So, the time has come, and you want to finally free yourself from the cycle of 9-5 work on someone else’s time, and start up your own business. You’ve got a clear vision of what you want to do and who you want to be, you know the industry like the back of your hand, you’ve even come up with a five-year plan. Everything looks set for launching your small business. But, whether you’re about to branch out on your own as a freelance business writer, or anything else, there are a few things that you should do before throwing yourself directly into the fray and getting started. Here are a few things to do before launching your small business.
WORK OUT SUPPLY AND OTHER LOGISTICS
Depending on the type of business you’re starting up, you may not need to give much, if any thought, to logistical concerns. An affiliate marketer, for example, has no stock to worry about, no office space or physical premises to deal with, and really no special requirements at all.
For many other types of business, however, there will be serious logistical considerations which you’ll need to pay some attention to and resolve in the best way possible before you “open your doors” to the public.
If, for example, your business depends on a steady and reliable supply of gas in order for its operations to continue uninhibited, you do not want to open shop only to have to put everything on hold for a week due to a supply issue.
In this case, developing a working relationship in advance with a company like Supagas can be invaluable.
TAKE STEPS TO BECOME EXTREMELY DISCIPLINED WITH YOUR TIME-MANAGEMENT
When you’re your own boss, you really need to be your own boss. Think about that sentence for a moment. It doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, skip work when you feel like it, modify your schedule depending on the whim of the day, and so on. It means that you need to hold yourself accountable, and you need to keep your nose to the grindstone.
To a major extent, this means you must become extremely disciplined with your time-management, and must not allow yourself to cut corners.
Whether that means establishing a daily writing schedule, time-blocking your day on Google Calendar, or anything else, do what you’ve got to in order to keep things moving forward in a structured manner.
GET YOUR WORKSPACE ORGANISED AND READY
If you are going to have an office or shopfront that’s open to the public, or at least, to professional contacts, then you likely already grasp the importance of making sure that this space is organised and ready before you open your doors.
But even if you’re working from home, and no one’s going to see your “office”, you need to ensure that your workspace is organised and can support your professional efforts rather than provide a distraction.
Organise everything in your home office meticulously, too. And ensure that you have the right psychological cues in place to remind you that it’s time for “work” rather than “play”. Contributed Content