4 Lessons From a New Entrepreneur

A friend of mine recently finished college with high honors in architectural design, as well as completing an internship with a reputable firm. Unfortunately he has not been able to find work in his field. However, this is not the end to the story! He pursued work in other areas of proficiency. He is also a talented web designer, and was hired by a company quite soon after finishing college. It gets even better! He owns a web design business that he started while in college and has been growing it part-time while working a “regular” job. Last week I found out that he was able to resign from his job and pursue his web design business full time. How cool is that?! He has more business than he knows what to do with right now!

We can learn at least a couple of things from his process:

  • Develop skills and talents in more than one area of your life. Most of us could take several different career paths based on our experiences. Our interests could also be applied in more than one field or career. I don’t think it is good to have so many interests that you never get good at anything, so eventually, you need to narrow your focus so you can actually get something accomplished. My friend was able to shift focus from his field of study to another interest when his situation demanded it.
  • The ability to shift focus is critical. Sometimes people wait with only one career path in mind, and maybe there is another option. For example, if you have good people skills, you could pursue options in sales, marketing, teaching, coaching, and more. You don’t have to get locked into one specific track.
  • Get started on something today! My friend had his web business up and running for quite a while before he was able to do it full time. In the beginning it required a decision to actually start. What is your area of interest? Is there an economic model that you could create out of your interests? Can you start building something or teaching something? Is there a service you could provide? Action builds confidence, so the sooner you take action the better! Maybe you need to take a moment and brainstorm on a business plan. I have a simple business plan that you can download for free.  Just click on this link and get started today! You see, you may be dissatisfied with your current job, but quitting immediately is rarely a good idea. If you start the process today and design a plan, you can be ready when the right time comes.
  • Don’t get discouraged! You may have to work for someone else for a while before you go on your own. You may need to work some jobs that aren’t the perfect place for you. This doesn’t have to last forever. Start a plan to change your situation today. Here are some great books that will help you along the way:

My friend is excited for his future and I am excited for him! He has a freedom now that many of us want, but aren’t quite there yet. You can check out his site at www.branberg.com.

If you know a great story of an entrepreneur that has recently gone “full time” with a new business, please share it in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!