Setting up your own business can be very daunting, and maintaining it can seem even more daunting still. Yet it is the key to developing a lifestyle that suits you – with your interests at your own pace – hence, its value is limitless. I learned this in setting up my own business online and investing my time and energy into making it work, allowing me to travel frequently at my own leisure. I wake up doing what I want, as I please, in a timeframe that suits me as long as I can schedule my work appropriately. It’s a liberty that is rewarding and possible with just a little bit of organization and a lot of dedication. Here are the things I learned from growing my first business:
- Dedication and Planning are Key
No matter how much your idea might suit you, no matter how much revenue you may acquire, nothing will thrive or last without dedication. The dedication I put into running my online business allows me to travel at my leisure, but I have to plan my day out in advance to ensure I can have the perfect balance of work and play. In order to have this balance, I use dedication and planning as my weapons for timing. If you want to be out hiking in Portland by 4 pm with no worries for the evening, you can have just that! Just be sure to get your plan into motion with a bit of dedication, and you’re set.
- The Importance of an “Office” or Workspace
You need to be able to identify when it’s time to work and when it’s time to go “home”, even if both happen to be in the same location. You should have a desk at home or a rented office space that you can call your workspace. My primary workspace is a shared office in Philadelphia but since I spend several months a year in Portland I have an agreement with a friend to be able to use his Portland office space when I’m out in the Pacific Northwest. Because my business presides online, a desk, Wi-Fi access and online tools are the height of importance for me. If this isn’t the case for yourself, you need to consider what kind of workspace it is you need and how to manage it. If you’re running a sports club for example, how do you manage your paperwork? You should have an organized, dedicated area to getting the administrative side of things done in optimum, organized timing.
- Selling Yourself and Your Business
Your business will forever remain anonymous, if not at the most vague, if you do not sell it. You need to be proactive in getting yourself out there; from getting contacts to setting up online information spots and social media pages to creating business opportunities with anyone you think may be able to push your business forward. You will receive rejections, no replies, stagnations in contacts and everything in between. Persistence here is so important. Nobody will know that new pub down the road has opened up if nobody tells them about it. Nobody will want a freelance writer if they do not present themselves at every open door. Tell everyone and anyone your intentions and you will burst open the potential of your business.
Finally, always remember what it is you’re waking up for. You will have tough moments and you’ll have days where it’s hard to get up and achieve your potential. But if you are clear about the goals you wish to achieve and how, you will make it. Good luck!