If you are in the midst of starting a business, you are surely feeling stress, excitement, stress, and maybe even a little more stress. The startup landscape is often harsh, but can be immensely rewarding if you are ready to handle any of the “surprises” that will certainly come up. Here are 5 tips to help you boost your business and eliminate startup stress!
1. Start With A Passion
When starting a business or launching a new product, find something that makes you excited! If you are totally passionate and knowledgeable about your startup, it gives you an edge in the industry and increases your ability to hit the ground running. Starting a business you know nothing about will almost always impede on your success. Let your passion fuel your market research and due diligence.
2. Organize Finances & Find Funding
Starting a business is challenging, and without funding it can be nearly impossible. Work as hard as you can to build a financial cushion that allows for any hefty expenses that may come up during product development. Creating a product that is worthwhile definitely takes time, and having the funds to see you through that stage is a must. A great way to help with funding is to make sure you are avoiding unnecessary costs. Shoot for low overhead and set a budget from the start to help stay you on track. Keep a watchful eye on what you’ve been spending so you don’t run out of cash before you actually see some income.
3. Hire The Right People & Prioritize Customer Service
When you want to make a good impression, providing great customer service always helps - it’s one of the best ways to ensure survival! When you take the time to provide customers with the help and support they need, the referrals and praise will start rolling in. To ensure good customer service, make sure you hire the right people. Many places offer services that can help you screen applicants to ensure they have the proper professional licenses or industry recognized certificates.
4. Embrace Marketing & Public Speaking
Communication is key when it comes to successfully starting a business, and marketing goes right along with it. You may have to step out of your comfort zone for both, but it will all pay off in the end. Good marketing includes communicating about what you are selling, and learning how to speak about your business effectively goes a long way. And don’t forget that good marketing should also include a well designed website, social media, optimizing for search engines, and issuing press releases.
5. Don’t Wait Or It’s Too Late.
While taking time to develop and create a phenomenal product is part of the process, you will learn and be able to improve your product after any initial releases. And more often than not, if you wait too long, someone else will release a similar product before you even jump in the ring. Sometimes it's a fine line between releasing a product or business too soon and risking your opportunity by slowly perfecting it. Many famous startup founders aim for a minimum viable product (MVP) and improve it from there. As entrepreneurial hustler Gary Vaynerchuk says, if you're 50-50 about something then flip a coin and don't look back. If you're 60-40 on something, then don't waste any more time and go all in.
Rachel Libby is a content crafter. She has a passion for writing and providing people with mountains of knowledge. In addition, Rachel also works at Big Leap and enjoys all things marketing and business growth. Speaking of mountains, you can find her exploring the wild terrain of Utah in her quest for adventure and cool Instagram photo opportunities.
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