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This Is What You Need to Know about Writing a Business Plan

To create a successful small business from home, it helps to start with a business plan.

Of course, drafting such a document when you don’t have any experience doing so can seem like a challenge. How long should it be? What information should it include? Do you follow the plan consistently, or do you adjust it?

The information here should help simplify the process and help you better understand what essential information to include in an early draft.

 

Keep It Short

The initial business plan can be a “mini-plan” you use to develop a more thorough document in the future. The ideal length for a mini-plan is about 10 pages.

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When you’re satisfied with your mini-plan, you can expand on it to create a longer working plan that you’ll refer to during regular operations. This is important if you hire others and need them to be familiar with your goals and essential processes. However, when you’re just starting out, you can simply use your mini-plan as a basic tool.

 

Describe the Company

The business plan should begin with a section in which you describe exactly what product or service your company offers. You may think this is a simple concept you don’t need to put down on paper. However, as you flesh out the details, you’ll realize that’s not the case.

For example, perhaps you’re starting a freelance graphic design business. That’s a broad category. Are you going to design the visual elements of websites? Book covers? Albums? Company logos? Odds are good you’re going to focus on certain markets. Use the description of your company to determine specifically what those markets are.

It’s also smart to describe how your company differs from others. Why will a client choose you when they could go with another option? This exercise helps you identify the ways your business can stand out.

 

Analyze the Market

Your small business is much more likely to succeed if you take the time to analyze the market first. Identify and describe who your clients or customers will be. Explain where you’ll find them.

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Keep in mind that the nature of your business will have an impact on this section’s content. If you’re offering graphic design for websites, you can target clients throughout the world. If you’re focusing on graphic design for small local businesses, your market analysis should reflect this.

A crucial element of the market analysis involves studying what your successful competitors do right, as well as what they can improve on. This also helps you identify ways to stand out from the competition.

 

Calculate Funding Requirements

Calculate how much money you’ll probably need to spend on your business in the early stages. Then calculate how much funding you currently have. You can also account for funding you expect to generate, but be conservative in your estimates. This part of your business plan is simply a practical element that will help you avoid financial surprises as you start and grow your company.

You might also want to include a funding request. If you think you’ll need help from investors to get your business off the ground, use your financial projections to estimate how much funding you’ll need. Include ideas for how you’ll secure it. That may involve approaching a bank or someone with the capital you need for a loan.

Keep in mind, as you expand on your business plan and develop future iterations of it, it could be a good idea to create a separate presentation plan designed specifically to attract investors.

 

Outline Marketing Strategies

A strong marketing strategy should have its own document. That said, your business plan should include some basic information about marketing.

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Once you’ve described your business and the clients you intend to serve, you need to also decide how you plan on getting the attention of potential clients. This element of the plan is where you explain general ideas for reaching out to those interested in your products or services.

 

Organization of the Business

This element may not be necessary if you’re the only one involved in the business and expect it to remain that way for the foreseeable future. However, if your business will consist of a multimember team, create a chart that illustrates management’s organizational structure

This can help you more effectively grow the business when you do add new employees or departments. Knowing the overall structure helps you identify who manages who in the business.

Again, these are just the basics, but they’ll get you started. Refer to your business plan and build upon it as you build your company. You’re much more likely to succeed if you actively maintain and develop a strong roadmap.

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This Is How You Can Design the Perfect Home Office

Starting a home business naturally involves, well, working from home.

This isn’t as easy as it sounds for some people. Many people find that, even if they’re productive at an office, remaining disciplined enough to build and grow a business from home is a challenge. It’s no secret that your environment can have a major effect on your willingness to buckle down and get work done.

That’s why it’s important to optimize your home office. Creating an environment that’s conducive to work will help you focus and ultimately grow your business much more efficiently. In order to do so, keep the following tips in mind:

 

Select the Ideal Space

If you have a spare bedroom or a room that’s being used for storage, these will obviously be the best choices for your home office. However, not everyone has an extra room—and that’s OK. You can still design a functional, comfortable home office even if you don’t have a whole room to devote to it. Whatever space you’re working with, it helps to keep certain guidelines in mind.

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First, you may be tempted to use a corner of your bedroom as your home office. For some people, this can work well because the bedroom is quieter than other rooms and typically doesn’t see much foot traffic. However, consider carefully. For many people, the bedroom is the one room that’s devoted primarily to relaxation, so you may be tempted to relax when you’re actually trying to work. Similarly, it will be difficult to switch off at the end of the day if you use your bedroom as a place to get tasks done.

