Funding your business is like re-enacting the first scenes of a Bond film. It’s fast-paced, dramatic, and highly unpredictable. But in the end, you know you’re at the beginning of the story, and M(s)r. Bond (that’s you) is very likely to prevail. S/he overcomes the first of the saga’s challenges by acting nimbly and exhausting even the most obscure options. You’ve got this.
Here’s how to suit up, fight on, and tackle any financial challenge (whether it be personal or entrepreneurial) with that calm, cool, and collected charm that only Bond can balance. Because after all, aren’t we all aiming to fight financial obstacles with precision and grace in a beautiful British sports car?
#1 Be prepared. Be very prepared.
Ask any of your more tech-centric friends who their favorite Bond character is and they’ll likely say, “Q, of course.” That’s because Q prepares Bond for any high-speed chase or “sticky” situation. Here’s how to prepare yourself (and your wallet) to be financially ready to take the leap (or free-fall) into entrepreneurship. (Let’s be honest, these are all great for personal money management too).
#2 List out your priorities (and everything else).
Lists are our best friends. BEST FRIENDS. We have lists for to do’s, to don’t’s, how to do’s, etc., etc. Listing out your priorities might be less of your on-camera Bond persona, and more like your very real, Money Penny (equal bada$$) reality. That’s ok. Your lists will help reassure you at the end of a very long day that you did some good, you defeated some evil, and you know what’s left to accomplish.
Here’s how to get your financial priorities set:
#3 Be kind to yourself.
After a long, grueling defeat of the villain, what does Bond do? He takes a vacation. And as you’re building up your Bond-like entrepreneurial persona, you should try to too (have you decided on your code name yet?). Taking time away from your business no matter what stage it’s in is always going to be hard. There will always be emails to answer, ideas to craft, missions to crush. And yet, you will never be your full Bond-self if you don’t take the time to recover.
Here’s how we prioritize kindness and self-care even after the most trying days:
And there you have it. Taking that entrepreneurial leap can be scary, but when you have the right mindset, a good plan of action, and enough certainty that at the end of your story, you’ll be stronger, more resilient, and ready for anything, you’ll find a feeling of empowerment that far outweighs any obstacle or villain that might stand in your way. Now go out there, embrace your inner secret agent, and become the titan of industry you were born to be.
About the Author: Co-founder and CMO Maia Monell has experience in growth marketing and brand strategy for developing software firms as well as in global women’s development. Prior to Nav.it, Maia worked with sports technology brand Bridge Athletic and holds an M.S. in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School. Maia’s background in developing programs for professional female athlete campaigns and Brand Ambassadors gives her the unique experience to develop Nav.it’s authentic voice and brand promise.
About Nav.it: Nav.it is a banking app that helps you build healthy financial habits. Pay down debt, automate savings, track spending, and learn how to more optimistically navigate your financial future with Nav.it’s financial roadmap. Nav.it changes behaviors around money by providing personalized tools that build confidence in your money moves. Financial wellness starts here!
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This story was originally published on September 10, 2020, and has since been updated.