An Entrepreneur’s Journey from a Full Time Employee, to a Full Time Employer
Are you about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship? Or are you considering it? Let me prepare you for one of the first general rules I came across pretty quickly since starting and leading Anthology.
As an entrepreneur, it’s no longer “ok” to be one-dimensional. The title says it all. But what do I mean by this?
For almost two decades we are raised and taught to believe that we will become a certain type of worker. Consider your answer when someone asks what you do for work…
- “I’m an engineer.”
- “I’m a teacher.”
- “I work in data entry.”
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, the first step is to abolish this form of thinking. The moment you decide to start a business, you are expected to become more than a single entity.
You have to be a salesperson. A leader. A manager. A communications expert. A content creator. And more.
What do you do if you don’t know a certain set of skills? Simple – learn. I like to learn on the fly. Every time I meet with someone new, it’s my mission to gather as much insight and material from those discussions that I can. That leads to more research, more learning, and more strategies that I can then go and incorporate into my business.
When you are first starting out, you’re not going to have the access to a big team or employee base to help you with these tasks (well, for the vast majority of us at least). But even if you do, in my opinion, it’s much better to get some experience performing these tasks yourself to get the necessary skillset that will make you a well-rounded business leader.
- When asked what you do for work, start thinking differently than “I’m an X.” or “I work in Y.” Break the mentality of being one-dimensional
- If you want to be successful in business, you should want to know all aspects of your business.
- Skills and knowledge are in abundance and often times, free. Use this to your advantage.
- Every time you meet with someone, regardless of how important that meeting may be, take something away from the discussion that you can research deeper.
Will Ciolino is an Entrepreneur, Engineer and Hobbyist Photographer who has spent time in Small Business, Manufacturing, and a Fortune 500 company as a Mechanical Engineer and 3D Printing Expert. In his spare time, Will has built small businesses in the fitness industry; has focused on finding gig-economy type side-hustles; and is Founder and CEO of the photography platform, Anthology.
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