I started my entrepreneurial journey in 2012, and invested about $10,000 in myself to learn and grow.
$7,500 of that was a year long program which included a workshop called ‘3 days to cash.”
No matter the type of business, there are some non-negotiables that cannot be ignored.
This is all about organization, scheduling and knowing who is doing what and when.Hours of operation (or what hours you will work each week) will help you stay on track. If you work from home like I do and can be flexible, you still need some sort of schedule or at least a plan for each week. This can be as simple as deciding if you prefer doing client work earlier in the weekday, marketing your business later in the weekday, and taking weekends off!
Working primarily online or a combination of online and offline will depend on your personality and energy level. I enjoy being alone and behind my computer but know that networking events are important so I’ve learned to love them and go out to about one each month.
Marketing & Sales
Letting people know what you do and then moving forward to work together is one of my favorites of the non-negotiables in business! I’m still surprised that I enjoy it so much (who knew?).
Social media, blogging, email marketing, and the online world has made getting the word out super easy and fun. Time, effort, and continued understanding of the changes with each social platform and the online world is a consistent thing but business owners decades ago didn’t have this so I feel blessed to be in business this day and age!
Products & Services
If it’s just an idea, then you do not yet have a business.Deciding what you will offer is not to be taken lightly. I started as a virtual assistant but later realized I didn’t like doing general administrative services that much (seemed cool at the time!), so now I only focus on online marketing services. You can choose to do products, services or a combination of both. As entrepreneurs, we get to be creative so this is all up to you!!
This was actually the most annoying for me as I got more clients and made more money. I was always (and still am) super excited each time I got a new client but dealing with finances in business was a bit different from working with personal finances until I decided to take it step by step.
You must prioritize (sort of like a budget) and figure out how much you need for expenses, to live, and unfortunately pay taxes As I got more clients, my expenses grew because I’m always looking for ways I can better serve my clients by investing in new training programs to increase my skills and new software for social media, online marketing, and video.
This one is the most important of all for me because I cannot move forward with any of the other areas without it. If you’re not currently an entrepreneur, you may have heard that it takes a special person to live this lifestyle. And it does!
It takes someone who is centered, confident, energetic about what they have to offer, and know who and how they can help!
This covers some of the other least exciting things for me:
- Entity set up
I’m getting sleepy on this section but it’s important so thought I’d throw it in here!
Did all these pieces come together when I first started?
The truth is I wasn’t ready for some of the programs I invested in to get started.
I had to go back and piece meal things together at a simpler level for my online business.
*The special promotion below is no longer available but you may click the links for the One Woman Shop to check out other offers,*
The One Woman Shop is currently running a promotion where you can get their SUCCESS BUNDLE at a ridiculous (in a good way) price!
If this were available at the time I started (or if it was available and I knew about it), I would have dived in head first!
The SUCCESS BUNDLE will help you with:
- Creating passive income
- Pricing your products and services
- Running Facebook Ads
- Streamlining your email marketing
- Managing your finances
- Mastering Google Analytics
These are all things you know are important to your biz, but you could use some help to make them happen.
The Bundle is made up of 20 amazing products worth over $1,600 that do just that. Your investment? $99. But here’s the catch: it’s only available this week, from September 12-16th (promotion ended).
*Purchasing the Solopreneur Success Bundle through the link here will result in my business receiving compensation. I appreciate you trusting my opinion on the products that will help you better your business!*
To your success,
P.S. – What’s one of your “if only” moments when you first started your business? Or what do you feel is holding you back from moving forward if you’re in the process of starting an online business?