Going into business for yourself can be both scary and exciting at the same time. Before you jump headfirst into your new venture, it is vital to ensure you are prepared. Failing to plan and prepare will lead to setbacks and potentially kill your business dreams.
- Money – You will need money to start the business. It is highly recommended to keep your current job as your primary source of income while starting your business to ensure you have plenty of money. You could also consider small business loans or credit cards—but just be careful you do not put yourself too far into debt.
- Choose a business model/operation that reflects your interests. It is important to build your business around what you like. Otherwise, you are not going to be as motivated to grow and build the business.
- Time – You are going to quickly discover your time is being stretched thin. One option is to work your business for an hour or two each day during the week and all day on one of the weekend days, while taking off an entire weekend day to relax and spend time with your family and friends.
- Patience – It will take time to grow and establish the business. Learn to accept this and move on. Often it takes several years before a business will start earning profits, so keep this in mind, too.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help. You are not going to be an expert at everything. Those that try often do more harm than good, or, worse, run themselves out of business. You can get help using affordable solutions ranging from virtual receptionists to answering services that provide you direct access to experienced people.
- Concentrate – It is not uncommon to get sucked into doing busy work, from creating business cards to writing a detailed business plan. Many of these administrative tasks are something your virtual assistant can do, so you can concentrate on core functions.
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