Nobody goes into business alone, even if you're a solopreneur. At every stage of your journey, there are people who have come before you who can offer their advice and expertise to help you succeed. We asked a group of entrepreneurs to share the best business advice they've received, and here's what they had to say:

 

#1 Work on paying yourself first

 

 

So many start out not paying themselves to get their business up and running. It is hard to get a business off the ground but it’s even harder when you have no income coming in. Work with a professional to discover ways to pay yourself first so you can build a more sustainable business. 

 

Even in the early stages of your business. Structure your whole business around paying yourself, and your team a thriving wage. When you take this approach, your business decisions become more simple.  And your pricing and identifying your ideal clients becomes easier to figure out. It's the same as putting on your oxygen mask first before tending to others. When you have a good life, and more than enough to share with others, you show up with energy, drive, and enthusiasm in your business. And that makes all the difference.”

 

-Ean Price Murphy, Founder & Co-Owner of Moxie Bookkeeping and Coaching

 

#2 Operate in your flow

 

It is in your best interests to put yourself into a position that will enable you to be more productive. When you're in your flow, you're more likely to be successful at the things you're doing. So find a way of working that feels good for you and stick with it, especially if you're a solopreneur or a small business owner who has to wear many hats.

 

The best business advice I ever received was to operate in my flow. I became more aware of what I needed to do in my business and what I needed help with. It also helped me become aware of when I needed to work versus rest or even when I needed to pivot in an area. This put me in a position to be able to be my best, produce my best work, and only work with the clients that are aligned with the services I provide.”

 

-Malikah Greene, Financial Freedom Guide from Dream by Mal

 

#3 Ask for help

 

There are always new things to learn about your industry, target market, and even yourself. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, always be learning. With fast-paced technological developments taking place, we can never remain in the same place.

 

"Stay curious! Never stop learning, applying, and growing in your own business. Whenever you run into a problem ask for help or find resources related to the issue either through books, by searching online, or by reading articles. When you continue applying yourself you'll learn new skills which will help fuel your growth. The most important part of running a successful business is being open-minded and flexible. Be willing to pivot if necessary, and take calculated risks that align with your goals."

 

-Luciana Torous, Owner of 3 Leaf Tea

 

#4 Everyone has different perspectives

 

In business, you'll come across many people with different opinions. The key is to learn how to listen to them without getting defensive. You don't have to agree with everyone, but it's essential to understand where they're coming from.

 

"The best business advice I received was from a page in Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In" where she shares that everyone has different perspectives and that is always okay. It helped me realize and understand just how unique every single part of my business is.

 

The marketing that works for me is absolutely not going to work for someone else and that's okay. This helped me to stop throwing my limited marketing dollars on what worked for others and try to actually learn the theory and principles that I can apply to my business to actualize results."

 

-Dr. Noor Ali, Expert Health Concierge

 

#5 Meet new people & create genuine connections

 

In business, your network is everything. You never know who you're going to meet or where they might be able to take you. The key is to be open and receptive to new people and new opportunities. The larger and more diverse your network is, the greater your chances of success.

 

"The best business advice I ever received is to always be open to possible opportunities and to see every interaction as a way to learn, grow, and discover needs that could affect the development of new products or your next partnership.

 

I used this advice to establish new partnerships for my businesses, to find employees and contractors, to say yes to co-authoring books with others, or to find co-authors for books I wanted to write. This advice has also landed me on TV shows, radio shows, podcasts, and in a lot of print media (either as the subject or as the writer of the articles). It has also led me to write 14 successful books and to coach dozens of others through the publishing process or business building process."

 

-Jill L. Ferguson, Founder & CEO of Creating the Freelance Career


#6 Embrace your fears

 

You'll always face challenges and obstacles no matter what business you're in. It's part of the territory. If you're not prepared to deal with them, you'll quickly struggle to stay afloat. But with the right mindset and a little bit of preparation, you can overcome anything that comes your way. So don't be discouraged when challenges pop up. Embrace them as opportunities to grow and become even more successful.

 

"Fear, like all feelings, is there to guide you to your truth. Entrepreneurship is crazy-scary because it calls you to put yourself out there and let others see you, especially including your mistakes and missed opportunities. The great hero's journey of successfully owning a business requires that you notice your fears and find aligned ways to stay in the magnetic energy of taking consistent action in service to your dreams."

 

-April Frazier, Confidence Coach from FRWD Coaching Group

 

#7 Change your mindset

 

As an entrepreneur, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and set aside the time to focus on improving our mental wellbeing and mindset. But if we want to be successful in business, it's essential to make our mental health a priority. After all, our thoughts can help shape our reality.

 

"The best business advice I received was, "Your business will only grow to the level you grow." My entry into business ownership was fraught with fear, doubt, and second-guessing. It felt as if everyone knew more than me. And I was constantly bombarded with unrequested advice that left me confused and unsure of my decisions. I learned to take my focus off trying to be successful in business and began focusing on quieting my mind. Business growth and success must first happen in your mind. Your mentality (thoughts) will always be your reality (life). And the only way to change your business and life is to first change your mind!"

 

-Meshell Baker, Sales & Confidence Igniter from Meshell Baker Enterprises

 

These seven pieces of advice for entrepreneurs offer a variety of guidance to help you on your journey. Whether it’s paying yourself first, operating in your flow, or embracing your fears, these tips can help you shift your mindset and succeed. Which piece of advice resonates most with you? What will you do today to get started on your entrepreneurial journey?

 

 

This article was written in partnership with getWise - a technology platform that provides on-demand expert advice for small businesses and women to accelerate their business or career.