Wow did this summer go by quickly. In less than two weeks my oldest son will be heading to Middle School. We're spending these last days of summer preparing for school by shopping, finishing up summer homework and trying to get him to bed at a decent hour.
Getting him ready to go “back to school” got me to thinking about how learning is something you should never stop doing. Especially when you're an entrepreneur! (I love to learn anything and everything.)
Time is a precious commodity to entrepreneurs so the question becomes when do we find the time? Here are a few tips to help you find the time to keep learning all year long.
1. Schedule time each week
Learning has to become an obsession or habit. What’s an easy way to help build a habit? Schedule it!
2. Read, Read, & Read
Find blogs, websites, and books that help you become a better person and entrepreneur. Here are a few ideas:
Entrepreneur.com– Great site for helpful articles and interviews with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs.
Inc.com– Contains information about anything from start-ups to management.
Crush it!by Gary Vaynerchuk – Definitely a must read for anyone interested in building their personal brand.
All Business– Covers how-to advice, analysis, and commentary from experts in all areas of business.
How To Change the World– Guy Kawasaki speaks to entrepreneurs giving eager business owners advice from his own experience, along with much-needed reality checks.
Small Biz Survival– Becky McCray, self-described “small town entrepreneur,” digs into her own successes, failures, and small-town-entrepreneur experiences.
3. Find Mentors
There is no better way to learn than from someone who has lived it. Most people will be willing to help someone who is just starting out. They see it as a chance to save someone from making the same mistakes they did. Also, connect with entrepreneurs from many different fields and that can pick apart your business. You want them finding every hole possible. This will help you in the long run.
You don't have to contact a particular entrepreneur to have them as a mentor. For instance…
- Try and learn everything you can about them online.
- Subscribe to their YouTube channel.
- Subscribe to their RSS feed for their blogs.
- Find and listen to every interview and speaking engagement they’ve ever done.
What do you read? Please share your thoughts, feedbacks and recommendations. I always appreciate it.
Thank you so much for reading!
Susan Mershon is a Technology Coach & Trainer who's passion is mentoring and training startup entrepreneurs in the technology they need to run their business.
Susan started The Techie Mentor after several of her Virtual Assistant clients asked for mentoring and training on software they use every day to run their business. She quickly realized startups and solopreneurs should at minimum have the confidence and knowledge to be self-sufficient when it comes to the technology they rely on.