I’ve met a lot of people over the years who wanted to go solo and who struggled with just getting started.

Many, when they summoned up the courage to take that first leap into entrepreneurship, found success did not always come as easily as they’d hoped.

It’s really important to keep in mind that progress is more important than perfection.

Don’t allow yourself to get so bogged down in the pursuit of perfection that you lose track of where you are or where you’re going.

Stay focused and keep moving forward.

If you feel yourself spinning out of control, watch out for these four roadblocks that send a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs down into the ditch.


Make a plan


Put together a business plan.

Keep it simple, straightforward.

It doesn’t have to be a massive book of instructions.

Do the groundwork.

Start off by researching the type of business you want to start.

Decide on whose business you’d like to emulate.

Find out more about them, their market, and their customers.

There is no need to reinvent the wheel –  do not waste your precious time or effort in creating something that already exists.


Find a mentor


Do yourself a favour … don’t go it alone.

Finding a mentor is one of the most powerful assets you can have in life and in business.

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely affair.

You will reach your destination a lot quicker if you have a trusted ally to help you navigate your way through the maze of bumps and potholes.


Always be marketing


From the flagfall design a way for getting the word out and creating awareness of your business.

Do not wait until your first source of business dries up before you get the help you need.

You have to keep the pipeline filled or you run the risk of falling prey to the feast and famine phenomenon.


Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset


As an entrepreneur you need to say goodbye to your old 9-5 mindset.

One of the main reasons many of us become entrepreneurs is for more flexibility.

However, hard work and perseverance is required, especially in the early stages.

Success will require sacrifice, so you need to prioritise your time and your responsibilities.

Do not drive yourself too hard.

To operate at peak performance you need to take care of yourself mentally and physically.

Be sure to take time out regularly to boost and replenish your energy.


Commit unconditionally


As soon as you set off on your entrepreneurial journey commit fully to making it happen, no matter what gets thrown into your path.

You must have the passion and the drive to turn your dream into a reality if you stand any chance of being successful.