If you are like most aspiring entrepreneurs, you often feel stressed and overwhelmed by the entire business start-up process. You have a great idea, a big dream, you want to see realized but it’s just taking so long to get there. You want to see your amazing vision come to life now, and right now, because everybody needs your products and services today as in yesterday.
The urgency you feel is not uncommon. In fact, these are the exact feelings most of our small business clients have experienced during the initial start-up phase of their own business development. Just like you, they wanted to know how to manage their time effectively to achieve quick start-up success.
After over 15 years’ of partnering with small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, we have observed 3 common traits that are shared by every one of our clients who has experienced quick start-up success.
Strategies for Quick Start-up Success
- Retrain. Aspiring entrepreneurs are usually pulled in many different directions. You often still have several responsibilities and obligations to meet outside of establishing your business start-up. Parents, friends, spouses, kids, and even your church rarely understand your new priorities. You will need to educate them that you no longer have the time and resources to be available as you may once have had. Quick start-up success requires you to retrain those around you to respect the time you now have to redirect to your business. You may need to have several hard conversations with loved ones to relay this message and you most likely will need to remind them often. The faster you can set boundaries, the faster you will realize start-up success.
- Recruit. One way to gain the respect and support you need from those around you is to include them in your plans. You will need all the help you can get. As a bootstrapping entrepreneur, you are probably doing a lot by yourself and have very little capital to hire help. Ask your loved ones to pitch in on business activities. Small kids can hand out flyers. Teens can file paperwork, do internet research, and make phone calls on your behalf. College students can assist with website development, marketing, and even operations. Spouses and friends can be put to work as your sales force. In order to remain competitive and prosper, you will need to hire help for your growing business as soon as possible. Recruiting from your pool of loved ones is surefire way to achieve quick start-up success.
- Recharge. As I said earlier, you are probably doing a lot on your own. You are being pulled in many different directions. You still have commitments and responsibilities outside of your start-up company and you probably have a lot of new, innovative, and amazing ideas running through your mind all the time. This level of activity takes a lot of stamina and can take down even the most gifted athletes among us. What you need is good old-fashioned rest and relaxation. Take the time to take a purposeful pause. A little bit of rest goes a long way. Rediscover the proverbial “me” time by doing something you love and enjoy for at least thirty minutes every day. You can meditate, take a bath, read a good book, or even take a nap! I personally try to take at least 3 unscheduled naps every week and it does wonders for my clarity and creativity. Recharging is really necessary to keep your sanity while building your start-up success.
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed or out of balance in your business? Building Bridges Consulting transforms dreamers into successful entrepreneurs by partnering with you to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you need to be to build a successful, sustainable, and profitable business model. If you are seeking to realize your small business success dream and make money faster than you could on your own, book your FREE strategy session and get started on the right path to quick start-up success today.
We’d also love to hear your thoughts and comments on this article. Please let us know in the comments below if you have used these or any other strategies to achieve quick start-up success.