When I mention to people that I am a business consultant and strategist, then tend to tell me the million and one ideas they have. Then say how they are struggling with which one to start because all of them are great and money makers. To be honest, not every business is a money maker especially if you’re only starting it to make quick money. Those tend to be the fastest money drainers because of the amount of time, money, and more that needs to be invested.
My goal with launching Kick Start Your eCommerce courses was to help remove the excuses people from when wanting to open up their own business. Personally, I believe there are two reasons people constantly use when it comes to investing in their dreams. They are “I have no time to go after my dreams” or “money is tight, and I can’t afford to invest.” Most people are living in their comfort zone and the lies they tell themselves to keep them happy, warm and exactly where they are.
There will always be first steps you take when launching something. However, I noticed in the last couple years how people tend to skip the most important measures of establishing a new business. Too many times, we are caught up in the lure and excited about a business that we forget key components that help us stand on a solid foundation. Here are the seven first things you should become consumed with before you worry about making a dollar or being on Oprah’s holiday list guide.
Running a small business can be very costly at times without you realizing what is happening. This is why having a bookkeeping software and keeping a running budget is essential in gaining financial success. We as owners do not realize how they can add up and they’re adding up in the wrong categories. Today, however I want to share six small investments that can help you grow your business.
For the last three years, I have focused on consulting women entrepreneurs and I have learned a lot during this time. 30% of my clients are actually mompreneurs focused on building their dreams and taking care of their family at the same time. Today, I am sharing some simple tips I have given my clients to help them streamline their small business as mompreneurs.
Last month, Unilever bought The Dollar Shave Club for $1 Billion dollars cash. Let me just say I celebrated their win with so much joy as if it was my start up. The founders of this business solved a problem that men all over the world were having. They leveraged it into a Unicorn business. What’s crazy you can do the same thing starting with the $1,000 a month in revenue you make. You see after you make your first $1,000 in one month it energizes you to continuously do it.
The saying goes that ideas are a dime a dozen, what truly matters is the execution of those said ideas. However, I beg to differ with that notion for the fact I met people constantly who are struggling to determine what type of business they want to launch. They know for fact they want to run to launch their own company and change the climate of the small business industry. Personally, I can sit down with someone and listen to them talk non stop and formulate a list of business ideas and action steps. So, if you’re looking for a side hustle or an actual business concept today’s post is dedicate to you.
As of today, we are under the 200 day count down for Christmas 2016. I truly want you as business owners to succeed. That means establishing a plan now verses later. Which a plethora of small business owners do. They wait until November 1st to think about holiday season. You need to be creating plans now, getting imagery ready and more. Let me break it down for you.
For the last four years, I have lived in my small town that I grew up in. At first, I resented living here truly not understanding how I could truly thrive in a town where everyone wanted to do MLM (Multi Level Marketing), think ItWorks, Herblife, Mary Kay and ACN verse building their own companies. Then I really started focusing on excelling at what I do verse the size of town I live in. No matter if you live in a small town or a large one these six points can help you grow your business locally.
Social media is forever changing and there is no sure fire way to know that the platforms we love will be here a year or five years from now. Heck, I remember when I first joined Twitter as an early adopter it was totally different than it was today. My first user name was email account before the gmail part, then I changed to TeeBaby and now to the present name of TashaICB. One thing we do now is your local community is forever growing and you needed to be apart of it.