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ENTREPRENEURSHIP / JUL. 14, 2014
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How to Start Your Own Business With No Work Experience

Starting your own business is a bold and exciting career step. Not everyone that develops a successful business has a related degree or extensive experience. Sometimes all you need is an idea. Well, an idea and the motivation and drive to make it work.

Entrepreneurship can be an incredible journey. A good idea creates a solid foundation, but how you execute that idea is what counts. You can start a successful business without any experience. In order to do so, you need to believe in your idea, seek advice, adapt to feedback, and ultimately strive to reach and maintain your goals.

Benefits of Having Your Own Business

There’s a reason why approximately 600,000 new businesses are founded each year. Having your own business is not only rewarding both personally and professionally, but allows many individuals the freedom they desire. The following reasons explain why starting your own business is a positive in the eyes of many:

  1. You’re in Control: A large portion of business owners can be considered Type-A personalities. They like to make decisions and have control over those decisions. Basically, you do not need to answer to anyone else. You are in complete control regarding the direction you’d like to take. When you’re in the driver’s seat, day-to-day decisions can steer your business into a world of success. If you’re someone that thrives while in control, starting a business may be right up your alley.
  2. Maintaining a Positive Work/Life Balance: When you start your own business, you benefit from the flexibility that comes along with it. You can create your schedule, focusing on the aspects of your life that are most important. If your child has an upcoming piano recital, no problem. You are able to focus on your top priorities, balancing your business and home life. Many even get family members involved in their business, working around the people they love the most.
  3. Choose Your Staff: When you hire a family member, that is your choice. You have the freedom to choose your staff. This is one of the best aspects, because you create a positive environment. You don’t need to deal with any creepy guys in the office. If you don’t like your co-workers you’re in control, make the changes you desire. The most beneficial part of hiring friends and family is they truly care about your success. They will provide you with the confidence and support you need. When your team has your best interests in mind, you’re much more likely to be successful.
  4. Make Your Passion a Reality: Many entrepreneurs have been stuck in jobs that they despised. If you’re in sales but your passion lies in building custom furniture, why are you still behind that desk? Starting a business allows you to follow your passion. When you love what you do, it’s not really work at all. We spend a large portion of our lives working. Why not spend that time doing something that you enjoy?

Starting a Business With No Experience

Starting your own business sounds great, as it offers many benefits. Then again, if it’s so great then why isn’t everyone running their own business? Although you do not need experience to start a business, you do need to give it your all. Starting a business is hard work. You need to take the proper steps, ensuring the success of your company. The following steps are a guide to help you reach your business goals.

Step One: Start With an Idea

Before you start a business, you’ll need an idea. Think about common problems, do you have a solution? Your idea should be a product or service that the public can benefit from. It does not necessarily need to solve a problem, it can be a product or service that simply enriches the lives of others.

When you come up with your idea, you will probably be more than excited. That’s great! Enthusiasm is essential, as you need to believe in your idea and run with it. Although an idea is essential, it’s what you do with that idea that creates a successful business. Without your hard work and perseverance, an idea will remain an idea.

Step Two: Start Developing Your Idea

When you really get behind an idea, it can be tempting to fantasize about the potential future ahead. The fact is, you’re currently in the present. You need to focus on small steps, creating the best possible chance for your idea to develop and grow.

Start from the very beginning. Research is essential, get to know the industry you’re about to embark on. What does the market look like at this current time? What has worked and what hasn’t? Look at companies that are in the same line of work. You need to focus on your prospective competition.

You need to create a business plan; this is crucial. Make sure it is highly thorough, researching and reaching out to those who can assist you. This guide is an amazing resource when you’re creating a business plan. Your business plan will include:

  • The purpose of your business. What are the main objectives? What do you plan to achieve?
  • A description of your product or service. What are you offering your potential customers? How does this better their life? Is there a demand for this product or service?
  • Will you be creating this business alone? Will you have a partner?
  • Look at the industry, is it currently growing? What direction is it heading in?
  • What do you offer that your competitors don’t? You need to find your edge and competitive advantage.
  • What is your estimated growth? Where will your business potentially be next year? What about in five years?
  • Make a list of your goals that are both short- and long-term.
  • Marketing is an essential aspect of your business. How will you promote your business? Utilize the growing world of social media. We are now able to reach more people than ever.

What will you charge for your product and service? When pricing your product or service, don’t just make up a price that you think is fair. That is irresponsible and not effective in terms of a successful plan. What does your product or service cost you? Factor in labour as well, is your product highly labour intensive? You need to turn a profit, focus on what your profit margin will be.

How will your customers access your service or product? Are you planning to go into retail and have online sales? A website is a great way to not only sell your product or service, but promote it.

Although the big picture is appealing, you need to focus on steps that are small and thorough. Start making lists of what needs to be done. If you have little knowledge regarding a certain aspect of your idea, solve that issue. Reach out to people you know who do have experience. You can potentially hire a specialist, building your knowledge and essentially your business.

Step Three: Give It Your All

Although knowledge and experience can lack, a strong work ethic cannot. You need to be persistent, energetic, and get down to work. Stay highly enthusiastic, pushing your idea towards success.

Work fast and work hard. Remember, you get to choose your own schedule. Put in a couple extra hours each night. If you’re at the stage where your family can help, make it an activity to spend some time together. Perhaps you’re ready to experiment with packaging. Get friends and family involved, asking for their honest opinions.

When it comes to starting your own business you need be a visionary that is willing to be wrong. Not every idea is going to work, and that’s okay! Take the feedback you receive and use that information to strengthen your business idea. Feedback should be used to your advantage. If something about your idea is not working, it’s not working! Drop that aspect of your idea and find a new solution. What would work better? It’s all about adapting, creating the best possible outcome.

Creating and developing your own business is possible, even with little or no experience. You can reach your goals through effective planning, hard work, and a positive outlook. You need to take all of the required small steps in order to achieve the ’big picture.’ If you miss small steps, it may be detrimental to your business. You can succeed, believe in your business by working hard and developing your idea. If you put in the correct time and effort, a good idea can turn into a remarkable future.

 

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