How To Stay Alert And Aware As An Entrepreneur

What makes a successful entrepreneur? Of course, the answer to that is many different things but one of them is definitely their ability to know what is going on within their own industry, within the world of business in general and especially with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

Successful business owners keep up on what is going on and stay informed of the latest trends, market shifts and opportunities so that they can take any advantage they can get to make their business grow. So, how they stay in the loop so successfully?

#1 Successful Entrepreneurs Talk to Other Entrepreneurs

People there in business for themselves don’t exist in a vacuum. Besides their customers, suppliers and all of the other support systems that they have around their business, they also have friends and colleagues that are also entrepreneurs and keeping up with these people is one of the best ways that they have a staying informed.

Whatever the virtual water cooler happens to be of these entrepreneurs – usually a forum or social media network – they share information, give advice and keep each other updated about entrepreneurship.

#2 Successful Entrepreneurs Read (A Lot!)

One thing that you will notice about those successful in the business world is they tend to read publications, websites or even social media posts about their business – and that includes books by some of the most successful motivational authors.

The successful people like to stay informed and they like to learn new things. There is so much information on the Internet that you could spend decades learning about a subject and still not know everything about it and being as informed as possible is equal to being as successful as possible.

#3 Successful Entrepreneurs Use The Insider Intel To Improve Their Business

All this information that they gather isn’t just going to sit stagnant, either. They are going to use this information to improve their business, increase their revenue or bring in more customers. Successful entrepreneurs know when they learned something useful and work to implement it as quickly as possible.

#4 Successful Entrepreneurs Help Others Succeed Too

Another thing that you’ll see is that the more successful entrepreneurs they become, the more willing they are to help other people succeed at the same time. They have been where the budding entrepreneurs currently are and remember what it was like to enter the fray with only the basics. Most successful entrepreneurs are more than willing to share their knowledge and mentor the newbies.

How To Conduct an Outstanding Interview With Entrepreneurs

Whether conducted face-to-face, by telephone or via email, entrepreneurial interviews are becoming an increasingly popular tool to be used in the contemporary marketing campaigns. The real success stories behind the stage have always been a great source of inspiration, bringing both – powerful advertising impact and intense interest amongst business circles.

This article will give you a walk-through of what to consider when preparing an interview with an entrepreneur for your blog.

No wonder why there is increased emphasis on the pre-interview preparation. It is a tough job indeed and can be very tricky for several reasons:

• Interviews should be conducted in a way to bring added value to the public, develop entrepreneurs’ favorable repute; boosting your blog popularity and traffic. That means one thing – you need to go that extra mile, being able to deliver a memorable experience to all parties.

• All people are unique. In practice, you would come across totally polar personalities, possessing super specific traits, cherishing different values and often reacting quite controversially in any given situation. The conclusion – you would better be a behavior- based interviewer and good psychologist, then being a stereotyped one, simply following your list of questions.

• You need to devote a decent amount of time, exploring your target interviewee’s interests, recent interviews and business sector. This will give you a sober notion of his personal attitude and help you create a questionnaire, strictly corresponding to his communication manner and behavior.

• You cannot underestimate the fact that you are interviewing a famous public figure, a successful leader or reputable manager who as such, needs to be treated very respectfully.

Some tips on making the interview worthy and viral:

· Go into details with the specifics of the business you are about to delve for a successful interview. That will give you the confidence that your questions sound precise, professional and just on the spot.

· Avoid questions that could be followed by short YES/ NO answers. Except that they don’t bring any valuable information, the definitive answers have never been the looked-for result in a professional interview. Use open questions instead, aiming at provoking detailed and quality answers.

· Make sure that questions are clear and can be easily understood both by the interviewee and the audience. Appealing quotes or phrases are always a good tool to catch people’s interest from the very beginning.

· Keep the right balance between professional and friendly attitude. Tone should be amicable to certain extend but still, speech needs to be elegant and courteous.

· Select the questions considering your specific goals and target audience – they need to be engaging and deliver brain teaser answers. To be a notable one, the interview should inspire, people must have something to learn from it!

