Leaving your comfort zone and a fixed salary, to venture into the world of unknown, what according to you were the toughest challenges, situations you faced, or the toughest decisions you made?
Discovering the importance of having a good partner.
Negativity of people inc family that why why why? It is almost they did not want you to succeed. They were waiting for you to fail. At some point i decided to venture away and never looked back. Always believe in yourself no matter where life takes you.
Uniqueness is what differentiate one from the rest and gives you a personal identity. Attaining this has been the most difficult thing to present. We tend to imitate others so as to have security of " doing this how they are suppose to be done to guarantee success"
Well I started this app development company Agicent back in 2010, and the biggest challenges were at both personal and business ends, and the latter ones are most important. They range from team building to initial financing, then sales, then first office space, and now everyday things. Challenges never end anyways, you win one and the next ones are already in the line.
A good thing aspect of my business so far is that even our customers are mostly startups and early entrepreneurs, and it offers a great opportunity to us also to keep learning and inspiring upon.
Despite all challenges and opportunities, its been a fun journey so far , its what we chose to be in, it's entrepreneurship!
Being an entrepreneur later in life meant that I had gotten into a mindset of "being a techie". that was what I did. Almost everything as an entrepreneur required me to unlearn that pattern of behaviour. I was not just a techie - I was guiding other techies and finding the resources to keep them going.
Entering a whole new world. The most scary thing is probably the fact that my vision is by far - much bigger than me - Passion and determination is keeping me going. Entering into financial commitments is another pretty scary scenario.....
Finding my market. There are so many marketing tactics to reach a person, it's hard to find the first foothold that you can put some money into & yield leads. Complicating this is that everyone else has access to those same marketing tactics, so you have a lot of competition for a person's time. It requires a lot of testing too. For example:
You have to do this for several marketing tactics concurrently, the whole time spending money. It tests a founder's bank account, creativity, & enthusiasm.