Without a doubt, starting your own business is tough. You’ll struggle with self-doubt, fight off the impostor syndrome and face uncertainty. You’ll take on clients you wish you hadn’t. You’ll work very long hours, including your weekends. You probably won’t earn much money. And your family and friends won’t understand what you’re doing, although this won’t stop them offering you advice. But by the end of the first year, if you’ve followed a clear and consistent plan, your business should have gained enough momentum to start taking off. So here are our 5 top tips for thriving when starting your business in 2015…
1. Find your passion. If you already know what you want to do, great, now go out and decide to do it. If you haven’t found your passion yet, start with the things that you know you are good at. Give a few things a try and see what sticks and what doesn’t. It’s okay to try and fail. Those are usually what will lead you directly to what you are looking for.
2. Don’t quit your day job. Remember that there are bills to pay, so call out to everyone you know for support. You might need to keep a part time job while getting your dream in order. Without the proper support in place, you may find yourself frustrated in doing other things. One of the biggest stealers of creativity is spending all of your energy shuffling to get the bills paid. Don’t let that happen.
3. Do your research. Learn just what it takes to become successful at your business. Study others who have done it well. Ask a lot of questions. Don’t let one stone go unturned before seeing all the good, bad and ugly of the business. Get really specific details and engage in the step by step process of the entire game.
4. Focus on your goal. You may have to spend all your free time on your business, but thats okay. You can decide. Not to go out with friends, not drinking, etc. Keeping focused will show you who your loved ones really are and if they are supportive.
5. Don’t just dream, Do! Make sure that you are always taking steps towards your vision. Even if they are baby steps, at least they are steps in the right direction. Another great tidbit of advice: Focus on finding your core mission statement and keeping all steps in line with that vision. If a step you are taking isn’t in line with your goal, don’t go that way. Make sure you take one step every single day.