Now in its 8th year, Global Entrepreneurship Week continues to shine a spotlight on enterprise across the globe. Use this year’s event to start a business with help from Enterprise Nation founder and StartUp expert, Emma Jones. Click here to book your ticket. Here she offers 5 steps to become your own boss and announces the biggest StartUp event of the week.
Starting a business will be one of the best things you ever do. With self-employment comes the freedom and flexibility to work how you like and with whom you like! Here are 5 steps to get you started.
1. What’s the idea?
Every business starts with an idea. What’s yours? In coming up with an idea for a business, ask yourself three questions;
2. Make a plan
A business plan acts as your routemap and writing it will help confirm how you move from where you are now, to where you want the business to be The plan does not have to be long and it’s easy to remember what to include as it spells I’M OFF:
With plan in hand, your sense of direction is confirmed.
3. Make sales
You’re not in business until you’re making sales! Start selling to friends and then widen the network through selling online, considering template sites such as Moonfruit, Wix and Weebly, or make sales on powerful marketplaces such as Etsy, eBay and Notonthehighstreet.com. Deliver the product or service on time and in budget to ensure customers keep coming back!
4. Get known
Increase sales and profile through getting known. Achieve this by reaching out to local and target media with the story of what makes you special and embrace social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc) to reach customers and contacts across the globe. Agree to speak at events, enter Awards, host events and take steps to quickly become an expert in your field. Soon journalists will be knocking on your door asking for comment.
Repeat the above steps to stay in business and try to balance your precious time by dividing it across three key tasks; business development and making sales, taking care of existing customers and staying on top of company admin. Before you know it, you’ll be a fully fledged business owner and by this time next year advising other StartUps on how to get going!
Attend the biggest StartUp Saturday during Global Entrepreneurship Week and pick up all these tips and more in person from Emma and the Enterprise Nation team. Click here to book your ticket today. www.enterprisenation.com/startupsaturday
Emma Jones is Founder of Enterprise Nation and author of best selling books including 'Spare Room StartUp, 'Working 5 to 9', 'Go Global' and 'The StartUp Kit'
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