Accordingly, here are some helpful questions to ask entrepreneurs, which in terms of precision, have been divided in several groups:

1. Ice-Breaking Questions

Those kind of introductory questions are the prep-step in an interview, helping entrepreneurs feel more at ease, melting the distance and inspiring a friendlier atmosphere. That’s the ultimate trick to make them share more.

When meeting entrepreneurs for the first time, you can safely take the floor by asking:

· Let’s test your entrepreneurial intuition. What is the first question you think I am going to ask you?

· Tell me more about yourself? What kind of person are you?

· Try to describe yourself in 3 words only.

2. Standard Informative Questions

After breaking the ice, you can move forward to a series of standard questions providing general information about the company, name, headquarters, company’s vision, mission, goals, values, future projects.

Here, you can try some of these:

· Where did you get your entrepreneurial spirit? Are your parents entrepreneurs?

· What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?

· Where did the idea of your business derive from?

· How did you decide on the location for your business?

· How did you come up with the name for your company?

· Considering the fierce competition in Today’s business world, how would you highlight your company’s competitive advantages? What makes it stand out of the crowd?

· How do you handle investors and funding issues in your business?

3. Personal Questions

By asking more personal questions you are going deeper than just scratching the surface. Getting more involved in the talk, you are now bringing the interview to the next level – letting the audience become more familiar with the personal touch behind the business success.

Do not hesitate to ask some of the following question samples:

• Outline the schedule of one of your typical working day?

• What are your hidden inspiration sources? How do you generate new ideas?

• What best motivates you? How have your entrepreneurial motivations changed since you first started?

• How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?

• What’s your greatest enterpreneurial achievement to be proud of?

• What are your shortcuts to successfully handle frustration and stress?

• What book has inspired you the most? ( What is your favorite book?)

• Who is your greatest support when facing up hardships in business?

• What do you consider to be your weaknesses?

• What do you do on a daily basis to grow as an entrepreneur?

• How do you evaluate human resource factor as an inseparable part of your company success?

• What’s your way of hunting talents and building effective working teams to achieve great results?

• What are the main principles you follow to build a successful customer relations?

4. Critical Thinking Questions

Critical thinking quizzes reveal entrepreneurs’ analytical skills when solving a situation and show their ability to weigh the possible solutions before coming up with a final answer. Questions in this category are highly educational and greatly increase the degree of engagement.

Here are a couple of questions that would be beneficial to be asked:

• Do you believe there is a winning formula for becoming a successful entrepreneur? What is yours?

• What is your opinion on the following topic: Are entrepreneurs originally born as such or they are raised to be successful?

• How do you identify business opportunities and what metrics do you use to measure their viability?

• What popular entrepreneurial advice do you agree/ disagree with? Why?

• If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be and why?

• Who is the one entrepreneur to be your greatest example and inspiration?

• How would you scale the advantages and disadvantages of being entrepreneur?

• How would you rank the key 5 skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

• How do you define success?

5. Extra Value Questions

The time has come. This is where you start asking questions to provide the best entrepreneurial and business tips , lessons and advices to the audience.

If you want to bring that added value for your readers, do not hesitate to include questions as follows:

· What entrepreneurial tricks have you discovered to keep you focused and productive in your day-to-day busy schedule?

· What are your most effective methods to motivate your team for outstanding results?

· What ‘s your milestones to help you develop a stable company culture and friendly working athmosphere?

· What would you advice to the start-up entrepreneurs?

· What’s your personal manner for balancing work and life?

· Do you wisely consume your time as an entrepreneur? What key activities would you recommend entrepreneurs to invest their time in?

· Do you follow some specific self-control mechanisms to encourage you to keep walking when things are not going as smoothly as planned?

· Do you believe in destiny or do you think you can control your fate?

6. Amusing Questions

To escape a bit from the dry and monotonous business etiquette, find the right timing to fit some jokes in the tone of the discussion.

Bring some fresh air with a set of creative and funny questions such as:

· What’s your favorite quote for describing entrepreneurship?

· What’s your favorite metaphor for describing entrepreneurship?

· Are you an adventurous type of person? What’s the most exciting experience to memorize in your entrepreneurial journey?

· Top 3 places on the globe that you haven’t conquered yet but would love to?

· Top 3 websites/blogs that you can’t imagine your day without? Give your reasons.

· Top 3 mobile apps that make your work more effective?

