It’s something that quite a few people are doing at the moment.
However, if you’re leaving employment to start a business, you face an immediate challenge.
What should you be doing each day if your business is going to succeed?
There’s no shortage of tasks you could focus on, but the question is:
Which are the right tasks?
Managing Your First Month In Business
It’s early days but when you’ve left employment and you’re still getting used to being in business you will struggle with your scheduling. That’s a shame because there are make-or-break activities that need working on.
- You need to think about who you serve and how you serve them.
- You need to think carefully about who you’re going to do business with and how you’re going to get your first piece of business.
- You need to think about how you’re going to promote your business so that it will grow.
- You need to think about how – exactly – you’re going to make sales.
That’s as well as doing all the things that land on your plate every day.
How will you decide what to work on and what to put to one side?
Starting A Business The Smart Way
You need a plan and a timetable that will make sure you don’t neglect what really matters in your business.
You can find a list of vital 21 activities to complete in your first month in business by clicking on the link below.
Leaving Employment To Start A Business
You’ll also find guidance on how to help yourself to get the right things done.
The advice is taken from The Solo Success Start-Up Guide by Margaret Adams.
I’ve been adding to my list of 100 tips for people who are starting a consulting business.
One of the things that is really important is to decide on your legal status. I wrote a post about this.
Decide what your legal status is going to be.
Should you set up a company, work as a sole trader and so on?
I then moved on to think about the business name you choose. I set out options.
Choose the right name for your business.
The post on the choice of name has proven to be popular.
Then I moved on to writing about a virtual business card. I have one and I find it very helpful.
Here’s a view of my virtual business card.
Create a virtual business card.
The text on the right of the card says:
Our websites . . .
Our site for consultants and organisations delivering professional services is:
The first ten tips relate directly to the earliest days of your consulting business.
- How to quit your job gracefully and professionally
- Take advantage of available support.
- Don’t work alone!
- Your USP is …
- Keep control of your website.
The first tip is self-explanatory. You need to leave your job in a professional manner. Close the doors behind you. Don’t slam them.
The second tip is about being aware of the support that is out there to help people starting businesses. Amazingly lots of people starting new businesses really do try to go it alone.
The third tip emphasises this point further. The key elements of this post are:
- Find other businesses in the same position as yourself. Talk to their owners. Share knowledge and solutions to problems. You’ll make progress faster as a result.
- Join a networking group, or maybe more than one. This will help you to maintain contact with businesses at all stages of their development. It could also mean you have access to valuable training at minimal cost.
- Find a mastermind group. That is join forces with other people in business and discuss business issues with them.
The fourth tip is about your USP – and the fact that you probably haven’t worked out what yours is as yet. This is not a problem because there are other ways of working on this issue.
The fifth tip is an exhortation to get things right about the web from the start by using a content management system such as WordPress to make sure that you can update your site when you want.
The next five tips will also be about those early days in consulting.
I’m making progress with the one hundred tips for people starting a consulting business.
The first tip was called:
How to quit your job gracefully and professionally.
It’s important to part with your old life on good terms, so I wrote this post.
It’s become a popular post.
The second tip was:
Take advantage of available support.
Lots of people just don’t do this. They try to go it alone. Many fail as a result.
I recommend new consultants find out just what offers and initiatives are available.
The third tip was:
Don’t work alone!
I recommended people who are starting a consulting business to:
- find other businesses in the same position as themselves
- join relevant business networking groups
- find a mastermind group.
The fourth tip was:
Starting A Consulting Business – Your USP is . . .
I like talking about this because I argue that businesses don’t need USPs. They need unique buying propositions.
So the series is taking shape.
It will carry on building over the coming weeks.
I called the first of the tips tip zero.
That means there will be one hundred and one in the end.
You can find tip zero here.
Just started a new series of posts for people starting a consulting business.
Starting A Consulting Business