You should also try to find a space that has enough room for all the equipment and materials you’ll need. Lack of organization can overwhelm some people, making it difficult to get started on a project. You’ll find it’s easier to focus on your work if all the items you need are accessible, so make sure to choose a spot where you can fit a desk big enough for all your work necessities.

Of course, it’s also important to limit distractions as much as possible. Try not to have a TV in your home office, and try not to choose a room where other tasks may distract you. For instance, some people think they’ll enjoy working in their dining room, only to find that being too close to the kitchen makes it too easy to focus on unrelated tasks, like cleaning or cooking.

 

Optimize Your Comfort

Well-designed offices are created with comfort in mind. You may not feel this is the case at your office, but there’s a good chance the layout is at least supposed to facilitate an environment where people can comfortably stay at their desks for long periods of time. That’s not always the case in a home office. People don’t realize how certain factors can boost their discomfort and impact their productivity.

For example, you want to make sure you’re seated in a chair that lets you rest your feet on the floor or another supporting surface. It’s also important to ensure your computer screen is at eye level or a little below, and that your keyboard rests at an angle where your forearms are parallel to the floor. If you can justify the expense, purchasing an ergonomic chair (the kind you might find in an actual office) with proper back support can yield productivity gains that offset the cost.

 

Focus on Lighting

Building a business takes time. Thus, you may be working longer hours than you expected at first. That’s a good reason to combine different sources of light.

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During the day, natural light may be enough to illuminate the space, and it’s typically the most pleasant to work in. An open window can also offer a relaxing and rejuvenating view when you need to take breaks.

On the other hand, you can’t rely on natural light if you’re working after the sun sets. One small lamp might also fail to provide sufficient lighting for your needs. If you can afford it, opt to purchase a few floor or table lamps rather than rely on the harsh, built-in overhead lighting common in many homes. These lamps provide softer light that’s easier on the eyes.

 

Limit Interruptions from Friends and Family

Not everyone has the luxury of complete isolation when they work from home. If you can’t afford childcare, for instance, you may have to accept the fact that your child will interrupt your work from time to time.

That said, you should strive to limit interruptions as much as possible. For example, if you have a pet that doesn’t need much supervision, consider closing the door so they can’t come in and distract you. Let older family members know they should only interrupt you if the issue is something they’d also interrupt you about if you worked in a traditional office setting.

You may need to explain this concept more than once to some family and friends—many people will believe that because you’re at home, you can drop your work at any time to chitchat, run an errand, or do them a favor. Explain that your work time is devoted to just that—work—and that while you determine your own schedule and can certainly take breaks, you can’t just skip out whenever. Multitasking is a myth, after all. You’ll never complete a project if you can’t devote longer, uninterrupted periods of time to it.

Experiment with different layouts and space options when designing your home office. Your first idea may not be your best. However, this is something that’s worth getting right, since your environment impacts your productivity. You want to be sure you’ve created a home office that’s ideal for growing your business.

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This Is How to Stay Dedicated When Growing a Home Business

It’s no secret that starting a small business from home can be challenging. While the experience is often rewarding in the long run, it’s easy to get discouraged during the early stages. This is especially true if you have a day job. Trying to grow a business after spending hours at another job takes a lot of energy. On top of that, because you don’t have the full work day to focus on your business, growing a client list can be very difficult. These are all reasons many would-be entrepreneurs give up before accomplishing their goals.

This doesn’t have to happen to you. Although there are many steps people can take to stay committed to their business idea at the start, the following list of general tips is essential. Each business is different, and thus, the best way to maintain enthusiasm can vary from one case to another. These points, however, apply to virtually anyone trying to grow a business from home:

 

Choose Something You Care about.

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Some people are extremely lucky. They can grow thriving home businesses doing the kind of work they legitimately enjoy. For instance, if you enjoy creating visual art, you could create a graphic design business. Eventually, you may spend the vast majority of your work days on the kinds of tasks you find rewarding. The fact that you earn a living doing so is essentially an added bonus.

It’s great if you can start a business doing something you love. However, not everyone in the world is passionate about an activity that qualifies as work. Additionally, some people may be passionate about activities that can’t be translated into a business model.

