2011 will be over before you know it. The Summer has come and gone and it’s time to start looking at your year before it is over (I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions). Why not resolve in advance of the year-end to start that business you’ve been thinking about for years?
Keep It Simple
It seems daunting at first (and, actually, it can be), but you can get your business off the ground before 2011 is over. Here are some simple steps you can take right away:
- Register a legal entity, domain name, Twitter handle, Facebook page and email accounts (using your domain).
- Identify your potential/existing customers and the time and money it’ll take to gain more. Who are they? Where are they? Do they need what you are selling? What pains do they have? What problems would they like you to solve? What are they willing to pay for? Don’t be scared, ask them to buy something from you.
- If you really want to fire things up, read this awesome post from Ash Maurya titled How To Vet New Product Ideas and Save Time, Effort and Money.
- Make a time commitment to build your business, whether it’s nights and weekends or weekdays, or all of the above. It’s a cheesy old quote but it’s true – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
For those still talking about a business idea, still thinking about the website and still searching for customers, then you are not a business. You are definitely not IN business. So start today.
Action is what separates the entrepreneurs from the “want-trepreneurs.” Economic factors will never be perfect. There is no such thing as the ideal time to start anything in life. You can never be certain when the “right” time will be. For the most part, it’s fairly cheap and easy to start a business right now. Anything related to the Internet can be done much more quickly and easily than even a few years ago. And it continues to get quicker and cheaper. Do you really want to start and own a business? Entrepreneurship favors those IN MOTION so…