Being an entrepreneur requires the willingness to take risks. Be it physically, mentally or even financially, transitioning from being an employee in a comfortable corporate lifestyle to an entrepreneur on the pursuit of hard-earned success can be very difficult.

More Millenials effervescently embark and pursue their own business venture as they are less afraid to stray from the comfortability that a corporate position entails. There will be plenty of trials and tribulations, therefore, having the right mindset will help ensure that your risk-taking will be very rewarding.

Here are some tips on how you can switch up your mindset from employee to entrepreneur:

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Reflect on Your Goals and Vision Daily

An entrepreneurial mindset requires a person to be committed to a very specific goal. Allowing an individual to take the necessary actions to make sure that you achieve this vision.

However, success is not just a climb to the top. It involves many burdens that people do not see. As we try to get through said difficulties, the vision seemingly becomes further away. Therefore, it instils feelings of frustration, doubt and inconfidence in a budding entrepreneur.

Therefore, it is vital to focus and narrow down your vision and goals every single day. Be it in the morning, lunchtime or even before you sleep – remember what you are working towards 24/7. Having a vision board or a diary can also help you get through rainy days. Ensure that your determination does not flail by reminding yourself why you’re doing this in the first place, every single day.

Over time, it will become a habit.

Discover Your Niche

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Pursuing your passion is always the top priority. However, it is also good to do your research before diving head first into a competitive marketplace.

To ensure that your business will do good in your chosen industry, you must find your product and/or service’s unique selling point (USP). Weigh the pros and cons if you delve into the market by analysing your existing competitors as well as your potential customers. 

Identify Your Skills & Expertise and Use it to Your Advantage

Playing to your strengths will always help you, come what may. In the business world, combining your skills, passions and talents can help you succeed and ensure that your business is able to go the long way.

If you are a great cook, why not set up a restaurant business? If you are exemplary at organising events, why not found an event management agency? The business world is so vast, there are many marketplaces you can delve into. So do not feel as if you are restricted into just one corporate lifestyle (unless that is your strength). Discover what you are good at and work on it.

After all, if you choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Scale your business

“Go big or go home,” another phrase we’ve heard plenty, used in different situations. However, setting up a business must be a meticulous step-by-step process to ensure that it will survive and grow constantly.

Establishing which developmental stage your business is at, will help you decide on which necessary actions you would need to do.  Usually, the early stages are the most crucial in a business, therefore, careful planning and consideration will aid you indefinitely.

It’s difficult to make a startup work, but more and more people are giving it a go. If you’re a budding business mogul, take these tips on board. 

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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