10 Tips for Starting and Developing a Successful Business

  1. IDENTIFY THE ISSUE/S YOUR BUSINESS SOLVES

Everyone can start their own business, but not everyone can build a sustainable one. A good way to wade through tons of ideas for a business is to identify a persisting problem or issue you want to solve.

 

  1. SET GOALS

Goals point you to the direction you want to bring your business. When it comes to setting big goals, it’s important to break them down into smaller ones. This allows you to see the specific steps you have to take to reach one small goal. Then after ticking the boxes for a number of small goals, you are well on your way to achieving your big goals.

 

  1. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET MARKET

Figure out who will be needing or wanting the products or services you offer. Choose specific demographics to target. This sets the foundation for learning how to reach out to your target market and determine their buying power.

 

  1. TRY THE PRODUCT OR SERVICE YOURSELF

Wanting to start your own business constitutes a lot of study and research. While learning can take many forms, firsthand experience is one of the best ways to go about choosing the right products and services to include in your business.

 

  1. DEVELOP A POSITIVE MONEY MINDSET

Having a positive money mindset takes work. Neglecting to recognize this may badly affect your decision-making. When you have a positive money mindset, your mind is trained to welcome business opportunities instead of worrying about possible roadblocks.

 

  1. KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF DELEGATING

You may own the business but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself! Finding capable (or exceptional) people to help you run the biz is more than just getting another pair of hands. As great as you are, you’ll be surprised to see that there are people out there who can remarkably do the work that just isn’t in your list of forte.

 

  1. VISUALIZE YOUR NUMBERS

We get it, numbers can be overwhelming. Presenting them in a visualized manner though, you will get past the fear of having to understand long list of numbers. You can even make them work for you by letting it point you to causes of failure or areas of opportunity.

 

  1. LEARN HOW TO SCALE

Learning how to scale means knowing when to adjust certain aspects of your business depending on changes you encounter. Is your workspace still viable for preparing the products? Are your stocks enough to meet customer demand? How does the upcoming holidays affect your market?

 

  1. KEEP PEOPLE INTERESTED

Loss of interest can mean loss of sales. Getting people to stay interested in what you offer sometimes require a creative touch. It pays to bring something new and timely on the table without veering away from the true nature of your business. Do a trial run. Make a teaser. Do giveaways. Collaborate with other businesses. The idea is to make people talk about your business.

 

  1. DEFINE YOUR OWN SUCCESS AND HAVE FUN

Subscribing to other people’s idea of what success is can be harmful and discouraging. Just like how we experience happiness, it’s different for everyone. If a certain idea of success pushes you to have a super busy schedule to the point where you lose time for family, friends, or even yourself – is it really worth it? Only you can answer that. But whatever you decide on, don’t forget to have fun and take care of the life you have outside of work. As we sometimes forget, our state of mind often radiates in everything we do. So, ask yourself. What kind of energy or mood do you want to impart to your business?

I’m Julie Ball, Founder of Sparkle Hustle Grow. My team and I use this blog to share our favorite business tips, introduce you to thought leaders in our community and to feature products from SHG boxes.

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