Let me say this.... trust your gut. As you grow your business you will have to learn many lessons. As long as you learn from your mistakes, you will continue to grow in business and as a person. But the one thing people or books can't teach you is to trust your gut. If a deal feels funny or a client makes you feel uneasy- go with what your guts tells you before you are in too deep!
This said, below are my top three tips for new business owners.
#1 - Focus. Don't get distracted by what you have to do... focus on what you are doing and then what you have to do next. The to-do list is always going to be long for you- you are a business owner! Don't get overwhelmed. Get focused and then get to work.
#2 - Keep your pitch under a minute. People are busy. When they ask you what it is you do, answer but answer quickly. If they want to know more, they will ask! If you are long-winded, they will associate you and your business with a negative experience.
#3- "Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, not a 9-to-5 profession." I read this once and I believe it. So, stay as healthy as you can. If you tend to work 20 out of 24 hours in a day then you are neglecting your health. The work will be there for you. Don't work more than 16 hours a day and rest when you are suppose to be resting. Turn off your computer, put the files away and shut off the phone.