As an entrepreneur, you have access to all kinds of resources on the internet. You can find software that will help you run your business and make accounting easy, DIY tools to help you design a logo, and even legal help through websites. Despite all of the incredible resources available online, some of the best resources available are other entrepreneurs.
Especially when you’re just getting started, talking with and getting guidance from other entrepreneurs is crucial. You can get tips and learn lessons that will save you a lot of time, trial, and error down the road. You can get input on your venture to help you make your business even stronger. One particular entrepreneur that all others can learn from is The Points Guy.
Bryan Kelly, a.k.a. The Points Guy, is the CEO and founder of The Points Guy (travel website and business) which started out as a travel blog and grew to become one of the biggest global influencers in the industry. Kelly helped his dad book travel when he was young and had a keen understanding of points and rewards and how to redeem them.
As he got older, he started a career on Wall Street. While there, he decided to launch The Points Guy and pursue his passion of traveling on a budget, finding great deals, and sharing them with the world. Today, The Points Guy website has 5.2 million unique visitors every month and more than 2.2 million followers on social media.
Throughout his career, both on Wall Street and as an entrepreneur starting a travel blog, Kelly has had a lot of experience and learned a lot of lessons. Here are some of the lessons all entrepreneurs can learn from him.
1. There will always be something to hold you back
Kelly’s career on Wall Street offered him security. It probably offered him a paycheck that allowed him to live comfortably, too. Making a jump from Wall Street warrior to blogger and entrepreneur was scary, but he didn’t let that fear stop him. There will always be something that will hold you back—money, security, or sometimes both.
If you let fear get in the way, you’ll never make progress.
2. It’s never too late to get started
Kelly had already established a career when he decided he wanted a change. Although the market was saturated and many people told him it was too late, he didn’t listen. He tells people that it’s never too late, you just have to keep things in perspective and find the appropriate platform.
People always regret not starting sooner, but they never seem to say they wish they had waited.
3. Your gut is smarter than you give it credit for
Intuition is a powerful thing. When Kelly decided to quit his job, there may not have been much logic to it, but he listened to his gut. You may fail, but that’s okay. Try to learn from your failures.
4. “Crazy” isn’t a bad thing
Kelly says when people tell you that you’re crazy, it means you’re onto something. There are always going to be people who doubt you and lack confidence in your ability to bring your dream to life, but that just means you’re on the right track and you shouldn’t give up yet.
5. You need to be strategic
Entrepreneurship can be hard, so being strategic can help you make the most of it and work your way to success sooner. For example, Kelly always recommends credit cards that give you rewards or points and recommends you actually use them. This can help you save on travel, earn cash back, and more. With so many credit cards out there, why not choose one that will reward you?
6. You need to put yourself first
As an entrepreneur, you are your business. Big corporations aren’t looking out for you—you’re the only one looking out for yourself. You need to make sure you put yourself first. Take time for yourself, and make sure you take care of yourself.
That doesn’t mean you should take luxury vacations and enjoy high-end spa days every other week, but it does mean you should know your limits and make sure you keep everything balanced as best you can.
7. Always vacation in the off-season
Part of putting yourself first is making sure you take time off to enjoy a vacation every now and then. As an expert in travel, Kelly recommends you always vacation in the off-season. He says, “Last minute travel is great because though prices tend to rise for paying customers, airlines open up seats for rewards customers because they’d rather have people fill [them up].”
Entrepreneurship can be tough, but you’re not alone. With all the resources available online and support from other entrepreneurs like The Points Guy, you can easily learn lessons, grow professionally, and develop your business.
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