Are you newly self-employed?
Starting a business on a tiny budget?
Or maybe you’ve got an infamous idea and want take a shot at success?
In any case you’re probably thinking of the term “Business” but may not be sure how to get started.
Well, never fear because help is here.
I started up and run my own business, “Conceptstore Design Studio” and in doing so I’ve helped over 70 businesses to start-up and bring their business ideas to life.
Let me be honest though, I made a ton of mistakes on the way and I’ve seen others do the same thing.
If you’re looking to start your own business then it’s likely that you’ll make the same mistakes too and that why I created “The One Hundred & One Start-up Tips”
The One Hundred & One Start Up Tips is not a factual business book but a practical guide to getting your own business idea off the ground by following the short bite sized 101 tips.
If you read it and follow it, you’ll save yourself a lot of wasted time, money and effort so why not give it a read.
It’s available to view through 10 blog posts containing 10 tips each or you can get straight to all 101 tips by subscribing below and downloading the complete e-guide instantly, for free.
In any case, let’s not wait any longer.
Check out the first 10 tips now….
Start-Up Tip #1 – There’s no time like the present to start a business.
People use excuses to stop themselves from starting-up a business.
“Now is not a good time to start-up…”
- …because of the economy.
- …because of the mortgage.
- …because of the children.
- …because of the job.
- And a million other reasons to do with time.
Throw away those excuses, because there’ll never be a perfect time to start your business.
Those reasons above are just problems that need a solution.
Or excuses to put yourself off of taking the plunge.
The hardest part of setting up a new venture is the start but all you have to do to start up is dedicate some time to doing something about your idea.
Do anything from research and development to looking at finance or studying the market.
There’s no risk involved in researching and its the best way to start pursing your business idea.
Spend 10 minutes on it, an hour or even a day, it doesn’t matter as long as you start and do something.
There’s no time like the present so start now.
Start-Up Tips #2 – Don’t Be Scared to start-up
The idea of being self-employment can be scary.
I myself didn’t have a lot of support when I started up and you yourself may be doubting your own ability.
In all honesty self-employment is not for everyone but you won’t know for yourself until you try so don’t be scared, just go for it and make sure you put full effort into making your own self-employment a success.
Start-Up Tip #3 – Forget the term Business
At start-up stage you’re not starting a business, you’re just building an idea, hopefully one that sells.
Forget rules, regulations and lingo. Get active, get creative and just get going on an idea, not a business.
Start-Up Tip #4 – Theres no such thing as an original idea
Is your idea really that great!
Many people come to me with an idea that’s supposedly original only for me to find pretty quickly that it’s not; It’s been done before and done by many.
Just because you’ve had an idea, it doesn’t mean that someone else has not had the same idea.
Have a really good look into your start-up idea before investing any further time or money into it.
Start-Up Tip #5 – Solutions, Not Problems
Whether your business idea is original or not actually has no significance whatsoever in its success.
Success lies not in the originality of your idea but your determination to market it.
If an idea has been done before, so what!
If you’re passionate about an idea then ignore naysayers (even me) and look at how you can make an idea better than those before you.
How can you make it re-sell-able?
Start-up Tip #6 – Become Sherlock Holmes
Research will your best friend at start-up stage.
It may sound silly but learn to use google and the internet to find out anything and everything about your industry and start-up idea.
I’ve shot down ideas simply because I done the research that the start-up didn’t.
Research can reveal loopholes and problems which you may never have considered.
Start-Up Tip #7 – Theres always a Competitor
I always ask clients “Who are your competitors?”
In return I’m often told “There are no competitors”.
That’s a mistake.
There is always a competitor.
Make sure you find one.
Start-up Tip #8 – Write a Business Plan
Business plans transform romantic ideas of self-employment into shocking realities.
Cost, investment and timescales become real figures and the idea of starting a business suddenly becomes daunting.
Despite that I know plenty of businesses that started up without a business plan and were tremendously successful by developing the business physically rather than theoretically.
Start-up Tip #9 – Don’t be a Perfectionist
Don’t be a perfectionist when getting your idea off the ground.
I’ve wasted time trying to get every step of a start-up perfect in order to launch successfully but from experience I can say that time wasted on perfecting an idea is time wasted full stop.
Nothing is ever Perfect.
Just get the idea to a good workable level and get it out there.
Start-up Tip #10 – Sell Sell Sell!
If possible, start selling your idea at the earliest stage possible.
Sell it to friends, family and anyone who trusts you enough to buy from you.
Simply start and see if money can be made by selling immediately.
If it’s not possible to start selling immediately then start by selling the idea at the very least.
This will identify a target market for your idea.