10 Humanities You Should Learn to Become an Outstanding Entrepreneur 90

10 Humanities You Should Learn to Become an Outstanding Entrepreneur

This article was written by Veronica Hunt, an EdTech expert and an experienced blogger. She sees her purpose in providing people with up-to-date info in the spheres of education and parenting.

Why is it important to learn humanities if you want to become an entrepreneur? Is there any connection between psychology and business? What will help you to understand people better? Here you will find answers to these questions.

What humanities are a must for a successful business?

It is clear that modern people have much more difficult needs and requirements. Maybe it had happened that way because of a constant rising of a goods and staff great choice. Customers are not going to pay for low-quality clothes, cheap cosmetics or downscale products anymore.

Moreover, they demand a particular attitude from the side of a shop assistant: carefulness, helpfulness, understanding, and forbearance.

An ability to count money nowadays is not enough to run a successful business. A good entrepreneur should not only know how to plan a budget or whether to expect a rise in popularity of some goods, but also be able to understand needs of a customer.

So, clear enough, an entrepreneur has to be aware of some humanities for a successful business. If you are one of them, you definitely have to find out more reasons for studying these subjects.

1. History: What has this subject to do with my business?

At a first glance, there is no correlation between those different fields of human’s activity: business and history. However, without it, you won’t be able to understand a course of events in your country.

Moreover, having knowledge of history, you can weight up pros and cons of an implementation of some reforms and foresee their consequences. In other words, these subjects give us information on the behavior of people and societies.

For example, a new reform dealing with your business area is going to be implemented, and because of history, you will know whether to maintain it on not.

One more positive side of knowing history is that it helps us to develop research skills so badly needed in business.

2. Social psychology: To engage people you should know people.

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“An entrepreneur-sociopath” sounds strange. Therefore, social psychology will help you to choose a right behavior for a particular situation, especially if you deal with customers.

It will give you the knowledge on how to influence people’s decision, how to divine intentions, what to say and how to act while negotiating, or how to lead and take care of your staff. These skills are available only for people learning at least the basic principles of social psychology.

For example, some quarrelsome customer comes to your shop. Because of knowing psychology you choose a behavior and words which don’t irritate this person. You offer things or services this customer will probably like and determine your next actions depending on his/her reaction. With the help of this subject, it is possible to play men rightly.

3. Jurisprudence.

Even if you are not going to be a lawyer, you have to be aware of laws.

Running a business is like walking on thin ice and knowledge is your emergency exit.

You never know what comes around the next corner. Gaining knowledge in jurisprudence makes you understand current and new laws and their functioning.

4. Philosophy: To be able to think equals success.

One of the benefits that philosophy brings is critical thinking. An entrepreneur should always be able to size up the situation, find out right decisions and predict some developments. Moreover, philosophy helps us to understand other perspectives for development and improve analytical skills. Cognitive psychology deals with an ability to think and make decisions, too.

5. Linguistics and languages: Successful communication.

Even if you are just an entrepreneur-beginner, you have to know at least one foreign language to communicate with clients, workers, suppliers or business partners.

Perhaps you begin with a small company, but in a couple of years, it might become a store chain. Therefore, you will deal with people speaking other languages.

It is possible to hire an interpreter but what for, if learning a foreign language is much more profitable? It will give you the deeper understanding of a culture and improve your communication skills. You will understand what people of one or another country need and decide what you can offer them.

6. Religion: To be more flexible.

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We live in a society practicing multifarious religions. Knowing some basic rules and traditions helps you to be able to communicate with different people. This subject is particularly important if you are going to run a business abroad. In this case, you should know cultural traditions and habits of people from other countries.

7. Visual studies: Arts + business.

To be an outstanding entrepreneur, you have to improve your creative skills.

Nowadays, a simple offer of some services or selling a good product is just not enough. It is necessary to find a way to be interesting to customers.

For example, your store has an eye-catching design, or you offer unusual services. Creation of a business idea needs a lot of imagination.

8. Literature: A wise entrepreneur is a successful one.

It is just perfect to be a professional reader even if you are not going to run a business. To be able to determine whether the book is valuable or not is quite a useful skill. But, for example, if you want to find a publishing house, you have at least be familiar with literature.

9. Creative writing.

Are there any reasons to study creative writing? One of the benefits of this activity is an ability to express your thoughts correctly and convincingly, which is very important in a business world.

In addition, creative writing will broaden the horizons of your imagination and worldview. You will improve your speaking and writing skills, and it will definitely bear fruits for your business.

