Are you sick of slaving from 9-5 with little to show for it? So many men and women are looking towards other methods to kickstart their career and most importantly, become their own boss.
Whether you’re thinking about quitting your job and starting your own personal venture, there’s a little bit more you should know before taking this huge leap of faith.
Tip #1: Don’t quit your day job
Anyone will know that starting a new project requires two key things: time and money. And while quitting your full-time job leaves you with an unlimited amount of time, where is the money coming from? Work on weekends, weeknights, and every other second you have to make this dream come true. As for your full-time job – don’t give in your two weeks notice just yet.
Tip #2: Make connections
Attend any type of function and meet people who can make your dream a reality. This is the best way to get your foot in the door, and will leave you with a number of options before you go. Start off slow, and join a few forums which are of interest to your project. Pretty soon you will find yourself attending functions and regular get-togethers which can help you land a deal someday.
Tip #3: Create a voice
Online! Nothing is more important than being seen online, so create a number of different social media profiles and don’t forget to invite your friends. Once you are happy with the tone of voice, it is then much easier to create a niche market where people can access your services.
Tip #4: Take all the help you can get
Whether this is from family, friends, or even some helpful volunteers, nothing is more important than a helping hand. Also, be willing to give back some of your services in return. You might know a friend who is an avid graphic designer or SEO specialist, and can help you with the initial stages of your website.
Tip #5: Collaborate
There’s a quote somewhere which states ‘A mind which is open, never shuts.’ This applies perfectly to being open to the ideas (and sometimes unwelcome criticism from others). Although it might sometimes feel out of line, try to keep an unbiased outlook criticisms, since they can ultimately help your business thrive.
Do you have any beginners tips for starting your own business?
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