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Deciding to take the plunge and start a business is one of the most frightening and exciting experiences for any entrepreneur. As a financial entrepreneur, I knew how competitive the industry can be even before I started my first business. Given how crowded and killer the market can get, here are my seven tips for first-time financial entrepreneurs to help them differentiate.

1. Be adaptable

Adaptability is one of the most important qualities that first-time financial entrepreneurs need to nurture. Regardless of the industry, adaptability is a crucial element for all entrepreneurs.

As an entrepreneur, there are variables we can control and variables we cannot control. Financial entrepreneurs must be able to turn around at any time. There are ideas that we expect to work well but actually require some adjustments that take the business plan down a different, more successful route.

Also see: 5 First-Time Entrepreneur Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

2. Know the competition

Before starting my first financial business, I made sure I knew my competitors. Competitive research is key for any entrepreneur, but especially important for the crowned financial industry.

As a financial entrepreneur, it was important for me to understand what products and services were offered by competing companies. Equally important was staying abreast of new developments in the industry, using industry magazines as well as Twitter, LinkedIn and even Reddit for support. Just make sure you don’t spend too much time on these pages as they are both a distraction and a useful source of information.

3. Find a mentor

Advice from seasoned entrepreneurs is one of the top tips for a first-time financial entrepreneur. Even better is finding a mentor who can guide you every step of the way.

Having a mentor can prove to be essential for young entrepreneurs. They can provide basic insight, troubleshoot potential issues, and offer advice on everything from funding to marketing and everything in between. I find Toastmasters to be a great resource for finding local mentors as well as industry-specific networking events.

4. Network like crazy

In business, as in life, it depends on who you know. For first-time financial entrepreneurs, it’s important to get out there and network like crazy. Networking allows entrepreneurs to meet an aforementioned mentor, an investor, new clients or even new potential employees. Social media is obviously the easiest way to network as there are no geographic barriers.

Another networking tip for first-time financial entrepreneurs is to attend as many industry events as possible. Additionally, all first-time entrepreneur events also prove beneficial with excellent learning opportunities.

Also see: 8 ways to get the most out of networking events

5. Have a marketing strategy

The finance industry is such a competitive marketplace that it is vital for companies in the industry to differentiate themselves from the competition in order to thrive in the future. Because of this, an effective marketing strategy is another key tip for first-time financial entrepreneurs. If you are not sure how to implement an effective marketing strategy, entrepreneurs are well advised to hire the services of a marketing agency.

First-time financial entrepreneurs should be sure their marketing strategy includes:

6. Budget your money

No matter what industry you’re in, as a first-time entrepreneur, money management is paramount. Because there are so many unknowns in entrepreneurship, it’s important to stay frugal to keep costs down. Whenever possible, try to find creative alternatives to keep your costs down.

Another important money management detail for first-time financial entrepreneurs is setting up an emergency fund. When I started my first business, I made sure I had three months of income on the side. First-time entrepreneurs face so many stressors, so this type of cushion offers peace of mind.

7. Provide excellent customer service

A first-time financial entrepreneur needs to understand the importance of providing excellent customer service. Because the market is so competitive, providing customers with outstanding customer service and support is critical to running a successful business in the financial industry.

Additionally, first-time financial entrepreneurs should also consider encouraging positive reviews from every customer. There are few industries where success depends on an excellent reputation.

See also: It’s all about customer service

Being a first-time financial entrepreneur can be both challenging and exciting. As a seasoned entrepreneur, I know that entrepreneurship in itself is a stressful endeavor, but also incredibly rewarding. There will be ups and downs, and it’s all a learning curve in the beginning. I hope my seven tips will help you on your own entrepreneurial journey to success.

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