If you have never had your own business before, then how do you KNOW what you need to set up? How do you KNOW what processes and procedures you will need along the way? Well, in short, you probably don’t know right at that start and it will only be a few months in that you are able to properly think through what will be required and what will work for you.
With that in mind, be careful that you do not take the first options offered to you by new contacts eg for 10,000 leaflets with your address and tel number on....and then you decide to move or change number and they are wasted! Or perhaps purchasing software for your computer but a few months down the line, it isn’t quite what you need.
Where possible then, take your time and explore all options. Make lots of contacts who can provide you with useful services, support or training. Learn from others in your profession or from others who have been in business longer than you and chat about common solutions to problems that won’t cost you money. It is SO easy to spend, spend, spend when you first set up, thinking that that is the way to go about it.
When you feel confident that you have got your processes right, then document them. Make sure that all steps are in place and then they won’t get forgotten about, including nice touches like thanking your customers on a regular basis.
There are lots of people (including Mission Accomplished!) who can help you think through your processes and procedures to ensure you are not duplicating effort and that your business is as efficient as possible. Don’t reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to!
Member since: 28th January 2009
Hi. I am Pam, live in Lichfield and have my own business, helping people sort out stuff that they need help with. It keeps me busy and it's great that I am able to help others, whether it be de-cluttering...