When you have a product or a service and decide to start your own small business, it can be a very exciting time, especially if you are hoping that this will be your ticket to financial freedom.
Many people dream of a time in their lives when they will be free from the restrictions that general work-life holds over them, and when working for yourself, you will feel the real freedom. However, there are some things we must take into account.
If you have your product or service all ready to go, you should have done your research into whether there is actually a market for it. Have a look around and see if anyone else is selling what you intend to do, as this will give you an idea of what will be asked of you as well as how much you can charge.
If you find that there is nobody else selling what you are going to offer, check that there is actually a need or a want for it. You may be lucky and have stumbled on something amazing, or it may just be that nobody else is selling it because nobody actually wants it.
Keep in mind that when working for yourself, there may be times when orders just do not come in. If you have no work, then there will be no money. Make sure that you can cope with this scenario and that you have some fail-safes put in place.
Also, be aware that you may require funding to get your business off of the ground, and in which case, you will probably have to have some kind of business plan in place so that lenders can see at a glance how you expect your business to progress.
The good news is that you may find that there are a few savings to be had along the way, such as being able to claim expenses within your tax return or saving on utility bills. It is always wise to check what is available using a site when starting your business to avoid overpaying on your energy, electricity, water, and gas bills in your office or workplace. Any savings made here can then be reinvested into your business elsewhere. As your business grows, consider entering strategic partnerships through which shared funds go further. Learn more in The Ultimate Guide to Co-sell with Your Ecosystem Partners.
Your Online Presence
As a new business, it is important to start building up your presence online as soon as possible, as this allows you to compete more successfully within your industry. There are two main aspects to this. First, you need a website.
When creating your website, you may find it beneficial to go to a professional website design company. But if you want to do it yourself, there are places on the internet from which you can get templates from. Remember to make your website user-friendly. It must be easy to follow and have clear instructions on what to do and where to go next. You may find it handy to have a blog area on your website as it is highly beneficial to keep relevant and up-to-date information on your website, and this can be done via blogs. Plus, you can ensure it is SEO friendly.
Then with this in the works, you need to start creating your social media profiles about yourself and your business. Keep these up to date, and link them all back to your website. Use your social media profiles to their maximum by uploading blogs, videos as well as advertising your business.
Remember to keep your social media blogs friendly and, if you can, add some humor to get people to follow you. If your audience likes to read what you have written, then your blogs will not just get scrolled over.