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    The Startup Guide for the Aspiring Entrepreneur

    To the aspiring entrepreneur who says they want to start their own business, the most difficult question to answer is “what do you want to do?” It’s evident that being a business owner requires a great amount of passion, commitment, and of course, hard work!

    Choosing an industry for your business is a big commitment and it will certainly stir up some fear and anxiety on whether you’ll be successful in the long run. Finding what you are truly passionate about isn’t as easy as it sounds.

    Many hopeful business owners think that turning their hobbies into a business is a good idea, however, you could be turning what used to be relaxing into a new stressor.

    So now when you get asked the question, “What do you want to do?” you can answer with ease using the startup guide for the aspiring entrepreneur.

    Find your purpose

    Sounds like a pretty deep task but finding your passion and purpose will create a strong foundation for your business. While your passions may be your hobbies, consider how your skills in another niche interest can translate into a startup business.

    Start out by brainstorming some things that you are passionate about. For those who are passionate about the environment, creating a consulting or marketing service for a green initiative could be a successful start. Just think about your interests and apply them to a service or product that can improve our daily lives.

    Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big

    The most successful entrepreneurs can vouch that dreaming big and setting goals is the key to success. It’s important not to get discouraged by failure and always maintain a positive attitude along the way.

    In fact, having a pessimistic outlook on your business can create a toxic work environment, which will eventually put a damper on your motivation. Remember that a successful business takes time and just focus on why you’re dedicated to the business in the first place.

    Find the Best Tools for your Business

    Many business owners today are using numerous tools and apps like Quickbooks, MailChimp, and SalesForce to run their business smoothly. The best way to find out which tools work for your business is to experiment with apps that have worked for other like-minded entrepreneurs.

    Connect with small business owners and discover the latest innovative technology at the Small Business Expo. For aspiring entrepreneurs near the San Francisco Bay Area, September 17th will be a great opportunity to meet small business experts and vendors who can guide you through your business endeavors.

    To register for free, click the Small Business Expo 2015 link, mark the date on your calendar and prepare to immerse yourself among the top minds in the Bay Area!

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