Startup a business today! All it takes is an idea!

It may be redundancy, a desire for independence, more flexibility or simply a desire to achieve more. For me, it was to achieve a work life balance that would work with my young family, and I have never looked back. BUT there are things you aren’t warned about when you startup a business. So I wanted to put it out there just what to expect and how to become the best you can be.

Do something you love!

How to get work

Whether you are an administrative assistant, plumber, hairdresser or a babysitter you all have one thing in common: friends, family, and colleagues. Contact everyone you know. Don’t be shy or hold back. Tell everyone about your services. Even if they don’t need your help right now, they may know someone who does. It could be your distant cousin twice removed that is your first job when you startup a business, and your first step towards independent working.

Online job boards and sites.

There are many sites for many different business areas.

Checkatrade and Rated people are excellent sites for the trades and you can set up a profile to showcase your work. I personally also love My Builder. Customers can place their job online and you can bid on it. This site is perfect when starting out as you can bid slightly lower to get those first key jobs and build up your reputation.

People per hour is another site but more orientated around graphic designers, web developers, photographers and admin assistants. You can bid on jobs and build up your online reputation.

Door to Door.

OK, so not in the literal sense. One thing I did when I started was to walk down my local high street. I made a note of what types of businesses were around, which ones were non franchised businesses and which were locally established businesses. Go in and ask. The worst thing that can happen is that they say ‘no’, but leave a card anyway. If you made a good impression you will be remembered and 6 months down the line they may need you.

“Work won’t come to you. Get out there!”

Startup a business part-time?

If you are already out of work then there is nothing stopping you getting out there and getting started on your new business venture. If funding is a stopping point for you, don’t panic. If you are confident about your idea you could be eligible for a startup grant. There are many available for all different areas of business.

If you’re working and need some security while starting out, no problem. Families and priorities come first and you need to ensure the bills are paid. There is nothing wrong with starting slowly if you are prepared to put in the hours for your dream. Many use their job as a safety net before they make the leap into full time self employment.

All you need to know is there is no wrong way to do it. It doesn’t mean you won’t succeed, it is just ensuring you don’t have the additional stress of wondering where the next pay day is coming from while you are establishing yourself.

Last words of wisdom

It will be hard. Be prepared for long hours in the beginning and if you are anything like me you will be working till 10p.m. or sometimes later to complete last minute jobs which are necessary to help boost your reputation or to give you the foot up to the next level. At the beginning it’s vital to keep to deadlines. There is no wrong way to do it, so if you want to gradually phase your day job to make sure you have some security, that’s fine. It’s your choice. At the same time it is OK to just jump right in. That little bit of the fear of the unknown will push you. Overall, enjoy it. If you don’t you may as well be back doing the 9-5. I still enjoy my work. You will have challenging days but at the end of it you have the satisfaction of knowing you did it all on your own. You are getting the credit and you are your boss.