I published this piece a while back on my Way to Grow blog. It gets so many visits, I decided it’s worth repeating verbatim here, because it is very apropo to first year entrepreneurs:
Maybe you didn’t start a business with a burning desire to do it your way? Susan Urquhart-Brown, founder of Career Steps Consulting, wrote a useful book, “The Accidental Entrepreneur“, for those who never expected to be self-employed. This easy-to-read book is packed with good information for new intentional entrepreneurs, too, especially for “solopreneurs”. For example, many can learn from:
Chapter 35 – How to Warm Up to Cold Calls – Sales is critical to every business, and it doesn’t come easily to many new entrepreneurs. The tips in this chapter are useful to any business starter
Chapter 39 – Hire Wisely the First Time – When you’ve mastered Chapter 35 and built more business than you can handle, follow the tips in this chapter to hire people to help you.
Sound like a lot of chapters? This tightly edited book has short, concise sections. You could read it front-to-back or pick it up in the middle. Urquhart-Brown is a career coach who began as an accidental entrepreneur herself and has gathered these nuggets from her own experience and that of clients and colleagues. A worthwhile read.