The new year is approaching quite fast. It won’t be long until people begin setting their new year’s resolutions. I always find it interesting to learn what goals people plan on setting for themselves in the year to come.

If you are an entrepreneur, your new year’s resolution may be something along the lines of improving the success of your business. If you’re not currently an entrepreneur, perhaps your resolution may be to take the first step of the journey to owning your own business. On the other hand, your new year’s resolution may have nothing to do with business.

However, if you have decided that your goal for the next year is going to either be to improve your business or become an entrepreneur, there are some simple pieces of advice that you should follow.

Check out these tips and guidelines for being an entrepreneur in 2017…

1. Learn To Take Calculated Risks

It’s hard to get anywhere as an entrepreneur if you are not willing to take risks. Taking risks is an essential part of being an entrepreneur. However, that’s not to say that you should jump into something head first without first checking the depth of the water.

Learn how to calculate risk versus reward. This will help you determine which risks are worth taking and which ones should be left alone.

2. Answer Questions On Social Boards

Answering the questions of other entrepreneurs is a great way to show off your knowledge to others. The more knowledge you share with others, the more professional and competent you will appear. In the world of entrepreneurship, competence, knowledge and professionalism are everything.

3. Give Cold Emailing A Try

If you don’t currently cold mail for your business, you may want to give it a try. While cold mailing may be a bit of a hassle, it can lead to new leads as well as new business relationships.

4. Network With Everyone That You Can

The days of being able to be a lone wolf while achieving success in the world of business are over. These days, it is an absolute must to network with others, especially when it comes to those who are trying to get their own business off the ground.

5. Listen To Credible Advice From Others

Taking advice from others can be extremely beneficial for entrepreneurs, especially when it comes to advice that is given by someone who is higher on the ladder of success than you are. However, it is important to keep in mind the fact that not all advice is good advice. Learn how to take to heart the advice that will be beneficial and take what it not as a grain of salt.

6. Keep An Idea Journal

It’s important for entrepreneurs to constantly come up with new and innovative ways to improve the performance of their business. The last thing you want to do is come up with a great idea only to forget it a few minutes later. Purchase a small journal and keep it with you. Each time you have an idea, write it down. It will only take you a minute and it will save you from the frustration and time consumption that trying to recover a lost idea causes.

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