This doesn’t mean you can’t find fulfillment in what you’re doing. It simply means you should focus on growing a business that pertains to something you care about. For example, maybe you genuinely care about certain social issues and want to grow a marketing business for nonprofits devoted to addressing those issues. The actual work itself might be tedious to you if you were doing marketing for other types of clients, but because you care about your clients’ goals, you would find enough enjoyment in growing this business to stick with it through the difficult times.

 

Find a Business Partner.

As this blog has pointed out before, a business partner can be a key asset in many ways. This person can provide funding, offer talents and skills you may lack, and help you find clients.

He or she can also serve as a motivator when you’re thinking about disbanding your business and going back to focusing on your day job. If you start to feel your passion for the business waning, maybe your partner will have enough enthusiasm left to lift you back up. Further, when you work with a business partner, you’re responsible not only to yourself, but someone else. Regardless of whether that person is a family member or a friend, you’ll be less likely to abandon your business early if someone important to you is also invested in it.

 

Study Examples.

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From Apple to Spanx, there are many examples of major brands that started as small home businesses. There are also plenty of thriving local companies that, although they may not be household names throughout the world, serve as proof that it’s possible to turn a struggling business into a major enterprise.

If you study the real history of these examples, you’ll often find that a few truths remain constant. One of them is the fact that few businesses become overnight successes. Once a company achieves a certain degree of success, that achievement tends to be what most people focus on. Dig deeper, however, and you’ll find that many leading businesses struggled for a long time in their early years.

 

Getting this kind of operation off the ground is always difficult. You shouldn’t assume you’ll never achieve the success you’re aiming for simply because it initially eludes you. Instead, you should refer to businesses you admire to remind yourself that it takes a lot of time and effort to reach your goals. If you’re willing to put in the work, then eventually you may reap the rewards.

Again, these are general tips. Each person’s specific situation is different. However, regardless of what kind of business you’re growing, there’s a good chance you’ll go through a phase in which you may wonder if you’ll ever be successful. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be much less likely to let those thoughts discourage you.

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8 Tips to Fight Loneliness When Working from Home

For many entrepreneurs, running a business out of their home is a dream come true. The choice to operate a home-based company comes with perks like a flexible schedule, lower operating costs, and the ability to quickly scale the enterprise up or down, but the opportunity also comes with challenges.

One of the biggest challenges faced by professionals who have a home-based business (or anyone who primarily works from home) is the feeling of loneliness that can come from working in solitude. The lack of social interaction that often accompanies working from home or operating a home-based business can negatively impact your productivity and reduce your job satisfaction. To combat the effects of loneliness, consider the following helpful tips for keeping your spirits up when you’re working from home:

 

  1. Schedule breaks into your day.

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Split up your day with breaks to clear your mind and keep yourself feeling positive about your work. Getting out of your home office and staying away from your computer and phone during these breaks is a great way to recharge and come back to your work fresh after working inside alone for a prolonged period of time. It can also be a good idea during your breaks to chat with any neighbors or family that may be around at the time to give yourself some socialization. Some professionals recommend a small break every hour and a half or so, while others suggest taking smaller breaks with one hour-long or two-hour-long break midday.

 

  1. Establish an exercise routine.

Getting into the habit of daily exercise can elevate your mood and offer another way to break up solitary periods during your workday, especially if you participate in regular group exercise classes or just work out on a machine at the gym. While exercise represents a time commitment, it both helps combat the effects of working a sedentary job while also providing an opportunity to socialize.

 

  1. Change your environment.

Boredom and monotony may contribute to feelings of increased loneliness, but these feelings can be reduced if you change up your office or workspace every once in a while. This can mean moving your laptop to another area of your home some days, such as the patio, or by taking your work to a public place where you can access WiFi, such as a coffee shop, library, or restaurant. Even if you don’t interact directly with many people when you work in public, just being around others can make you feel less lonely. Overall, changing your location can add novelty to your days and stave off feelings of boredom and disconnection.

 

  1. Communicate digitally.

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While you shouldn’t make a habit of spending excessive time on social media during the workday, taking time over the course of the day to have small, thoughtful online interactions with friends and family can help you feel more connected. Have a chat with a friend during the day when you begin to feel lonely, but make sure you set parameters ahead of time for how long and how often you can chat without slowing your productivity. When it’s time to get off social media and concentrate, you should be able to train all of your focus on your work.

 

  1. Add audio to your office.

Just because you operate a business alone from home doesn’t mean that you need to spend your day in total silence. Consider playing music softly in the background while you work; if you’re easily distracted, try classical or any other genre of music without lyrics, or songs with lyrics in a language you don’t understand. You might also turn on an upbeat TV show in another room to create a backdrop of white noise. Having some kind of sound in the background while you work can make you feel less lonely and less bored while you complete different tasks.

