Monday, August 11, 2014

Starting a Business Alone

No Team, No Problem!
For me, starting a business was something I've always wanted to do since I was about 11 years old. I first got the idea to be a business woman watching my mom do taxes, writing checks to pay bills and make phone calls. She has a lot of business acumen, which is neccessary to be a good mom and wife, so she set a good example. She made it all look so easy and actually fun.
When I told her I wanted to be a business woman someday, she was super supportive and helped me get my ideas written out. My initial business idea was to have a one stop-shop wedding planning/dress boutique business. That business idea has since morphed into a few things over the years. Like when I was 13, I wanted to become a fashion designer when I grew up.
When I was in my 20s I wanted to travel the world and find really cool stuff to sell in a shop. Also starting a production company was another big idea since I went to college for communications/TV production. I had tons more ideas, but I settled on fashion styling since it doesn't require any over head or much expensive equipment aside from a supply kit. It combines my love of fashion, shopping, creativity and bit of media production too!
All of which brings me to starting AND running a business alone. It wasn't daunting to me at first. But when I realized I needed other people in order to make things happen it became stressful trying to figure everything out.
And it took about 2 years to figure everything out.

Here's what I came up with.
1. Rome Wasn't Built in a Day: Neither will my business or having the right support team and that's ok. I have to work with the resources and knowledge I currently have.

2. Seeking Support from Non-Supporters: This has been the trickiest part for me. My so-called friends who stepped forward to "help and support" are nowhere to be found, when it comes down to it. It took me a long time to be ok with that. The fact is, some people mean well (in the moment), some people are just disingenuous with pretending to care when they don't. As a business person I've learned that I just need to disregard people who say they'll help until they actually step up to do something!

3. Seek Real Support Systems: Real support systems include family and I'm so blessed to have all of them support me. Business networking groups and business counselors at the Smaller Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives). Business workshops, business fairs and expos. All of the above are great places to find REAL support that will follow through.

4. Use as Many FREE Resources That are Available: Check out books/magazines from the library, university events/lectures open to the public, library and local city events, Meetup groups, online videos, Facebook groups, social media, blogs, websites, business support programs etc. There are so many FREE resources to be had that are just waiting for you.

5. Invest in Paid Resources: Sometimes you'll have to pay and that's ok. Just research to find the most worthwhile investments that suit your needs. This included books, magazine subscriptions, business consulting, conferences, workshops, continuing education classes etc.

What are some of your trials and triumphs when starting your business? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, take care!

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