What career should I take if I want to be an entrepreneur?

If you are clear that you want to be an entrepreneur, I would recommend you to take up a sales job. Any company, any where… take a job that requires you to go out in the field, meet customers, pitch your product, negotiate and sell.

Selling teaches you many things about the practicalities of business life. Rejection by customers teaches you to be modest about your assumptions on conversions. Dealing with rejection teaches you to deal with failure and challenges.

Author: Prajakt Raut

Prajakt Raut is the founder of Applyifi.com, and author of the book for startups - ‘Starting Up & Fund Raising’ Prajakt personal goal in life is to encourage and assist a 100,000 people to become entrepreneurs. _____________ Prajakt is the founder of Applyifi - an online platform that provides startups a 36-point scorecard and assessment report on the venture's investment readiness [www.applyifi.com], and helps them improve their odds of getting funded. Prajakt is also the founding partner of The Growth Labs, a platform where growth-stage companies get sharp, incisive advice from senior professionals and experienced entrepreneurs. [www.thegrowthlabs.in] Before starting Applyifi, Prajakt was the head of operations at IAN, founding member of a leading incubator, and the Asia-Director for TiE (2004 - 2007). Previously Prajakt had co-founded Orange Cross, a healthcare services company, and was part of the founding team member of Idealake Technologies. While in college Prajakt had founded a printing business and has spent over 10 years working in leading advertising agencies. Prajakt’s book, ‘Starting Up & Fund Raising’, helps startups understand an investor’s perspective, and helps them improve their odds of getting funded. The book also helps entrepreneurs understand the building blocks of a business.

4 thoughts on “What career should I take if I want to be an entrepreneur?”

  1. I beg to differ here Prajakt. Selling is _a_ function in an organization (albeit an important one). “Doing” is not a function, but something really necessary to fly. For a tech startup, understanding how technology works is a great skill. For a fashion startup, understanding merchandising and sourcing is indispensable. For a health startup, knowing the insurance company’s mindset helps. So I would put more weight on Doing and Knowing the trails, until one is ready to bike w/o the training wheels 🙂

    1. I agree Gursharan. However, this answer was directed to someone who is not sure what area he/she wants to start a venture in. Typically I meet students who want to be an entrepreneur at some stage in their life, and therefore want to take up a career prior to that in a field that will help them become better prepared entrepreneurs.

  2. Good tip, thanks.
    Do agree selling makes the picture crystal clear as to what will sell and what won’t!

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