It's a fine line between tooting your own horn and being "that guy/girl" and it's a line that, as an entrepreneur, you will have walk (and you'll probably cross it a few times too). However, without self-promotion you'll probably end up with little promotion so shamelessness can be a virtue, especially when it comes to running your own business. Here are some tips on how to promote yourself without crossing that fine line.
Entrepreneurship can tend to be a lonely field and one of its perks and downfalls is the ability to work from home. However, as many are finding in the startup community, working from home can be more distracting than it is convenient. With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to stay on task while you are working from home.
Being an entrepreneur is kind of scary. The truth is, people have been taught for years that success is working at a good job, saving money and retiring at 65. Over time, you'll get moved up in the company, start managing people and maybe even get to become "boss". To be fair, to the majority of people that is still considered to be success, and rightfully so. However, it makes the idea of entrepreneurship that much more scary. Here are two contradicting fears that are found frequently in entrepreneurs: the fear of failure and the fear of success.
To work for yourself sounds to some like a great thing, no boss bugging me, no annoying co-workers, no commute, just me, myself and I. To others, it sounds like a lonely existence, and usually both parties are wrong. Entrepreneurship is nowhere near as lonely as it might seem, in fact, it's often filled with team building and working closely with others. If you look at some of the worlds greatest entrepreneurs, most will say the greatest skill needed by an entrepreneur is for that person to be a great team builder - Steve Jobs has said, "I think it's [team building] the most important job… When you're in a startup, the first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not".
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