 

  1. Have a routine meet-up with other entrepreneurs.

Even if you’re the sole employee of your business, there are bound to be other entrepreneurs in your city who work within your industry and are interested in making professional connections. You can locate groups for professionals using sites like Meetup.com, LinkedIn, or even Facebook. If you can’t find a group that you’re interested in joining or if no one has created a group for entrepreneurs in your area, you can start one yourself. Incorporating weekly meet-ups of this nature into your schedule will provide the professional social interactions you need to reduce loneliness and give you something to look forward to as your week progresses.

 

  1. Engage in volunteer work.

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One of the perks of being an entrepreneur is that you become your own boss, which allows you to set your own schedule. You can make use of this flexibility in your workday by incorporating activities like volunteer work into your schedule. Volunteering will not only provide an outlet for connecting with other people and combating loneliness, but it will also allow you to give back to those in need and may help you feel an overall greater sense of fulfillment in your life.

 

  1. Look into shared workspaces.

If you’ve tried and failed to overcome intense feelings of loneliness as a home-based entrepreneur, you do have other options. While it can save you a significant amount of money to exclusively work at home, there are affordable alternatives to this arrangement. For example, look into renting a desk at a local shared workspace. Shared workspaces give professionals the opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs working in a wide range of industries. Relocating from your home to a shared workspace can give you the freedom of working on a solitary entrepreneurial venture with the social benefits of working in a traditional office.

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3 Ways to Ensure That Potential Clients Know about Your Home Business

Many people who have been stuck in dead-end jobs for years dream about becoming their own boss at some point. That’s why so many try to start their own home business. In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to do so. Due to the Internet, you can create a legitimate, thriving business without having to rent out office space or hire a marketing team.

A large number of online businesses involve some form of freelance or consulting work. If you have a valuable skill or specialized knowledge and experience, you can easily sell your services to clients. This strategy is popular because it doesn’t involve creating anything. You don’t need to worry about finding space to manufacture goods and store inventory. You can perform all the work right at your own desk.

It’s one thing to create a business, but ensuring that people know about it is something else entirely. That’s why you should keep the following tips in mind. They’ll help you to attract clients so you can quit your day job and do what you love full time.

 

  1. Create a Website

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Every single business needs a website. It’s also smart to maintain a social media profile. Quite simply, online searches are how many people find companies these days. They don’t look up anything in the Yellow Pages anymore. They use Google to find people who offer the services they need.

A website allows you to promote your business and gives potential clients an easy way to contact you.

In order to make your web presence even more effective, you should consider maintaining a blog on your site that you update regularly. If this seems like more work than it’s worth, you can hire freelancers to write the content for you. In fact, if you’re not comfortable with your skills as a writer, you may want to hire a freelancer to write all of your site’s content. You want to make the right impression on clients. This means ensuring that you sound professional.

Quality freelancers also understand how to optimize content so a site is more likely to appear in online searches. Hiring one is a smart investment.

 

  1. Reach Out to Potential Clients Directly

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While a website is crucial, you don’t want to passively wait for people to discover your business. Instead, you must be proactive about finding clients.

Begin by creating a spreadsheet filled out with the names and contact information of prospective clients. You can typically find them via a Google search.

For instance, perhaps you’re starting your own graphic design business. Maybe you want to focus on book covers. This is a fast-growing market due to the rise of online self-publishing. Plenty of authors who felt reluctant to follow the traditional publishing route are now selling their books directly to customers online. And while you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, it’s no secret that a professional cover design tends to result in a more successful book.

You could search for self-published authors by browsing Facebook groups and reading writers’ blogs. Find authors for whom you could create effective designs, look up their contact information (the odds are good they’ll have their own websites listing that information), and let them know you have a graphic design business and would love to create covers for their books.

Most people you contact won’t reply. Others will say they’re not interested. However, some will want to hire you. With just a little bit of effort, you can build a substantial client list.

 

  1. Submit Guest Posts

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Find bloggers who cover the industry you work in, but who don’t qualify as direct competitors. To use the graphic design example again, if you want to design book covers, find bloggers who work in the self-publishing niche. Reach out to them and ask if they would like you to contribute a guest post or interview on the topic of “why a professional book cover is important.”

