Startup – Each week I identify a different theme and provide you with content, some original and some from external sources, around that theme in two separate posts.
The first post represents my thoughts, experience, advice or questions on whatever the weekly theme is. Later in the week, a second post will summarize and provide links to several articles and videos from other sources, providing additional information on the weekly theme.
This week’s theme is startup business.
What You Need to Do Before You Even Try to Startup a Business
Once you’ve decided that you want a startup a business, it’s natural to feel antsy. You experience a moment of empowerment, like you can do anything. All you want to do is run out the door and get to business-ing. I know first hand because I am launching a new product and can’t wait to start telling the world about it, but am following the plan devised by my marketing consultant which urges me to slow my roll.
Recently, we talked about researching if there’s a market for your business. You can read more about that here. Needless to say, you need to make sure there’s an opportunity for a business before you introduce it.
That’s not the only thing you should do, however.
Make Sure You Believe in What You’re Doing
For many (if not most) people who start a business, there’s a long and turbulent road ahead. There will be failures, mistakes, tough times, hard calls, and more. The only way to get through those times is to remind yourself that it’s what you’ve dreamt of doing. That it’s what you’re supposed to do.
If you don’t really believe in the business, there’s a high probability you won’t last when things get tough.
Talk with Someone Who Has Done It
Chances are you know someone who has at least tried to start a business. At the very least, you know a guy that knows a guy (or gal). Reach out to them. Grab coffee. Discuss the highs and lows and lessons learned. You’ll probably hear some things you don’t want to hear, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hear it.
Discuss It with Your Spouse/Significant Other
This one should be a given, but just in case there was any doubt, here it is. If you are not single, then you need to have yourself a sit down with your partner.
Don’t Wait Forever
The time to start a business will rarely be perfect. You will never have all the little pieces in the exact places they should go. Eventually, you just have to pull the trigger and see what happens. Wait too long, and you might miss your chance, leaving you a whole lot of regret.
If the opportunity is there, make it happen.
Do Some Reading
Not a reader? It’s time to change that. There are some amazing books out there that can help you develop leadership skills, business plans, networking capabilities, and so much more.
Don’t know where to start? How about Business is ART? With my book, you’ll be guided step by step through the process of setting up a healthy and successful business. Really, it’s the perfect business book to start with.
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