I recently joined a few communities online that aligned with some future goals of mine and the information I’m getting is phenomenal! I was actually very surprised at how many people responded to my question about business. I think too often it easy to get inside your head and believe that it is stupid to ask questions or people will not engage the way you want them too. This is further from the truth and I encourage you to put yourself out there and get answers to those questions of yours. Now more than ever people want to connect and give value to others. So I came up with a list of questions I thought might be useful for the beginner business entrepreneur and I reached out to my community of like-minded people to get their valuable opinions.
I think there are certain questions we need to keep in mind any time we are considering taking on a new challenge or venture. We have to study everything about it and find out otherwise we are going into it blind and unprepared. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that it is easy to become overwhelmed with these early stages and by asking the right questions we are easing the process of each task.
So I went through a list of questions that I thought might be important for starting my new business and I picked the question that I thought might make the most difference in my business.
As a new business, what are some of the problems you encountered starting out?
The response was great and I learned some really valuable things to keep in mind in these early stages. To give you an overview, here are some of the responses I found most important.
Believe your worth more than you charge.
Standing out in the crowd.
Learn how to troubleshoot. Know your product or equipment well.
Know your market.
Keep a checklist of what important so you are never empty handed.
Finding your niche and thriving.
Advertise in the right places
For my particular business, I found the checklist to be very valuable. You always want to be prepared in any situation. New ventures mean new and uncharted territory. This is exciting as well as super scary which tells me I’m doing something right. By pushing yourself outside your comfort zone you are welcoming a successful life in more ways than just income.
What are some of the problems you have encountered and how have you overcome them? Please share!
New business adventures are exciting. The early stages of the idea and the grand plan to put it all together can be the most fun stages of the whole process. One of the biggest challenges you might face is finding the time to do this. There are a number of people who might dive in full force. They quit their jobs and devote every second of the time that they have to their business plan. Others are not so fortunate and might have to stay employed for another company while they test the waters with their new business idea.
If you are continuing to work your normal job while starting the business, you want to make sure you are dedicating a certain amount of time every day to keep your motivation up. We go into these ideas with a clear picture of what we want to happen and if we are really in love with the idea we have a great energy force pushing us to continue towards these goals.
Creating a business can be hard considering it’s a very competitive world out there. You have to give time to your business and yourself in order to see real results. I have learned this first hand and have seen how easy it is to push it to the side when you are just absolutely exhausted. Here are a few important ways to make time for your start-up.
Get up earlier or stay up later. I’m a morning person so getting up earlier is what is right for me. I have a major boost in the morning and feel it is when I am most creative. For those of you night owls, try and stay up a little later when the house is quiet and you have that time to dedicate to your goals. I can’t stress this enough, even if you are totally exhausted you want to put in at least an hours effort to building your business.
Motivation videos are a major confidence booster. Okay, so many of you might find this to be corny (did I just use that word?) but seriously, if you don’t have a lot of self-motivation or that special someone that is going to get up and push you every day then a quick motivational video on the way to the store or work isn’t going to kill you. I like Napoleon Hill who is also the author of “Think and Grow Rich.” This is also a great read if you have the time.
Find ways to cut time in other areas of your life so you can devote more time to your business. If you work an eight-plus hour a day job and then you have to come home and cook dinner for another hour it is likely you will not have much time to give to your goals. I have been able to save time by purchasing a pressure cooker. I spend less time over the stove and more time doing what I really need to do. This is just one example there are many more ways you can prioritize and save time.
Finding time for your grand idea should always be a high priority. If you are passionate about what you are trying to achieve then finding time won’t be such a hard task. Always remember that starting a business takes time. It doesn’t ever happen overnight and you don’t want it to. You need time to take the necessary steps to have a successful business. I’m in the process of my next business adventure and I’m really trying to enjoy these early stages. Be mindful of what you tell yourself and don’t lose that burning desire to complete that goal. If there is anyone in this world who is going to stop you from doing what you set out to do, it is yourself. Stay motivated and remember that you are amazing and unique.
You have decided to take the leap. You are an entrepreneur who inspires to set out on your own path and create a life of purpose. What’s Next?
Becoming your own boss may sound a little far-fetched but it is actually easier than you might think. You will want to keep your current job as long as it takes to get your own side business set up. I call it investing in yourself. I have spent countless hours researching ways to make money from home. Everything from telemarketing ads to online teaching opportunities pops up in the search engines. This may be a great start for some and for others like myself it hasn’t worked out so well.
Think about the reasons you want to work remotely. Is it that you like to be in the comforts of your own home and you don’t mind sitting on a telephone all day or is it that you have found what you are passionate about and you want to take a shot at it. Either way, it is very important that you enjoy what you do. Don’t consider a telemarketing job unless you are highly passionate about helping people over the phone for countless hours a day. It is possible to love your job. Make sure you are giving it a lot of consideration. If you have considered opening a business in a small shop than your next step is to research commercial real estate. Whatever it is that your passionate about you will have to make a plan and learn as much as you can. Write everything down!
TAKE THE STEPS
You have carefully planned what you want to do for a current side job and possibly a full-time future job. It is important to plan out small steps to reach your goal. For example, I have just ordered the study material to take a state exam for a possible side career that I am looking into. Most of the time you will have to expect some investment to get into the profession of your dreams. After I study for the exam I will pay the test fees. These are small necessary steps to take to get to the end goal. I am also a photographer. That took many steps but I did it because it is what I love to do. Many things can be self-taught. I didn’t have to get a degree to learn how to use a camera. You would be surprised at how much you can learn online by doing the right research.
You can’t expect to set off on a new venture and have everything work out exactly as planned. We hope for the best but also expect the worse. Most people will begin with an intense amount of excitement and you can expect for this to taper off as you start to face problems. There will be financial setbacks, legal setbacks, and even motivational setbacks. Let it sink in now that everything will feel like it’s falling apart before you even take off the ground. Expect setbacks and don’t let them stop you from the purpose. If need be, change your course of action. You might come up with a greater idea.
Just remember why you started. You started because something inspired you to do so. Your path will change as you start on this journey. In college, I changed my end goal more than 3 times. You will learn a lot about yourself as you start this venture. When I started photography I thought there was no way that I would ever want to do newborn pictures. The cost of materials and the hours spent was not worth it. I had no idea what I was talking about. Newborn photography became my favorite sessions. You don’t know unless you try. Don’t be afraid to try new things. If it scares you it is probably the one thing you need to go for. When you face your fears you will realize that it gets easier and easier to say yes.
This is a question for all of my entrepreneur friends out there! You obviously know that you are different from the rest. What is it that sets you apart from the norm? For me, I just can’t wait to get out there and fully live life. Sitting in an office all day isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Please do fill me in!
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