Maintaining a website and regularly updating your blog will eventually result in more web traffic, although it can be difficult to build a following during these early stages. Instead, contribute posts to blogs and sites that already have a substantial following. That’s how you’ll get the word out about your own business.

It’s worth noting that none of this is very difficult. While you will absolutely need to put in some work at first to get your home business off the ground, once you have enough clients to keep you busy, you’ll realize that your dream of working from home has become a reality. Don’t quit early on because no one knows your company exists yet. Follow these tips, and pretty soon you’ll be busier than you ever thought possible.

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5 Ideas for Home Businesses That Are Cheap and Easy to Launch

Many aspiring entrepreneurs who begin new business ventures are seeking to transition from full-time work to self-employment. However, this is not the only way to live out your entrepreneurial dreams and own your own business. Some people are content with full-time employment and are interested in establishing their own company as a side project to bring in extra income or to simply expand their skillsets.

For anyone who wants to set up a side business, it can be beneficial to establish one that requires a minimal investment of time and funds. Below are five kinds of ventures that entrepreneurs looking to launch side businesses can quickly and affordably start themselves.

 

  1. Social media consulting firm

While many large companies have in-house specialists to help them establish a strong online presence, a lot of small businesses can’t afford to hire full-time social media staff to interact with customers on major platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. If you have a comfortable level of familiarity with major social media sites and a knack for communicating with other people, a social media consulting company may suit your needs. Before starting a business, you could even consider supplementing your knowledge with online tutorials that will help you to develop the tools you need to create engaging content for small businesses on the Internet. Social media blogs such as Sprout Social can offer helpful step-by-step directions that will enable you to set yourself up as a social media consultant from home.

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  1. Pet services

According to the ASPCA, U.S. citizens own about 78 million dogs and nearly 86 million cats, with about three out of five Americans owning at least one pet. Additionally, in 2017 American pet owners spent more money on caring for their pets than they ever have before, which means that the market is ripe for entrepreneurs who wish to open a business in the pet services industry. If you like animals, consider opening a home business as a pet sitter or dog walker. People love their pets and want to entrust their care to those who are dependable. Focus on building your reputation by offering your services to friends and family. You could also consider joining groups such as the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters to establish your credibility. Make sure to research the legal steps you’ll need to take in order to protect yourself from liability before opening your business.

 

  1. Photography business

While starting a photography business may require more initial time and capital investment for people who are new to the art form, entrepreneurs who already own a high-quality camera and who have some experience in taking pictures may be in a good place to offer their services as a side business. There is a lot of interest in high-quality photographs for a wide variety of purposes, particularly in this age of social media. However, in order to become competitive with the growing number of photography businesses, you will need to build an online portfolio. Offering free photography sessions is a great way to build a portfolio that will provide potential clients with an idea of your style, approach, and talent. Once you’ve begun creating a strong portfolio, you can set yourself apart from amateur photographers by incorporating your business. In addition, you should consider offering a specialty beyond photographing people, such as nature or food.

 

  1. Online consignment store

Since 2016, the majority of shoppers in the United States have made more purchases online than in brick-and-mortar stores. With this statistic in mind, online secondhand merchandise sales through websites such as eBay could be a simple yet potentially profitable home-based side business for a busy entrepreneur. While some people launch this kind of enterprise as a way to rid their homes of clutter, others take a more targeted approach to this business. For example, entrepreneurs may dedicate some of their free time to visiting vintage shops or thrift stores where they can find products at an affordable price before reselling them online. As with a photography business, focusing on a particular niche on sites like eBay can be helpful in selling vintage clothing, antique furniture, video games, or books. To get started, there are many smartphone apps that can help you to distinguish between items that have a high degree of value and those that don’t. For example, the Cash in the Attic app can help users estimate the value of antiques, while apps such as BookScouter are good for finding the resale value of used books.

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  1. Local tour guide company

If you live in a city that attracts a large number of tourists, you may be able to leverage your knowledge of the area to create a thriving part-time business. Starting a company that offers walking tours of the place you live in can be a way for entrepreneurs to not only make extra income, but also to show others the hidden beauty of their hometown. To get started with this type of business, you will first want to ensure that there are no local ordinances that will prevent you from offering tour services to visitors. You will then want to ensure that you conduct sufficient research to produce interesting facts about the history of your city in order to design a tour that highlights some of the things that make it unique. To recruit your first customers, you can contact your local visitors’ bureau to see if it will help you to connect with tourists, or sign up with websites such as Vayable.com to generate a clientele.