7. ” What If ” Questions

They will help you put entrepreneurs in a funny situation and play some role scenarios. People are always curious to know what successful people would do if placed under weird circumstances and how would they react if set out of their everyday environment.

Why don’t you ask them some of the following?

· What are the 3 things you would bring with you if teleported to a desert island?

· If you had a magic stick, which are the 3 things you would change in the world?

· What is the one issue about your life experience you would alter if you had the chance to?

· If you were to write a book about yourself, how would you name it?

8. Dare to Answer Questions

Those kinds of questions are to be asked at interviewers’ own risk, since some of them could be accepted as too provocative. On the other hand they are an effective way to convert the interview into a highly rated material, while bringing popularity to both parties.

You can try with:

· Are there any missed opportunities that you wish to have leveraged?

· What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear in general?

· How do you think being an entrepreneur has turned you into a better person?

· What makes you feel out of your comfortable zone? What are your ways to handle these situations?

· Share some of your failures and the best lessons you have learned from them?

· What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?

· What was the toughest moment you have experienced in your business practice? How did you succeed to get over it and move forward?


Following those advices will guide you throughout the interview process. However, sometimes topics are naturally flowing from one to another leaving you in a chaos of thoughts so you have to be prepared to think outside “your question agenda”. In this case, you have to react fast, try to stay confident and be ready to bring more colors to the interview. Try to shape the interview more like a business dialogues rather than a boring monologue by being an active listener. Stay in motion; help entrepreneurs with extra questions if needed to keep the conversation smoothly going.

There is no general rule on the number of questions to be included in an interview. Keeping it simple and concise, often between 10 and 20 questions is a good working practice, but again, it can vary depending on the types of questions asked and the subsequent length of answers delivered. Making both entrepreneurs and public enthusiastic with the interview held, would be your best prize for being brilliant in what you do.

Employee Entrepreneur Mindset – Which One Do You Have?

What I want to talk to you about today is something that gets a lot of conversation and is tossed around a lot. That is the Employee versus Entrepreneur mindset. The problem as I see it though is that most times this topic is discussed it is not a conversation that is used to enlighten people about the different ways of thinking, but to look to convince someone what the right way of thinking is. How they should think. How they should act. What they should do. It`s usually in a manner to convince them to buy or sign up for something. Have you been there before?

To me that isn`t the point of the Employee Entrepreneur Mindset discussion; why? Because not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur and not everyone is meant to be an employee! Plain and simple! The thousands of businesses that exist today could not exist if everyone wanted to be an entrepreneur and run their own business. Conversely there has to be some entrepreneurs to start the businesses to create products and services and the livelihoods that go along with them.

What I’d like to do today is simply walk through the basics of the Employee Entrepreneur Mindset discussion and ask you questions along the way. Not questions about signing up for something, or buying something, no, just questions about do you really know what mindset you have? Or what it is that you are looking for.

I read an article today that discussed how entrepreneurs are born the way they are. That it can’t be learned, it can’t be taught, and it has to be an instinct! I am a very well read individual and that means that I’m not always going to read things that I agree with. This is one of those cases. While I agree that there are different types of entrepreneurs with different skill sets and instincts, I do not think it is something that can’t be taught. The author in my opinion, contradicted himself by saying, the “entrepreneurial instinct can be a latent one, and awoken upon seeing someone else using the skill.” To me, that is being enlightened, being educated and coming to terms with the fact that you want to be an entrepreneur. To close out my point, according to the author, mathematicians are born with the ability to differentiate second order differential equations. It is just in the years of Calculus courses that awakens their “latent” ability! Ya right!

I digress and know that you can learn to be an entrepreneur as I am living proof that it can be done. Once an engineer in the automotive industry, yes I had my “latent” ability to differentiate second order differential equations awoken somewhat reluctantly over the years, I now run a very successful multi-national organization that I have built over the past 6 years. Did I have the skills I needed? No. I learned those. Did I have the desire, and I think this is where that author made a slight mistake, it’s the desire that can’t be taught. That is the burning in your belly that motivates you to do what it takes to get the job done, regardless if you are an employee or entrepreneur. When my engineering career wasn’t getting the job done for me personally, I made the switch and here I am. Enough about me though, the question is what do you want? Do you want to be an employee or entrepreneur?

