8 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs

The most successful entrepreneurs, from the baker who launched his own custom cake business to the bookstore manager who decided she would be better off launching her own coaching business, tend to share eight common traits:

1. They choose entrepreneurial pursuits that line up with long-standing passions, interests and skills. Entrepreneurs thrive when their business plays off their existing skills, talents and interests – choosing a business that leverages those is the first step to success.

2. They minimize their expenses in both their professional and personal lives, while finding ways to invest in their venture. Many successful small business owners take pains to first pay off debt, shore up an emergency fund and otherwise get their finances in order before launching their venture. That way, they can focus on building it without additional financial stress.

3. They rely heavily on online communities of similarly minded people. Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets make it easy to connect with like-minded people. Instead of thinking of other people in your field like competitors, embrace them as mentors and friends. They probably have a lot to teach you.

4. They actively and shamelessly promote their brands through social media and other grass-roots marketing efforts. People can't buy from you if they don't know what you're selling. Promote yourself – and your product and service – frequently. Make sure your underlying message helps people or makes their lives easier, to keep your customers coming back for more.

5. They master time management strategies that enable them to maintain full-time jobs along with their side ventures (and the rest of their lives). It's not easy balancing a full-time job and a new entrepreneurial pursuit, but it is possible. Many entrepreneurs report waking up before the rest of their house, or finding slivers of time throughout their day, or otherwise schedule their lives to carve out at least a few hours a week to continue building their business.

6. They find ways to be resilient in the face of inevitable setbacks. Lack of sales, bad reviews – these kinds of negative experiences are an inevitable part of entrepreneurship. The ones who succeed find the strength to keep going anyway.

7. As their businesses grow, they support other small shops and startups by outsourcing tasks, which further enhances their own businesses, and often find other ways to give back as well. Giving back to the community that helped you build your business not only makes you feel good, but it makes your customers feel good, too, and further enhances your brand.

8. They derive a deep sense of financial security and fulfillment from their businesses, far beyond money. Extra money from a new side business is helpful, of course, but more importantly, a deep sense of satisfaction that they get from knowing they are creating useful products or services that help people. That's what keeps them going.

If you're ready to launch your own side gig – to save you from financial fear and frustration, to make you more secure and wealthy, and to give you a sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishment beyond what you get from your main source of employment – then consider applying these eight strategies to your own life. You'll be building the economy of you.