How do I cope with being viewed as ignorant as an entrepreneur?

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose. I am a speaker and author. I am an expert in time and project management.

I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn new technology or train their staff. I have a knack for turning big ideas into on time and profitable projects.

At the end of the day, I transform the way you run your business into a business you love to run.

Today’s comment came from a busy professional:

How do I cope with being viewed as ignorant as an entrepreneur?

As a first time entrepreneur, how do I cope with people’s first reaction that I am ‘ignorant’ when discussing my plans to start my own venture?

All first time entrepreneurs are inexperienced when it comes to starting their own business. That’s just a fact of life. This is the wrong question in general.

Your focus should be on “How can I be a successful entrepreneur – on my first time out?” And that starts with clarity of your own vision, mission and purpose. That starts with a clear and well-thought out business plan. Focus on the steps required to start a successful business – and everything else will work itself out. Place your attention and energy where it will do the most good. is a free resource for start-ups. They offer How-to Resources, Tools, Templates and even Mentors to help your small business succeed.

Other things to consider:

· Surround yourself with mentors and experts that have already accomplished what you want to accomplish with your business

· Work with a business coach to assist you in your business plan, vision and marketing strategies

· Acknowledge the SWSWSW-Next (Some Will, Some Won’t, So What – Next) mantra. This means that there will be some people that want your services, some people won’t, so what (don’t worry about it). Just go on to the NEXT person.

· Continue to master your field and start filling in your “skills gaps”.

· If you are speaking in front of a large group, acknowledge the question and invite to discuss the details off-line or after the presentation. Then schedule a one-on-one follow-up meeting with that person.

o This gives you a chance to do some additional research later AND find out more about their individual needs. This way you can come up with an individualized solution for that person.

· Don’t allow your EGO to jeopardize this opportunity. You don’t have to have all the answers, right at that moment. It’s okay to say something like:

o I design all of my client’s marketing/business plan based upon their business model, industry competitiveness, and the factors listed above. There is no “one size fits all” business plan and, therefore, it would be hard for me to lay out a full fee rate for your specific needs.

o Let’s setup a separate Discovery Call, so that I can better understand your unique situation, so that I can recommend your next best step.

· Don’t be in such a hurry to answer. Allow the client to fully express themselves. The more they talk, the more you can get in-tuned with their language, their frustrations, what they say their need and even what they really need.

I know your situation is different. Why don’t we schedule an appointment, where I get to know more about your unique situation? And then I will be happy to make recommendations on what your best steps are moving forward. To schedule an appointment, book it HERE.

With enough notice, it would be my honor to guest-speak at no cost to your group organization.

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