Many people want to be their own boss, turning a passion, hobby or great idea into a business of their own. It’s something many people think about doing, but few actually do. This is because starting your own business can often be a daunting task, but with a little bit of guidance & expertise it doesn’t have to be – and that’s where Easyspace can help.
10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business
Easyspace works with thousands of businesses ranging from small Start Up’s, right up to large established successful companies.
Easyspace has recently launched a Start Up Advice hub on our website, which has a range of advice guides that can help you with starting your new business, such as:
- Research your business idea
- Carry out a SWOT Analysis
- Decide which start up option suits you best
- Choose your business name
- Legally form your business
- Create your business plan
- Register your website domain name
- Create your business website
- Get your finances in order
- Find and keep customers
TV programs such as the BBC’s Apprentice are slowly helping to encourage entrepreneurial attitudes in the UK, with successful business people such as Sir Alan Sugar and Richard Branson increasingly becoming roles models – and the notion of starting your own business is becoming more widespread, something that people will admire, rather than be suspicious of.
While some may argue over how realistic shows such as The Apprentice are, at portraying the creation of a new business, the fact is it does inspire many to take the leap into starting their own business – so in that respect it is positive. A number of the candidates have gone on to set up successful businesses of the own.
For example, former finalist Claire Young, who Easyspace interviewed for our blog, has gone on to set up her own business: School Speakers and her social enterprise called Girls Out Loud, which works with a number of government groups helping young people be more enterprising – and start new businesses themselves.
Help & Advice Is Available
The fact is there is more support available now on how to start a business than ever before. There are numerous government bodies such as Business Link, as well as charities such as Princes Trust which provide advice and sometimes funding, right through to organisations which offer business mentors. It doesn’t matter what age you are – young or old, male or female, there is help & advice available for you. Even with minimal investment, maybe even starting your business from home for example, you can develop it into a successful business – maybe even with customers worldwide.
For example, Easyspace interviewed Fraser Doherty, who started his business at the age of 14, making jam in his parent’s kitchen and selling it at local farmers market. Just a few years later he had developed a well-known brand SuperJam and was selling it in major supermarket chains not just in the UK, but in many countries around the world.
Fraser gave 3 tips:
- Don’t be afraid, you have nothing to lose
- Start small, you don’t have to jump in at the deep end
- Ask for help – people will more often than not be willing to give it to you.
Another example of help & advice available when starting your own business (focused toward women) is the Female Entrepreneur Association. Easyspace interviewed its founder Carrie Green about her organisation and how it can encourage entrepreneurs.
Carrie gave 4 tips for people thinking of starting there own business:
- Dream big! Don’t let your doubts and worries hold you back. You only get one life, so go for it.
- Get really clear about what you want to achieve. Write it down, set a deadline and create a plan.
- Take action! Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is a habit not an act.” you have to discipline yourself to take action and to do the things you have to do in order to reach your goals.
- Never give up on yourself. Building a business is not going to be a walk in the park, there will probably be times when you feel confused, times when you haven’t got a clue and times when you feel like it’s hopeless. But you’ve got to remember that the ones who make are the ones who hang on when everyone else has let go.
There are literally hundreds of places you can get help & inspiration from, when you’re considering starting your own business – whether it’s a start up organisation, website or even books. If you have no money, then don’t worry – even that is not a barrier to starting a new business.
Easyspace interviewed Rachel Bridge, author of ‘How To Start A Business Without Any Money’ who advised:
“The secret is to use the resources you already have at your fingertips – work from home and build a business around a skill you have that other people would be prepared to pay for. Then start thinking in a low cost way – build a free website using an online website builder; tap into free advice; source free equipment; get customers to pay you upfront”.
Better to have tried & failed, than to never have tried at all
So what’s stopping you in starting your own business? Take a look at our Start Up Advice hub today. Easyspace has a huge amount of experience with helping new businesses get started online – whether it’s our Sales Advisors helping you find a suitable domain name or whether it’s our Web Design Department helping you set up a website, or providing you with the necessary software to give you complete control for you to be able to build, manage & update your own website – thanks to our EasySiteLive PRO website builder.
Take that first step today and visit our Start Up Advice hub.
Start Your Business Today. YOU CAN DO IT !!