With the beginning of each New Year, many people take stock in their lives and what changes they may or may not want to make. We set out to lose weight, improve our careers, spend more time with family and friends, and probably take up a new hobby or two. A few years back, the New Year goals included growing my own business for me.
I had my reasons: Independence, Flexibility, Diligence, Pride, & Passion being a few. I sifted through the ups-and-downs of growing a brand, made mistakes, and continue to do a lot of both still. I wish there was a cheat sheet when I started. Don’t get me wrong, I would never change my mind or not start my own business, I just would have loved to have these questions and tips set before me when starting.
Before Starting Your Business, Ask Yourself These Questions:
- Are you good at asking for help?
Do not be TOO independent. It is a great characteristic and extremely noble to be independent, but starting a business requires help, mentorship, and often a shoulder to lean on. While being a self-starter is crucial to starting a business and staying on target, one cannot shut out those around them who can be of help. Building a new business often involves focus groups, skill-sets that are not part of your repertoire, and a solid sounding board. Do not try to be so independent that you turn away a good thing like the advice or opinion of a confidante, spouse, friend, or business mentor. Continue reading “Want to Start a Business in 2013? Questions to Ask Yourself” »