For some people the thought of being an entrepreneur scares them, where others it confuses them. It confuses them as they really don’t know what being an entrepreneur means. Simply put an entrepreneur is term applied to a person who is willing to launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome. Sounds simple right but let me tell you don’t under estimate the simplicity of that definition.

What are the criteria that you should use to understand if becoming an entrepreneur is really what you want to do? As an individual who has gone through this change already, and having helped many others do the same thing, the following 5 items are what I feel are the key factors you should look at:

Your current level of satisfaction

How badly do you want to change? Are the items that you want to change situational based or more systemic in that they are all encompassing (i.e. need to generate more income). Can you pin point where the dissatisfaction is coming from. This soul searching can be very revealing so pay attention to what you discover!

The effort that you put into this will pay off in the end that much I guarantee. You will get a true understanding of what you “Why” is, and that will lead you to what you need to do. It may tell you that being an entrepreneur is not right for you and that just a simple job change is all you need. Great! That just saved you a lot of time and possibly money. However if you see that becoming an entrepreneur is really what you want, having your “Why” clear in your mind will make you unstoppable!

Your Personality

This is not about being an introvert versus an extrovert, this is more your risk tolerance. What types of risks are you willing to take? Are you the kind of person that is OK with looking at yourself in the mirror and knowing that you and only you are responsible for your success? To be disciplined enough to do the tasks that are required every day to build your business? Are you motivated by more than just money? While most successful entrepreneurs are wealthy, very few of them started simply because of the desire to earn more money.

Remember that money as a motivator will not work. As an entrepreneur your first few months may not generate a lot of money, and if money is the only motivator, the lack of it coming in may get you discouraged quickly and start to doubt your resolve! The number one entrepreneur killer, self-doubt!


Being an entrepreneur requires you to obviously plan and run your new business venture, but what a lot of people forget to pay attention to is their personal lives! This is where your planning comes in. You have to be able to run your new venture, and yes, it will take up the majority of your time when you first start. If it doesn’t something is wrong! You may not think so at the time, but before you know it your business is not growing, it’s not producing, and the money is not coming in!

You have to be able to work with your loved ones to create the proper balance. To know that there will be sacrifices made in order to get the business off the ground, and then as the months go by and you get more efficient at your business, maybe even hire a few employees, your time is not so crunched and you start to see the fruits of your labor.


Yes this is always a must! You need to have this in order to start your business venture. Now how much financing is required? Well that depends on the type of business that you are looking to get started in. It could be anything from a few hundred dollars to start a home based network marketing business part-time, to a few hundred thousand dollars to start a franchise, to an unknown amount to bring a new product or service to market. Either way, you will have to know and understand what the amount your business venture will need to be financed so you can put together your plan of action.


So now that items 1 through 4 are in order and ready, the last step is to get it going, to start, to take that first step, crawl outside of your comfort zone, walk into the world of being an entrepreneur and run at full speed and never, ever quit! That’s right… that one of the secrets… that one of the reasons why the very first thing that I always ask people who tell me they want to be entrepreneurs is “How bad do you want it?” Their level of commitment will pay off when they hit their inevitable speed bumps, and roadblocks along the their journey to success! Enough metaphors? I’m thinking the same thing…

All metaphors aside it is very empowering knowing that you are never going to quit. Instead of using a metaphor I’m going to use an example. The level of commitment that you need to have to be a successful entrepreneur is similar to the dedication and commitment that you have to your children. Those 2 AM feedings, followed by being woken up at 3AM because someone got sick, or spending all night with them until a fever breaks without ever thinking, I quit, someone else can do this, this isn’t for me. Think about that commitment to your kids, and I apologize if you don’t have any, but that level of commitment is on the same level of what you need to have to be a successful entrepreneur.

My intention here is not to scare anyone away from being an entrepreneur. I know the benefits. I understand the changes that I had to make in my life to be successful doing what I’m doing. My goal is simply to bring the information to the fore front of your mind, so if you are thinking about making a change, about changing from an employee to an entrepreneur, you clearly understand what is involved. You can do this given this is something that you truly want.

Remember that there is no one that knows you better than you. Be truthful to yourself and to your wants, and the answer and direction to take will be made clear you.