Starting a new business from scratch is never easy but we’ve truly never had better opportunities then we do now. Especially when it comes to online business. Some great examples of businesses you can start without breaking the bank are things like consulting, affiliate marketing and online course creation.
I came across an awesome article the other day that was titled “business ideas for women” thought that was slightly sexist but it did have some great business ideas for people that are looking to start a part-time side business. Perfect for the person that is living a crazy-busy lifestyle but still wants to start something on the side.
When it comes to startup businesses, there are five essential ingredients to success.
Having Good Timing
Picking the best time to start your company can make a huge difference. Market needs are changing all the time and industry demand can fluctuate quite a lot. The success or failure of competitors is also something to take into account. Even you’re own personal circumstances can have a play in things. If you feel like you won’t be able to put 110% into this new venture then it’s clearly not the best time to get started!
Getting your business plan together and keeping it moving is vital to a startup churning nicely through launch. You want all those cogs to be moving. Too many startups fail because they get stuck in early development phases and never actually get off the ground.
Having a Clean Budget
A big mistake many startup founders make is that they assume that money isn’t an issue as long as they can get a big enough chunk of cash in the bank. This is just plain silly. It’s absolutely VITAL to have a very detailed, well thought out budget that covers all your expenses in your business. If you suck at budgeting then get someone else to do it for you. Every area of the business needs to be covered in terms of budgeting expenses.
This is directly related to the sticking to the budget paragraph I just mentioned above. But It’s more than just that. Building a startup business from the ground up requires discipline in all areas of your life. The best thing to do is to decide on your goals for your days, weeks and months, instead of working by hours. The reality of the situation is that you’ll be putting in plenty of hours at the start. Decide what targets need to be met and force yourself to stick to those targets. Don’t clock out until you’ve completed your daily tasks. The last thing you want to do is to get behind on deadlines you set for yourself.
Flexibility And Versatility
Nothing is consistently true when it comes to startups. It’s the nature of the beast. The beast of unpredictability. You must be prepared to make significant changes in your business if this is what is required. It’s logical that you might struggle to come to terms with making significant changes or even scrapping a business model all together because of the amount of time and effort you put into it. Unfortunately this is how things can transpire with startup businesses. Don’t be afraid to invest your energy into a great business plan but don’t become attached to it. If it needs to be changed you need to scrap it and come up with something better.
This is pretty obvious but it needs to be mentioned because, seriously, you really need money to succeed in a startup. It could be as little as $100k or as much as millions of dollars and there are plenty of ways to get it. Whether it is money you’ve saved yourself or investments from venture capital or a small business loan, figure out the best finance path for your startup and go for it.