10. Communication studies: How to convince somebody.

Clear enough, an entrepreneur has to spend a lot of time in business negotiations. Therefore, it is quite important not to be confused and communicate ethically. You can get these skills if you study communication. You will feel calm and control yourself while speaking with strangers and know how to avoid some awkward situations.

So becoming an entrepreneur is a highly sensitive task that demands wide knowledge of not only a business area or economics, but also humanities.

You should know how to behave in particular situations. What to say, what manner of speaking to choose and how to make your business more interesting and profitable. Studying humanities brings all these skills. 

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How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer 6

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer

Writing is what I love doing and I managed to turn it into my career. But that wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without having the freedom to work from anywhere and move to my favorite country. So after I became a freelance writer, I also took a few steps to become location independent.

Let me share how that journey looked like for me and maybe inspire you to take the leap and not just become a freelancer but also travel the world or just leave your home country and never look back.

Stage 1: Overcoming The Doubts

I believe all change happens on the inside first. In the case of becoming a freelance writer and a lifestyle designer, you’d first need to do a couple of things related to developing a strong mindset.

To begin with, define what you don’t like about your current lifestyle. Be clear about it and see yourself living a better life some time from now. This vision will also help you realize what you truly desire.

For me, it was freedom and independence but in a specific way.

I mean, I don’t really need to travel the world. It was enough to spend a few weeks in Thailand and to always have the chance to get back to a destination like that if I feel like. But what I truly desired was to leave my home country, Bulgaria, and instead move to the Netherlands.

However, my transformation started many years ago, before I even knew that’s where I wanted to live. First, I wasn’t satisfied with my life back then. I was already in my 20s and I always felt like I wasn’t spending my time right. So something had to be done.

Doubts are scary.

In fact, they are one of the reasons why so many people all over the world never start a business, end a relationship, travel or else.

Once you get through that stage though, you start having hope, you visualize a better life, and you finally take action. And once you take the first step, magical things begin to happen.

For me, that first step was to define my passion (personal development) and combine it with writing, which I simply loved doing and felt like it was the right way to spend my time.

English is just my second language. I had no official degree in what I’m doing. I wasn’t tech-savvy and had no idea how the Internet actually worked.

But the desire for a different life and more meaningful activities was stronger than any lack of knowledge or experience. So I dedicated the 4 years of my life during university to building the foundation of my online business and the lifestyle I enjoy today.

Stage 2: Getting The First Clients

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I began writing, first on my blog (more on that below), then for others. But the magical ingredient here is reading.

I spent a ton of time (still do and probably always will) reading about people who were already living the life I was after. And that changed it all. I overcame all the doubts because I saw all that I wanted was possible. If other people were living like that and they all started from nothing, then it’s just a matter of time till I get there too.

That encouraged me. And my motivation never decreased because of some people I started following consistently and seeing their progress kept me action-oriented too.

It was time to earn my first dollars freelancing.

The good thing about the Internet is that you don’t have to be anyone in order to land your first gig. Once you do, the second one is easier. You just need someone to pay you for your freelance services so you can have confidence in your abilities and improve your skills.

I never thought I’d be able to call myself a freelance writer, not to mention be location independent together with that. But I left the big picture behind for a while and focused on simpler things. Such as:

What can I do today to land my first client?

After researching, I realized there are sites for freelancers where employers post jobs and I can apply to each that seems like a good fit for me. And so I did.

I created my profiles, had low rates (because any money was good money for me then if it was online), and applied for a few jobs. I had no idea what to say exactly so I just went with what felt right.

I introduced myself when pitching clients and told them how I can help them with their project. Rejection here is normal as there’s a ton of competition.

Eventually, someone hired me for a job and I made my first $20 or so.

It was a short and sweet gig and I did a good job. The communication with the client was smooth.

It’s hard to land someone for the first time, especially in my case. On my profile they could see Bulgaria and that English isn’t my native language. Also, that I’m new to the site and have no previous feedback. Basically, not the most trustworthy freelance writer to hire.

But there are new employers to such platforms too and they are ready to hire you as long as you have something to offer them.

So if you want to make money online and eventually turn that into a business, become location independent and work remotely, or just want to do what you love freelancing, then create your profiles on sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer and PeoplePerHour and start pitching.

Stage 3: Building a Blog and a Brand

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The 3rd crucial step in my journey to becoming a location independent freelance writer was this blog.

