OK so I had to do two blogs today to make up for my stupidity with the whole better blogging in 31 days thing.  Yesterday’s and the day before’s blog will now come to you today.

Today’s exercise is to write a list. Referring back to my elevator pitch I need to write a list about something that I am blogging about.  Not sure how to do that since I don’t really blog about anything, cause I only just started and I just do it to copy everyone else.

I decided that my list will be about the steps needed to start a business.  Now I should warn you that I started my business about 18 months ago and I did not follow these steps.  However I have learned that if I had followed these steps my business would be a lot further along by now.

Start a Business From Home – or what I learned the hard way

1) Have a great idea/product you need to know what your business is about.  This is not as easy as it seems.  You might think you want to sell homemade yoghurt – but what what kind and how much and how will people buy it.  Or you might be a consultant – what kind of area do you want to work in -what will you and won’t you do?

2) Create space in your life to focus on it I am a big believer in the fact that most people can do anything they put their minds to.  So how are you going to start a business if you are like me and have two kids, a husband, a cat, a house that needs selling, 10kgs to lose and another job to go to.  Well you need to decide what you will give up and what you will prioritise in your life to make the business happen.  If you can’t find real space and time in your life for the business then you need to question whether you really want to do it.  You need to show YOUR SELF that you are committed before you even start.

3) Write a plan this is my biggest down fall – I have a plan in my head but it is not on paper -once you know what you want to do, you need to show YOURSELF and anyone you are asking to invest in your business how you will do it.  You need to show that you have thought about things like pricing, marketing, time, competition and business set up.  Also think about what your life will look like once this business is up and running – is it a full time job, part time do you want to be able to employ people?  Look into the future and write it down.

4) Set up a structure – give the business a name and do all the stupid paper work that the government makes you do before you start.  Again a rookie error that I have made is to not put in place proper filing and accounting systems.  These make your life easier and show that you are taking this business seriously and that it is not just a hobby or a pipe dream.

5) Start marketing ok you have been thinking about it long enough – now get out there and do something, tell people, blog about it or advertise.  The worst that can happen is that you have to manage too much business.

6) Start to build up stock are you going to make to order or have stock on hand – if you are a service make sure you NOW have the hours free to do the work – once you advertise you will need to be able to sell whatever it is you are selling.

7) Are you having fun yet you need to remember to enojoy the ride – you chose this path – love it – even the paperwork because you are now one step closer to doing what you had planned to do.

remember mayhem is a lifestyle choice

Vanessa