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4 Challenges You Learn to Overcome as an Entrepreneur

Choosing to pursue a career in entrepreneurship is a decision that today’s professionals may make for any number of reasons. Some are drawn to it when they find themselves in awe of the incredible accomplishments of other entrepreneurs, some find that the typical 9-to-5 job doesn’t inspire them, and some are drawn to the risky adventurousness of creating a business from the ground up.

No matter their reasoning, entrepreneurs have one undeniable thing in common with each other: they all tend to face a similar set of struggles as they attempt to build a successful company. Listed below are four of the most common challenges that new entrepreneurs must overcome on the path to success.

  1. Finding funding.

Though entrepreneurs of all experience levels may find it challenging to finance their venture, first-time entrepreneurs can find it especially difficult. New founders often lack the professional connections of their more experienced counterparts, and may have a more difficult time finding investors or other forms of financing for building a business.

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The first step that first-time entrepreneurs must take in securing the necessary capital is to evaluate the options available to them. Common ways that small business owners choose to finance their companies include taking out bank loans, long-term work at a typical job to build savings, attracting an angel investor, or seeking out investments from friends and family members. Venture capital may be an avenue for some entrepreneurs. Yet another form of financing that has gained popularity in recent years is crowdfunding through websites like kickstarter.com. Through these types of websites, entrepreneurs can lay out their business plan and solicit donations from anyone on the Internet. Once an entrepreneur manages to raise enough capital through any of these methods, they must create and operate within a responsible budget to avoid problems with cash management.

  1. Hiring and developing a cohesive team.

Having the right team of professionals to run an enterprise is key to driving growth, and hiring the best talent to fill positions can be a daunting task for a new business owner. Not only do employees need to have the right skillsets to perform well, but entrepreneurs need to hire them at a cost that is affordable to the new business. It is also important for entrepreneurs to consider a candidate’s personality and work style to ensure that he or she will work well with other members of the team.

To build a great staff, entrepreneurs should think comprehensively about the specifications of the position they are hiring for, considering what they truly need from the person who will fill it. They should come up with a list of the nonnegotiable skills and attributes that are needed for the role, and think carefully about the ways they want the employee to impact their business. Doing so will help entrepreneurs develop criteria to evaluate candidates.

Additionally, entrepreneurs need to keep their company’s mission and core values in mind so that they can seek out candidates with similar perspectives. Entrepreneurs should also use a consistent interview process—for example, by asking the same questions in the same order, or administering the same test under the same conditions. A standardized process will allow entrepreneurs to more easily and objectively compare applicants to determine who will be the best fit overall.

  1. Finding the courage to leave a full-time job.

Many entrepreneurs start their business while still holding down their full-time job in order to provide themselves with a bit of security. Though this is a good decision for people who lack the savings or support in the early phases of growing a company, there comes a point in a successful business’s growth when it will demand the majority of the entrepreneur’s time, beyond just nights and weekends. This can be an especially difficult challenge to overcome for first-time entrepreneurs who have only ever known the security of the typical 9-to-5 job.

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While different people choose different times to leave their full-time job and focus on their new company, there will come a pivotal moment when every entrepreneur must find the courage to do so. Entrepreneurs should think carefully about the right time to leave, making sure that they have a financial plan in place. Health insurance and debt can be big factors in this decision. Entrepreneurs should also be comfortable with the fact that, going forward, they’ll need to plan for life with a higher degree of flexibility and stick to a stringent budget until the business takes off.

  1. Grappling with self-doubt.

To enjoy life as an entrepreneur, you must be tenacious and able to move past doubt and negativity. Starting your own company is a gamble, and it is easy in the early phases of business development to succumb to fearful thoughts that leave you questioning your abilities as a business leader. Self-doubt is common among first-time entrepreneurs, but those who are successful in their endeavors are the ones who learn to mitigate the inevitable, stress-induced uncertainty.

The best ways to overcome self-doubt as an entrepreneur are to remember your past accomplishments and have an excellent support system in the form of family, friends, and business mentors. Additionally, learn how to gracefully accept and move past the mistakes you will inevitably make in the process of establishing your company. An entrepreneur who cannot accept his or her failures will be plagued by anxiety, which can lead to crippling indecisiveness. You can overcome self-doubt by acknowledging mistakes when they happen and applying the lessons you learn from the experience to avoid similar missteps in the future.