Being an Entrepreneur

So, you want to become an Entrepreneur? In order to become one you first need to be self-aware and have the courage to accept your fate as an entrepreneur. A true entrepreneur is not afraid to fail, he knows that there will always be bumps in the road and that he must learn from those experiences. Being an entrepreneur includes having a vision, being passionate about your product or service and being willing to put in the time and effort to make it succeed. In order to do these, you must first know what it is that you want to become and then take the necessary actions to make it a reality.

What does it take to become an entrepreneur? Well, for starters you must decide that you are willing to work hard, especially long hours and that you are committed to making your business work. If you are someone who loves to work, then being an entrepreneur is probably right for you. However, being an entrepreneur also requires you to be realistic about what you expect out of your work life balance. As with anything in life you will need to set goals and then work hard to achieve them.

Anyone can dream of being an entrepreneur but in order to become successful that dream must become a reality. Being an entrepreneur requires you to have a strong work ethic. You must also be highly organized, someone who can delegate tasks and responsibilities, someone who can motivate others to follow their lead and someone who can keep his or her staff on task. If you can manage to juggle all of these duties effectively, then you are well on your way to becoming a successful business owner.

In order to be successful as a business owner, you must be willing to take the time to manage your business. Many people assume that they can just open a business and call the shots. This is only true if the business owner is willing to delegate key responsibilities and duties to his staff. Successful entrepreneurs know that the key to running a business is to delegate so that they can spend time doing the things that really matter to the business. If you are looking to become an entrepreneur, you must also be willing to delegate and be responsible for the daily operations of the company.

Another key ingredient to becoming an entrepreneur work from home entrepreneur is being extremely self-motivated. It takes a great deal of motivation and drive to be able to start a new business or grow an existing business. As a business owner you get to set your own schedule so you must be willing to work whenever and wherever it is appropriate for you. Part of being a successful entrepreneur is being self-employed so you need to be flexible and willing to adapt to changes.

Finally, being an entrepreneur work from home is not for everyone. If you are not committed to doing your best and trying your hardest, then you will fail. Entrepreneurship is about taking control of your destiny and making the most of opportunities. If you are not willing to put in the effort and be committed to building your business from the ground up then you will likely fail as a business owner.

The top 5 must-read books for entrepreneurs

If you’re just starting out in the world of business, it’s important to understand that not every day is the same – some days you’ll be bursting with innovative ideas and the next you could find yourself lacking inspiration. Reading is a great way to overcome these problems; by immersing yourself in the words of other business owners, you can gain valuable knowledge and insight. Where The Trade Buys, who supply casebound books, take a look at the top five must-read books for entrepreneurs in 2019: 

  1. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

If you need to learn from someone who describes himself as his own boss, this book penned by Chris Guillebeau will do the job. The full title of this read is actually: The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More — so if you fancy living by those rebellious rules and make money at the same time, pick up this book on your next trip to the store.

Guillebeau doesn’t like to follow convention, or what we’re expected to do to please our parents. He advises that you no longer need to work nine-to-five to pay your mortgage, send your kids to school and book that trip abroad. You can set up and set sail on your own terms! 

In this read, you’ll also discover some key insights from big players in business who started their company with $100 or less. Who knows, you might feature in v2 of this book!

  1. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Although you shouldn’t mirror your success to another entrepreneur, this read is perfect to understand how Ben Horowitz built his fortune from the ground up. You’ll learn more about his time co-founding the capital firm Andreesen Horowitz and running it, as well as selling, buying, managing and investing in other technology firms around the world.

From this read, you’ll receive practical advice and tips on a range of different corporate issues. This includes firing executives, putting your company on the market, poaching staff as well as clearing any misinterpretation from your staff members. Once you’ve read this one, you’ll be excited to hear that his second book What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture will be released in October 2019.

  1. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston

Although this book was released in 2001, the stories within it will be inspiring for all of time. Written by Jessica Livingston, the book is a collection of interviews with famous technology moguls which poses questions about their early entrepreneurial years and the challenges they faced.

We know you’re wondering which icons are featured in this read, and we don’t mind telling you! Expect to hear the tales of Steve Wozniak from Apple, Caterina Fake from Flickr, Mitch Kapor from Lotus, Max Levchin from PayPal and Sabeer Bhatia from Hotmail. Your mind will be blown away by their approach to business — from fleshing out an idea with their friends, capturing investors and building a multi-million-pound company.

  1. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Daniel Lyons

You’ve probably heard of this one, but never got the chance to give it a read. The Los Angeles Times actually stated that this read was “the best book on the Silicon Valley”. Although it was released back in 2016, it’s just as relevant to its audience today and is heavily entertaining.

You might not learn a lot about how to launch a start-up, but it does cover the ups and downs of the authors work life which is incredibly interesting. Although we don’t give you any spoilers, on one Friday morning, he received a call from his boss who told him that his job no longer existed — this just shows the everchanging landscape of the corporate world and how you need to keep up with the times!

  1. Zero to One by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

If you enjoy learning from the top dogs in business, this book is actually penned by a PayPal co-founder who was also an early Facebook investor, Peter Thiel, with the help of COO Blake Masters. The book is a condensed and updated version of online notes taken by Masters for the CS183 class on startups taught by Thiel at Stanford University. 

At its core, the book is all about optimism for the future and how innovation is key. It also discusses how we “live in an age of technological stagnations, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice” and that progression is key to success. Although the book has sold 2.5 million worldwide since its release in 2012, the original notes taken by Blake are available on his website.

A Brief Biography of George Mountbatten

The Mountbatten family is a European dynasty originating from a branch of the German Royal Battenberg family.

The name Mountbatten, was adopted during World War I by family members residing in the UK as a result of anti-German sentiment amongst the British public. Mountbatten is nowadays known throughout England as one of the noblest names in the land. George Ivar Louis was born on the 6th June 1961, the future heir head of his famed house. Continue reading “A Brief Biography of George Mountbatten”

Substance Abuse And The White Collar Business World

Though awareness has risen substantially within the past ten years, substance abuse in the white collar business world is often overlooked and underestimated. Drug and alcohol abuse is typically associated with the “lower” class and “paupers” of society. Continue reading “Substance Abuse And The White Collar Business World”

Manish Chande: a success story

“It can take years to build integrity but one small slip and it’s gone. A major error of judgement can be forgiven – a lapse of integrity never.” Continue reading “Manish Chande: a success story”

A look at Tiki Barber’s “Thuzio”


For most people, Tiki Barber will forever be known for his exploits on the football field. The New York Giants running back holds the franchise record for most rushing yards and is a member of the exclusive 10,000 rushing yards club. However, he has also enjoyed plenty of success in the commercial world since hanging up his cleats in 2006.

Continue reading “A look at Tiki Barber’s “Thuzio””

The Pros and Cons of a White Label Business

The term “white label” has its origins in the music industry, where record companies would send radio DJs records with blank, generic labels before they were released to the public. Today, the phrase is typically used to refer to instances where goods are produced by a company only to have another business rebrand them as their own. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of a White Label Business”

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