This week we FINALLY got everything together and launched for our business! What a crazy past six months it has been. We started out on this journey not really knowing what we wanted to do specifically, only that we wanted to help people grow and impact their lives in a positive way.
You always think you know the amount of work it is going to take, until you actually begin to do it, and realize there’s about a million things you didn’t even think of! That was definitely us! But honestly, there isn’t a thing we would change, because it was our journey, our process, and one that we will always remember.
People tend to romanticize entrepreneurship, like it is the trendy thing to do. We see all the success, the money, the fame, but what we don’t see is all the hard work that it truly takes to achieve all those things. We don’t see the setbacks and long hours it takes to actually build something. It can give us a false perspective.
This being our third business, we knew the basics of what needed to be done to start a business. However, any business owner knows that there can be a bunch of unknowns and unexpected problems that need to be addressed. We know there are other business owners out there, just getting started, that have a lot of the same questions we did. So we wanted to give you three tips for how to launch a successful business.
Tip #1: Have a Vision for the Future
It doesn’t have to be crystal clear, but you do need to have some sort of idea about what goals and dreams you would like to accomplish. If you aim at nothing you’re bound to hit it. So really sit down and think about the next 2, 5, and 10 years. What do you want your business to look like? How much income would you like to have created? What goals would you like to accomplish by then? Questions like these allow you to align your purpose for starting with your long-term vision of where you want to go.
When the macro is taken care of, then you can begin to focus on the micro. So if you set a revenue goal for the next year, you can now start to brainstorm ideas and ways to help you accomplish that goal. However, if you don’t have a goal, you don’t have a plan.
Tip #2: Be a Chameleon
What do I mean by that? Well starting a business can mean having a lot of balls in the air. You will be put in a lot of different types of situations, and those situations will require you to adapt and change within that situations needs.
You don’t have to be the best at anything, but you do need to know a little bit about everything. This will help you tremendously when situations come up out of the blue. For example, Jill runs the social media, because that is one of her strengths. She is very good at planning and developing that area of our business. I, however, know how to do that in the event that she can’t. Is she better? 100% yes, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t know how to do it.
Tip #3: Seek Out a Mentor/Friend to Gain Perspective
This to me is the most important tip of all, especially for first time business owners. This is all new to you, and having the guidance of someone who is there and has been there before is a valuable resource. That person will not only know how to help you succeed, but also what traps and pitfalls to avoid as you begin your journey.
Make sure, however that you do due diligence when finding a business coach/mentor. You want to make sure that they are knowledgeable and have experience. Most people will offer a free consultation, which is a great resource to not only ask your questions, but also get to know if that particular person is right for you.
Starting your own business can be a very exciting thing, so make sure you put steps in place to make it a successful start. Laying the proper foundation will pay dividends for your business down the road.