Do’s and Don’ts of Being an Entrepreneur

September 6, 2020

Do’s and don’ts of being an entrepreneur

do's and don'ts of being an entrepreneur


“An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” 

– Reid Hoffman

Yes. Absolutely. There are many reasons to become an entrepreneur, but there are also do’s and don’ts that will help you on your journey.

What are they?

Today, we are sharing some do’s and don’ts of being an entrepreneur, given by members of the No BS with Bree and Stephen Facebook group. The No BS group is a creative space for entrepreneurs to discuss projects, wins, and goals. It is hosted by Bree and Stephen, adventurous business owners living in San Diego, California. 

Without further ado.

Do’s and dont’s of being an entrepreneur

Matt Besenyodi
DO hustle.
DON’T just wait for things to fall into your lap.

do's and don'ts of being an entrepreneur


Valeri Grace
DON’Tsacrifice ethics for money.


Tyler Champ Summers
DO read as much as you can and get a mentor! Make friends with people you want to be like. Change the way you think, and things around you will start to change. Build a strong foundation.

Lauren Casino 
DO work hard.
DON’T make yourself constantly busy to the point you burn out and hate what you do.

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Stephen Kim
DO drink coffee!
DON’T drink coffee after 4 pm! 3:59 pm is good, though. 🙃

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Darren Hendry 
DO work hard.
DON’T undervalue yourself and give stuff away for free.

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Ashley DeWeerdt 
DO provide an amazing client experience.
DON’T bend over backward and break yourself in ways that aren’t beneficial.

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Kristen Adam 
DON’T lean on Pinterest Boards and “Boss Babe” quotes for your motivation. It has to come from, and thrive off of, hard work; it’s not always fun or rewarding, but it’ll get you to the big picture authentically.

Garret Ward
DO everything within your power to legally reduce your tax burden.
DON’T illegally avoid paying all applicable taxes. 

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Crystal A VanAntwerpen
DO examine your true costs before setting pricing. Your time is valuable, and you should be factoring in an hourly wage, not just the cost of gear, goods, etc.
DON’T forget to set business hours and factor in time for a personal life, or you will burn out.

Daniel Venter 
If you fail, don’t stop, get up, and try something else. Edison had 1000 failed attempts before creating the light bulb that finally worked.

Kayla Dolce 
DO work hard and give yourself a weekend that’s all for yourself.
DON’T work at half capacity every day of the week with barely any dedicated time off until you burn out.
Learning my lesson 🙃

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Traci Edwards
DO invest in your business. Time and money pay off.
DON’T ever give up. Keep working towards your goal!

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Nick Gardner 
DO follow your passion but make sure you have a plan, business plan, budget plan, marketing plan, and projection of income plan. Did I say make sure you plan?
DON’T try to do it all on your own. Hire other professionals to help: CPAs, attorneys, marketing teams, bankers, and financial planners.

Zack Hawkins
DO get up early.
DON’T go to bed early.

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Emily Dukat of EMDukat Photography

DO find yourself a group of like-minded people to support you. #Legit
DON’T be afraid to stick to your gut instinct. More often than not, it’s right!” 

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Cynthia Davis 
DO your best, and continue learning.
DON’T compare yourself to other entrepreneurs. Only compare yourself to who you were yesterday.

Kate Hammell 
DO give yourself breaks and your time! The work will be there when you get back.
DON’T burn yourself out and end up hating your job.

Do's and dont's of being an entrepreneur

Karina Dopp 
DO be creative 😂😂  and come up with your own business plan and model.
DON’T copy someone else’s business model.

Alvin Acosta
DO support those that support you.

Samantha Burke 
DO be personable and real on social media, but DON’T be a negative nancy!! #positivevibesonly

Mindy Vassalle 
DO be yourself!
DON’T be like everyone else!

Meghann Grah
DO decide for yourself what success means to you and let that definition change as you see fit.
DON’T let society, your family, friends, or partner define what success in your business looks like.

Rebecca E. A. Pettis 
DO make vendor friends and network. Work hard, come up, and build others.
DON’T use vendor friends and network to mirror, steal, copy, or only for your benefit under the guise of “real friendship.”

Final words

Being an entrepreneur is a journey. These photographers shared their do’s and dont’s of being an entrepreneur so you are ready for your own adventure.
Join the No BS with Bree and Stephen group to learn more about marketing, business, and entrepreneurship.

You’ll thank us later.


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