Motivation Monday!

When I first told people that I wanted to start my own business I was met with polite but not so polite laughter as well as the, “Oh, honey, you need to get a real job.” So needless to say I can empathize with small business owners when it comes to the neigh sayers because the sad truth is that not everyone is going to be your cheerleader.

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Now, when you encounter these neigh sayers you can do one of two things. You can slam that friendship door right in their face. Or, you can ignore them and do what you want anyway. I chose to do the latter.

Fortunately, on the path to opening your own business you are bound to meet likeminded people who will cheer you on and vice versa. Stick with that crowd because believe me you’ll be better off. There’s a quote by Farrah Grey which I believe wholeheartedly, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

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If you’re like me and you read this quote you’ll get really excited and won’t be able to sit still. Guess what that means.

You are meant to open your own business.

If you’re excited every morning to get to work on your business

You are meant to open your own  business.

Forget the statistics and the neigh sayers. If you have an idea, the market is in need of your niche focused business, and you have butterflies in your stomach

You were meant to open your own business.

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So, how do you get started?

First, you should figure out why you’re doing what you’re doing.

For example, I want my business to connect small businesses with each other. You can be as vague or as specific as you want but this will come in handy later when you’re writing your mission statement.

Secondly, you should write a business plan.

This is a vital step because a business plan is a synopsis of the potential of your business and it can also be what convinces someone to fund or not fund your idea.

Thirdly, social media is a must.

However, it’s best to focus on one or two platforms at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed by underwhelming results. For example, because it has a business page and is the most popular social media platform thus far, most businesses start with FaceBook.

It’s great to figure out why you’re starting your business and experiment with social media. But, writing a business plan is one of if not the most important step in starting a small business.

 

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