Entrepreneurs who start out with a brick-and-mortar business are generally seen in the community as a new business owner who is striving to get ahead in the business world. The entrepreneurial mindset that is required to start that type of business may be easier for some to sustain because of the support given by friends, families and neighbors.
However, an online entrepreneurial mindset may be more difficult to sustain because it will not be immediately evident to other people what the business does or even that you have a business at all. To keep the right mindset when your business is online often requires a higher level of discipline than when the business is more physical.
Small Business Self-Discipline
Getting up every morning and going to a physical building to work for your own small business requires little discipline because the business simply won't run if the business owner isn't there. Going to work often feels like going to any other job. But, when working at home on a computer, the feeling is generally much different.
Staying disciplined enough to go to the computer each day amidst all of the distractions of home takes a much different type of discipline. The entrepreneurial mindset then has to push you to keep going each day, even if it seems like there is a lot of to do around the house or you just don't feel like getting started that day.
Being an Entrepreneur
One of the things that many online entrepreneurs find is that it is often difficult to explain to other people what they do and that it is a real business even if it is not housed in a physical retail space. Some people may consider it your hobby or even ask when you will be getting a real job.
This can make it harder to keep that entrepreneurial mindset for many new business owners. To keep from letting skepticism erode your self-confidence, simply treat your business like any physical business. Refer to it as a business, work in it each work day like any other business and continue to think of it that way in order to stay motivated.
The Results of a New Business
Perhaps the best way to keep the entrepreneurial mindset is to see the results of that business. When the business is making a profit and your lifestyle is better than it ever was before, you and those who may have doubted the business will see how serious it really is.
Even if a business is virtual, it is an entrepreneurial exercise that can create an entirely new lifestyle for you and your family. With hard work and an entrepreneurial mindset, it has every chance of being as successful as any other type of business.