You have a scathingly brilliant idea for a business. You want to make something people will love that only you can make or sell something people need that will improve the lives of folks in your community. You have the ability and ingenuity to create and build but realize that being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone. There’s more to it than an aha moment and a pretty storefront window, or good graphic design or web copy. Maybe you have a successful Etsy shop and want to open a brick-and-mortar shop on your town’s Main Street. Or maybe you have always been the best cupcake baker and think you can make a go of it as a real retail enterprise. There are various factors to consider before you take the plunge. Starting your own small business is risky and requires an incredible amount of time and hard work. Do you have what it takes to become a Maine entrepreneur?
Who Are You? (We Really Want to Know)
Entrepreneurs are creative. On a certain level, you have to be a dreamer. You have to think outside the box; you have to be open to an epiphany. But you also have to be ambitious, perseverant, hardworking, tireless, resilient and be able to take setbacks, criticism, and defeat. You have to be willing to put in long hours, to sacrifice other aspects of your personal and professional life, and give everything you have, including blood, sweat, and tears, to this new business. It requires all of you. Are you flexible? Do you roll with the punches? Can you pivot and play well with others, in addition to working independently and being a self-starter? A small business owner has so many roles. Take the time to research, study, and learn what has been successful. See what has failed, and why. Be ready to take on the tiniest of tasks while overseeing the long-term plan. If you have a vision and appreciate the finest details, you may be a future Maine entrepreneur.
Become an Entrepreneur at Any Age
You can become an entrepreneur at 40 if you are ready to make a mid-life, mid-career change. You have learned so much, both personally and professionally from the first half of your life and can bring that experience and authority to whatever venture you are being called to next. You can become an entrepreneur at 16 – no one is too young. Look at the impact a person like Greta Thurnberg is having on the global conversation. Teenagers have ingenious ideas, understand social media, and see very clearly what needs can be filled. Don’t let your age hold you back; if you take yourself seriously, so will your customers, investors, and the public. You can become an entrepreneur at 18, because college isn’t for everyone, and if you have a bold idea now is the time to implement it, when you have so much burning energy and passion and your finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist. You can begin your adulthood with a bang by going into business for yourself. Change your town’s economy and be an integral part of the next generation of Maine business.
Greenlight Maine knows entrepreneurs. “Become an entrepreneur” ideas are hot on our show. We want to see you on the next season with your peers and fellow small-business start-ups.