Whether you want to create the next
Snapchat, start a marketing agency or
become an Instagram influencer, it’s
time to stop stalking others’ lives on
social media and get to work on your
1. Start a side hustle.
Most people underestimate how much
time there is outside of work if you
have a standard 9-5 job. If you are
working at a job you dislike and want
to be your own boss, stop complaining
about your current terrible job and
take action. Grab a cup of coffee after
work and start hustling from 6 p.m to 2a.m. on your new business venture.
If you are an artist, start posting
YouTube videos about the details
behind your painting process. Open up
an ecommerce store on Shopify.
Promote your products on
Instagram. All of this can be done as a
side hustle while you grow your
business. Best of all, you are still
collecting a paycheck from someone
2. Stop boozing.
If you are truly passionate about
entrepreneurship, you will quickly
understand that the weekends are the
most productive time to get work done.
You literally can put in 20 hours of
work on the weekend to grow your
This isn’t going to happen if you are
going to the bars on Friday and
Saturday night. First off, you are going
to drain your bank account from
buying shots for all of your buddies.
Secondly, you are not going to be
productive when you’re hung over.
Start setting your alarm clock and for
6:30 a.m. on the weekends. Put in a full day of work. You won’t have any
regrets about missing a night or two
out when you’re in your 30s and have a
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3. Wake up early.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “The sun
has not caught me in bed in 50
years.” Apple CEO Tim Cook is known
for getting up early and sending out
company emails at 4:30 in the morning.
The youngest CEO in the NBA, Brett
Yormark, gets up at 3:30 in the
morning in order to get to the office by
When it comes to business, the early
bird catches the worm . You can
actually be playing offense rather than
defense, which will allow you to work
on growing your business.
Make sure to put your alarm clock on
the opposite side of the room, which
will force you to get out of bed and not
hit the snooze button. Do 50 pushups
within 5 minutes of turning of your
alarm clock to truly wake yourself
up. If you need extra motivation for
waking up early, follow Before 5 AM on
4. Build your personal brand.
It blows my mind how much time
people spend on social media
promoting themselves yet they don’t
have a website that gives people more
information or a place where people
can get in contact with them.
Everyone should see if their first and
last name is available for purchase on
GoDaddy. If you have a common name,
insert your middle name and your craft
as part of the URL (example:
SarahSmithNYCArtist.com). The next
time you go into a business meeting,
you’ll be amazed how much more
impressed people will be by your
5. Become an expert by contributing content.
In addition to owning a marketing and
app development agency, I am also the
partner of an ecommerce skincare
website that sells dermatology strength
products. We are constantly trying to
get media mentions from Glamour,
Bustle and Teen Vogue. Do you know
what I discovered? A ton of the writers
on these nationally recognized sites are
If you love sports, start reaching out to
sites like YardBarker to become a
contributor. If you love fashion, what’s
holding you back for writing for Teen
Vogue? This will boost your personal
brand, establish credibility and present
new opportunities you never
6. Talk it out.
When you are an entrepreneur, you
live on a lonely island. Nobody will
ever realize just how much hustle you
put in on a daily basis. Your friends
who work a 9-5 job won’t understand
how your business means the world to
Since entrepreneurship can be lonely,
make sure you have someone you can
air it out with. Whether it is your
girlfriend or boyfriend, mom or dad, or
just a mentor you can trust, in order to
grow, you need to be able to have a
sounding board along the journey.
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7. Have patience.
The issue with the digital age that we
live in is that people are impatient.
They expect results yesterday.
Bill Gates was famously quoted saying,
“Most people overestimate
what they can do in one year and
underestimate what they can do in
In order to build a business, you need
to be patient for the long run. Don’t
think about where you want your
business to be in a year; think about
your goals for 10 years down the road
and how you are going to execute to
make all of your ambitions come to
fruition. If you are in your 20s, what
will differentiate you as an
entrepreneur is patience. Make sure to
move fast on getting stuff done but be
patient for the long-term gains.
I’ve owned my company for
seven years now. I know that 96
percent of businesses fail before
turning 10. I keep that statistic in my
mind each and every day because I
want to be part of the 4 percent that
succeed past 10.
Each year you celebrate your business
anniversary, your muscles will continue
8. Make money.
I can’t stand all of the people who
claim they are entrepreneurs. One
simple question separates the
contenders from the pretenders: “Are
you generating revenue?” There are so
many people out there who claim to be
crushing it with their “entrepreneurial
journey” but when you dig into it, they
aren’t generating a penny in revenue.
I’m not even getting into the details of
generating a profit, which is what every
business must do to survive.
If you aren’t making money with your
business, you need to start and you
need to start soon. Just like a hockey
team needs to score goals in order to
win a game, your business needs to
make money to actually be considered
a business. Stop with the pretend stuff
and start selling your product or
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9. Start meeting with millionaires.
On a monthly basis, start meeting with
a millionaire for coffee. You’ll be
amazed that there is no secret sauce to
succeed in business. You’ll learn that
hard work leads to better luck and
success. You’ll also become inspired
and motivated while listening to
someone who has succeeded in the
If you try and meet with Evan Spiegal
from Snapchat, you aren’t going to
have much luck. You’d be amazed,
though, how many CEOs of billion- and
multi-million-dollar companies would
be willing to meet with you if you are
Don’t think for a second that you are
the only one gaining value from the
meeting. The CEOs and founders that
you meet with — who will likely be in
their 40s, 50s and 60s — will be asking
you a lot of questions. The reason?
Their customers are most likely your
age, and they understand the spending
power of millennials and Gen Zers.
10. Become an SEO and paid
Do you want to know a more efficient
way to grow your business than
attending outdated networking events?
Rank towards the top of Google so
people will contact you directly for
business inquires. Whether you just
graduated from law school and plan on
opening up your own practice or you
are selling customized dog collars, SEO
and paid ads can literally help any
This is one of the main reasons I’ve
been able to grow my marketing
agency quickly and efficiently. In the
Columbus, Ohio markets, we crush it
for terms like “social media company ”
and “SEO Company.”
There is no college degree or class you
have to take to become an SEO or PPC
expert. You just have to get your hands
dirty, read articles and watch videos. If
you are starting a business , you need to
be well versed in this area so you can
generate leads and sales online each
and every day.
11. Be cheap.
Earlier in the article, I talked about
how you can save money by not going
to the bars every weekend. Do
everything you can to be frugal with
your money. You never know when the
economy will turn south or when your
biggest client or customer will drop off.
If you are spending lavishly, you won’t
be well prepared for tough times.
Start eating more peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches and eat out less. Stop
buying clothes at Nordstrom and start
shopping at TJ Maxx.
Every dollar is so important when you
are starting a business. There’s a
reason Warren Buffett has lived in the
same house in Omaha, Neb., that he
bought for $58,000 in 1958. The real
winners in business are smart with