We asked Rani Langer-Croager, the CEO of Uptima Business Bootcamp, to answer our question:
“What advice would you give an entrepreneur planning to start a business?”
One of the first things you need to understand as a new business owner is that building a business is a process, and a non-linear one at that. The first few years require many iterations of researching, designing, testing, measuring, learning, and adjusting to ensure that you’re offering a solution that meets the needs of your market and you’re creating a viable business model.
But, starting and running a business isn’t just about getting your product or service out there. To create a thriving business, you need to have a firm understanding of business concepts and possess certain skills and mindsets. As such, getting the right education and mentoring is important. Look for training programs that can provide a rigorous curriculum and expert instruction to help you build a strong foundation.
Lastly, embrace uncertainty. There is a lot of uncertainty in starting a business. The process of testing your idea and writing your first business plan puts you face to face with your fears about whether this new business will work. You have a choice to let that uncertainty stop you from pursuing your dreams or acknowledge it and work to equip yourself with knowledge and other resources to manage through it.
ABOUT UPTIMA BUSINESS BOOTCAMP
Uptima Business Bootcamp is a member-owned business accelerator dedicated to providing diverse entrepreneurs with greater access to quality hands-on education, advising, resources, and community to create thriving businesses. Uptima offers rigorous and culturally relevant training and business advising services to give busy entrepreneurs the tools and support to build financial sustainability and personal success while creating positive social, environmental, and economic impact. Uptima’s programs support small business owners across the stages of starting, planning, growing, funding, leading, and keeping their businesses in their communities.
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