You have an idea and you think you turn that idea into your dream. You will finally be able to leave that 9-5 job you despise and be your own boss! Well, plenty before you have tried and more have probably failed that succeeded. However, we are not here to discourage you, quite the opposite. We want you to succeed, which is why we have come up with a few tips to get your started on the right foot.
- Be Realistic – when you are creating your business plan, find another successful model and study it carefully. Found out what works and what does not. Draw up a realistic business plan and model that will work for your small business. This is your game plan for the next five years, so it needs to be solid.
- Put a Dollar Value On Your Time – this may be one of the most underrated areas for a small business owner. They look at a dollar value of a project versus putting a dollar value on their time. If someone is making $30 an hour at their regular job, why is making $10 an hour acceptable when it is your business? Set your wage scale, know how long it will take you to complete jobs, and price your services accordingly.
- Choose Employees Who Share Your Vision – this is your business now, so take the time to hire people that you can trust and that have the same business vision as you. Why hire someone that is questionable or that is there merely to pick up a check. Surround yourself with people that will enable you to succeed, not promote failure.
- Sell You, Not Just the Product – as a small business owner, you have the advantage of offering one-on-one customer service all the time. Use this to your advantage. When people are able to go to the owner and trust them, it will make a big difference, even if the price is just a bit higher. NEVER underestimate the value of quality customer service.
- Know Your Business Inside and Out – do NOT start a business unless you truly know what you are doing. You will be out of business before you ever get started if you are not well schooled in how things work in the real world in any given industry. If you do not know about something, take the time to learn the business before you open your doors. It will pay off tenfold during the early years of the business’ existence.