Let’s Reach Success started as a personal blog on self-improvement. But consistency was the key and I seemed to be good at this. It’s because I love writing too of course. It eventually turned into my biggest project and today it’s my portfolio.

There are more than 1600 articles in the archives, a whole book store, proper design (thanks to this premium theme), authority, and a story behind it. Which makes me and Let’s Reach Success kind of a personal brand.

If you haven’t started a site yet, you’re wasting time. Whatever it is that you wanna do online, you need that one platform.

I’ve written a quick guide on how to do that. Check out How to Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost. Don’t worry, the technical aspect is easy and I’ve outlined the few simple steps you should take to have your site up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Blogging is a must for every freelance writer. Here’s why:

First, you get to showcase your work. You can write articles all the time and show them to clients. Whenever you want to start writing about a new topic, you’ll simply start covering it on your blog and then provide samples to employers.

You become known as an expert. If you stay consistent and provide unique and quality content frequently, people will know you’re the go-to blogger in the niche. Together with your unique voice and all other things you’re doing on the side, you can build a name for yourself. That means clients will start finding you soon.

Blogging is a learning experience. There’s a lot going on in the archives on my blog. If I go back, I can even see how I’ve grown over the years. Your writing will change too and that’s okay. Your site becomes your biggest project, especially if you’re a writer yourself. Also, it’s thanks to wanting to improve Let’s Reach Success that I’ve learned so much about optimizing content, making money from a blog, and more.

Stage 4: Setting Up an Online Business

Now that you’ve overcome the doubts, have landed your first freelance client, and have your own blog, you can turn that into an online business soon.

First, of course, you’ll need to have some decent income monthly to be a proper location independent freelance writer. Although plenty of people register a company from the beginning and then slowly grow their freelance business.

However, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I was paying taxes and fees for the freelancing platforms I worked with and that was enough. I wasn’t sure how much more I could make each month.

When I got to a few hundred dollars monthly, though, (which is an amount you can live with back in my home country if you aren’t paying rent), I decided to fix the legal part and register as an independent worker there and start paying my taxes.

Over the next months, I truly believed I’m now a freelance writer earning money from my craft and loved it. Of course, I also wanted to grow, build skills, land better clients, improve my site and see what else I could be doing online.

Stage 5: Choosing Your Ideal Destination and Moving There

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When I was making $1000/month from my blog and freelance writing services, and because the business was online, I finally felt like I could soon move away and start a new life.

The country I wanted to live in was the Netherlands. I already had friends there and knew it was the place to be for me. So I booked a place in Amsterdam with AirBnB and dedicated these 10 days to finding my new home.

I needed it to be affordable and in a good neighborhood and that’s exactly what I got.

Because I wanted to be there so much and worked hard for it, there hasn’t been a day since I moved that I didn’t wake up with a smile on my face.

That’s one of the main aspects of lifestyle design. Doing work you love and making just enough to be able to live the way you like.

Of course, Amsterdam isn’t cheap so I had to limit my expenses and change things.

Stage 6: Living The Location Independent Lifestyle

I did some traveling too. Spending 5 weeks in Thailand cost me a lot in terms of money (although it could have been cheaper too but I didn’t prepare well) and focus. But it’s safe to say these weeks have been the craziest and most adventurous ones in my life.

I might go back there, but that’s not necessary. I love my daily life too and don’t need an escape from that. The important thing about being a location independent freelance writer is that you have to enjoy the freedom of being where you are. And if you earned your chance to get there, it tastes even better.

Stage 7:  Mastering Working Remotely and From Home

Location independence and freelancing aren’t for everyone as it’s not easy, there are sacrifices to be made and plenty of challenges. One of them is getting distracted and not doing focused work on a daily basis.

One thing I did right though was to build some good productivity habits and eliminate procrastination and distractions early on. In fact, that was when I started making my first money as a freelance writer.

It’s nice to imagine how you can live and work from anywhere 6 months from now. But if you don’t build the discipline in advance and learn how to structure your day so you can do your best work, you won’t make it.

Here are some things that can help:

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Stage 8: Growing The Freelance Writing Business

My focus is on increasing my income now. I got to over $3500. These come from sponsored posts here on Let’s Reach Success and freelance writing for clients.

I’m working on other things too such as increasing book sales and building systems to earn passive income from affiliate marketing. But these don’t come naturally to me so it takes time.

So that’s how I became a location independent freelance writer and how you can do the same.

Here are the exact steps I took to become a location independent freelance writer: