If you are reading this blog, then that must mean you are a little bit curious about starting your own business. Today I will be sharing my tips on how to start your business strong. You can easily get lost in all the information out there, so I’m hoping this roadmap will guide you through the process of starting your own home business.
Goals are imperative to starting your business. It’s easy to say you want to start a business, but actually setting some goals to reach toward will make sure you are on track to accomplishing something. My advice is to break down your goals in months. Where would you like yourself to be in three months time? How about six months? How about nine months? To prevent goals from being too daunting, start small and then grow out to bigger goals once you have enough experience.
Visualization is key to setting long-term goals. A reason why so many people can’t ever seem to keep their New Year’s resolutions is because they fail to picture the finish line. Because they can’t see what their lives will look like after they reach their goal, they decide to give up and try again next year. To get in the habit of reaching healthy goals, try setting weekly goals. They don’t have to be big goals. Just start with something that would make you proud to say you’ve accomplished by the end of the week.
Another way to stay on track with your goals is to reward yourself. Little rewards for achieving your goals will fuel your desire to keep going. Enjoying what you’ve attained is not only a great self-esteem booster, but it will put you in the right mindset to keep moving forward with your business.
If I have learned anything in this journey so far, it’s that there is always something new to learn. There are thousands of books out there that talk about starting your own business. All of them are full of golden material. My favorite books so far would have to be: The Four Hour Work Week, The $100 Startup, and #GIRLBOSS. These books are not only inspirational, but they also have companion blogs that offer even more advice and resources.
And books aren’t the only way you can learn new things about business! There are lectures, podcasts, Youtube videos, webinars, and much more. The list of resources is endless. What’s more is that most of these resources are 100% free. As a believer in free and high-quality information, I recommend you checking out two of my favorite blogs: Making Sense of Cents and FEMTREPRENEUR. These two blogs are the very definition of success and they are a constant source of inspiration. Another resource I recommend is the website Eventbrite. This website lists events that are going on in your area. You can edit your search criteria by price and category. I usually select the “Business” category and “Free” for the price. You can also edit by date and area. This site is a true wonder. You’ll be able to find lectures and seminars featuring exactly what you want to learn….for free!
Absorbing all this extra information also puts me in the right mindset for my business. It’s easy to lose sight of what you really want, even if you do have a detailed list of goals. You can lose momentum in your business and you can get into a dangerous slump. But whenever I read these blogs and books, I find a new sense of empowerment. My determination increases when I realize that these great bloggers and authors started their business from scratch. And if they could do it, why can’t I? Why can’t we all?
Now that you’ve taken the time to increase your knowledge and set your goals, it’s time to take action. It’s time to put some time and effort into your business. I’ll be honest, actually starting your business can be the scariest part of this whole process. But once you start, you’ll find that it gets easier as you keep going. Putting yourself out there is frightening and can make you feel uncomfortable. But nothing amazing ever happened when we were inside our comfort zones.
I’ll take a moment here to tell you a small personal example of how getting outside my comfort zone helped me.
I have a background in music, focusing on vocal studies. I never used my degree in music in a professional capacity, but I missed the act of singing for people. So, one day I decided to try busking. And for those of you who don’t know, busking is the act of singing in public for money. I went to the underground parking lot of my local grocery store, pulled out a hat, and started singing. I was sweating like a pig and I could feel my heart beating in my throat. I was terrified and highly aware of all the strange looks people were shooting my way. Even though I expected the strange looks, it still was extremely uncomfortable.
But what I wasn’t prepared for was the positive response I got from busking. I sang for an hour and made $102. I was so surprised that I made that much money from busking! I went outside my comfort zone and, for one hour, did what I really loved to do. By getting outside my comfort zone, I not only had fun, but I made a decent amount of money!
So, the moral of this story is to take action and even take some risks. You might be surprised by the results!
Prioritize and move forward
Starting a business is a huge step and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the task. To help make your burden a little lighter, I recommend sorting out your priorities. Starting a business doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your whole life. However, you do have to decide what’s really important to you. Is having a night out at the bar more important than attending a business lecture? Is spending money on a new purse worth more than a course in Excel? These are the kind of questions you have to ask yourself. Set aside time for yourself, but don’t forget about what’s important to you and your business.
But another important thing to starting a business is to not beat yourself up for the mistakes you make. My best advice I can give you is to take it easy on yourself. You are your own worst critic. Don’t let one stupid mistake or setback stop you from reaching your dream. Try not to worry too much…because how does worrying help anything? Forgive yourself, acknowledge that you are trying, know that you are getting better every day, and forgive yourself. Once you do that, you’ll be well on your way to becoming the entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be.