Thinking of starting a business? 3 tips to help you take the next step

So you’ve been thinking about starting a business…

That’s awesome! There is something incredibly fulfilling about building something from the ground up.
I’ve been where you are, it starts with an idea then that idea begins to evolve, the next thing you know you’re envisioning a business. Then comes the questions:

  • Can I do this?
  • Should I do this?
  • What about money?
  • Is this really a good idea?
  • Where do I start? And on and on…

Sound familiar?

There are a few things that have worked for me and helped me move from thinking about starting a business one day, to actually doing it. I thought I’d share three with you in this post:

1. Get your ideas out of your head and on to paper

Don’t worry about structuring your ideas just get them out of your head and on to paper, and I literally mean good old fashioned pen and paper. I use a blank page journal that I literally take everywhere with me, so that when I get an idea I can write it down and capture it immediately.

Scientifically we can only hold a few things in our short-term memories at once, so when you try and process all your ideas in your head without getting them out, it can often result in stress, frustration and ultimately not getting anywhere fast. There is something about physically writing down your ideas that helps your brain process and build on the ideas that you have.

2. Protect your ideas

Birthing a business has some comparisons to birthing a baby, t’s a seed that needs to be protected, fed and nurtured before it makes an appearance into the real world. Ideas are fragile, share them with the wrong people or birth them prematurely and you can kill what could have been a great business before it’s even off the ground.

Before you begin sharing your ideas widely or begin the process of building a business, clarify the vision in your own mind:

• What do you want to achieve, what is the end goal?

• What will success look like to you?

• What services or products do you want to provide?

• Why do you want to start a business?

You don’t have to have all the details or know all the answers but you do need a rough idea of the business you want to create. I see many budding business owners like you, seek advice too early. The result is that you can end up building a business based on someone else’s vision and not your own, only to wake up one day and realise the business you’ve built isn’t actually the one you wanted.

3. Turn the volume down on those doubts

We all have doubts it’s only natural, but if you’re ever going to move from a great idea to a great business, you have to block out those doubts, feel the fear and do it anyway!

If you need a sounding board to help you process your ideas and mould them into a viable business concept then get in touch.

As a coach my role isn’t to tell you what to do but to draw out the answers you already have within you, you are the best architect of your business, and you are the expert when it comes to realising your vision. Sometimes we just need a cheerleader for the journey!