast and Fail Forward!
~ Jennifer Fieldstein, JLY Designs Inc., US
 
Persevere

“Double the amount of time it takes to become profitable” 
~ Paul Copcutt, paulcopcutt.com, Canada
 
“Never, ever give up. Obstacles are only temporary.”
~ Tania Angelis, taniaangelis.com, UK
 
“When times get tough, remember why you’re doing it.”
~ Jennifer Smedley, UK
 
“Everything takes longer than you think it will. Keep going.”
~ Laura Robinson, Worditude, UK 
 
“Take criticism from your family and friends as it’s intended (with love)”
~ Dawn Rose, Bridal Perfection, Australia

“Keep going, even when you think you can’t anymore.”
~ Holly Sully, Holly’s Abundant Universe, Australia
 
“Do not be committed to how it will happen. Chase after your why — why you are in business.”
~ Lacrecia Dangerfield, lacreciadangerfield.com, US
 
“Never give up!”
~ Kelly Grothe, kellygrothe.com, US
 
Have Fun

“Life is full of games. Play each one to win!”
~ Jenny Kile, Kardtects Building Cards, UK
 
“Sell product, dig deep, believe in serendipity, chin up, smile!”
~ Damien Browne, Standard Access, Ireland (Congratulations to Damien for his recent Tech Startup of the Year Award from the Bank of Ireland!)
 
Adding It All Up
As these bold business leaders show, profitable self-employment demands focus, fearlessness, perseverance and excellence. Add in a positive attitude, self-care and self-promotion, and you’ll increase your chance of success as an entrepreneur.
 
I’ll end with this inspirational quote from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (because he’s done okay for himself): “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” 
 
If you’re an entrepreneur, what tips would you add?

Lisa Goller is a marketing and communications professional with over 15 years of experience serving B2B, technology and retail companies. She helps executives and entrepreneurs tell their story through irresistible content marketing and strategic communications. Learn more at lisagoller.com