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Gaining credibility in the beginning is key to long term success as an entrepreneur
In todays world, if you don't have credibility you won't survive long as an entrepreneur. When you have something you need done whether it's get something plumbing related or a task you need done on your website, you're going to look over reviews of people you want to hire before you exchange anything. Establishing credibility in the beginning can increase your chances of being successful sooner than later.
You always want to select a credible business when you're doing something for yourself, so why wouldn't you try to build your own credibility? The power of getting positive reviews anywhere you can online will help your business close deals before the client even contacts you
Stop talking and listen
A lot of younger, or new, entrepreneurs feel that they need to prove themselves in the eyes of their potential clients or business partners. They try to come off as more experienced than they really are and that's never a good thing if you're talking to someone who knows what you're trying to talk about. If you're young you don't have to worry if you don't know all the answers, people will understand that you don't know everything because you just don't have the same amount of experience.
When you decide to listen more instead of opening you mouth and hoping to put together some words that make sense, you will gain much more respect from your elders and business partners. You can learn a vast amount of knowledge when you stop talking because they people who actually know their stuff will have more time to explain things. This will only strengthen your own credibility because you will build great business connections and also learn from them so that the next time you do talk, you will be correct
Learn from experience
If you're just starting out, you won't have much experience and that's never a good thing, but it will change. The good thing is that you haven't hurt anyones websites, broken anything or made any mistakes yet
Now if you have made some mistakes, I hope they haven't been career killers. Usually when you're starting off you can make some mistakes, and you need to learn from them. If you aren't learning from your mistakes you won't make it far in any business.
Choose the right industry
If you're staring off in an industry where there are already a massive amount of experts, you're fighting an uphill battle. You'll have to price your service or products cheaper than your competitors so that your potential customers will give you a chance in order to save some money. If your product or service is top notch, your clients will be extremely happy that they got it for such a great deal.
If you're starting up in a new industry, you're going to be on a level playing field with everyone else, so make waves
Not only will you be on a level playing field, you will be more confident because you're not coming in late and fighting through all the competition to take the crown. You're in a race to be the best and get crowned by everyone
You'll need to be professional
When you're just starting out, you can be considered more credible than some of the people have been in your industry for years. You can start off on the right foot and be professional with everyone and help anyone you can, and your credibility will overtake those who were suppose to be the real professionals in your niche.
Being professional comes in many forms. It could be due to the way you dress every day when you go into work or meet up with clients. It could be how you talk to the people interested in your services or products (email or in person). When you do everything right, it doesn't matter if you just started or if you've been in the industry for years, you'll be taken more professionally and that will gain you credibility over time.
Think quality and not "buy low, sell high"
It really doesn't matter how long you've been in a specific industry, if your services or products are horrible, you will be considered a source that isn't credible and you will lose respect.
If you're focused solely on your profits and you're sourcing everything you can from China, you will likely be told that your services and products are no good. When I sell something, physical or digital, I will always focus on quality rather than something I can get for cheap. By doing this I will always get a positive response from my clients and I'll never hear "This is just a cheap knock off!"
It doesn't matter if you're a young entrepreneur or someone that just retired and trying to start something for a second income, if you follow what I said above you can become credible in a short amount of time. Focus on your business and make it the best you possibly can, this will help out a ton later on in a couple years because all of your hard work is basically logged online in the form of happy customers saying kind words about you.
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