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How To Start Your Own Business From Scratch

How to start your own business from scratch

Start a business from scratch

 

It seems like every week now, there is a new headline in the news about the number of unemployed people, the number of people made redundant, a company making some job cuts etc.

 

Long gone are the days of a job for life, or even being able to move between jobs and stay employed for life.

 

So I want to suggest an alternative to you:

If you cannot find someone to employ you – employ yourself!

employ yourself

By that, I mean start your own business. It is so easy to do this today. People used to say the British are a Nation of Shopkeepers. Now we are a nation of entrepreneurs. Self-Employment is the new “Job for Life”

 

There are some big advantages to being self-employed:

  • For one, you get more sunshine.
  • You have no boss, except maybe your other half).
  • If you want a payrise you can simply take on extra work.

 

So – how do you do start your own business? Here’s a quick checklist, and I’ll go through them in some detail later.

  • Decide on the product or service
  • Advertise
  • Earn Money

OK, that may seem a bit silly, but I wanted to make a point – it doesn’t have to be complicated.

 

Decide on the Product or Service

This is where you need to look at yourself, and decide what you can do, and look at the marketplace, and decide if there is a demand for it. This could really be anything – From dog walking, car washing, gardening, handyman. Can you do these things? You probably don’t need to invest in loads of equipment to get you started.

There are other, home-based businesses, where you have the support of a national or international company. Examples are Home-Shopping businesses, such as my personal favourite, Kleeneze. If you want to find some information about that, just visit my Kleeneze Information Site.

 

Find your customers

This is where the Internet, and Social Media in particular has changed the ball game. It used to be that when you start your own business, you rely on friends and family, and then word of mouth. Then you have to place some (expensive) adverts in local papers every week and so on.

Expensive adverts

 

Still, Friends and Family and Word Of Mouth is the best place to start, but in parallel with that there are loads of Social media applications that are free, easy to use, and have MILLIONS of people out there that you can reach out to.

To start off with I am going to assume that your business is aimed at your local population. However, if you are, for example, a website designer, then that service can be provided for a customer anywhere in the world, so this would not apply to you.

Over the next few days I will write posts, each of which will give you a quick guide on how to market your local business using…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn

 

 

 

 

 

Each one of these will connect you with a different group of people who may, or may know someone who does, want your product or service.

Each of these Social Media will be covered in a new blog post in the next few days.

The basic strategy that you use for all of these Social Media is as follows:

  • Brand Yourself
  • Identify potential customers
  • Engage with them
  • Look for opportunities

DO NOT simply create an account and blast loads of adverts at all and sundry. That will get you no business at all.

I will expand on the details of this strategy in another post in the next few days.

 

Oh, and last but not least…

Earn Money

If you have a product or service for which there is a demand, and you have found some customers, then you should complete the final step – Earn Money.

 

I hope that has sown the seeds of some ideas for you. I will write the next posts for you in the next few days, so please watch this space.

 

Bye for Now

 

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

 

 

 

 

 

Be the Leader You Seek

We all want to be inspired.

Do you ever get that feeling where you want to do something, you want to achieve something…… you’re not quite sure what yet, but you are waiting for some inspiration!

 

Often – we look to leaders for our inspiration, but I have an alternative for you. Read about it here, or watch while I explain my thoughts…

 

So – you are looking for inspiration, for that charismatic speaker who inspires an entire audience to go out and achieve!

He stands in front of you, calling you to take action, to go for your dreams, to put a plan in place, and take that first step on your journey to success.

 

So I ask you a question – have you found that leader yet?

Have you found the inspiration that will get you off your bum, and encourage you to take those actions that you know you must take?

 

No?

 

Well I have a suggestion for you.

Instead of searching for that inspirational leader, why not become him.

 

Become the Leader you Seek

 

Last year, I felt that I was losing enthusiasm for my business. I knew it worked, I have seen all of the evidence, I know people who are incredibly successful in the business, but it was not really working for me, as quickly as I wanted it to.

 

I attended various business meetings, and saw those successful people speaking about how things worked for them, and I realised that I wanted to be like them. I wanted to be the Successful Leader, but I realised that, rather than simply seeking out a successful Leader, I should become that successful Leader.

 

What does that mean…. “Become the Leader you Seek”?

Well – for me, I decided to write down what I looked for in a leader. A leader must….

 

  • Be confident
  • Speak from experience, not just from a text book
  • Be professional in their dealings with everyone
  • Be willing to share – ideas, knowledge, etc.
  • Be constantly learning
  • Be a good communicator – to individuals and audiences
  • Inspire me
  • Care for people
  • Be a good example
  • Encourage People

 

There are many other attributes – and you should write down your own list of what you would look for.

 

Now, when I had written down the attributes that I would look for in a Leader, I decided the best way for me to progress, the best way form me to “Become the Leader I seek”, was to adopt these attributes myself.

 

If I became more confident, if I practiced everything that I preached, if I dealt with everyone in a professional way, if I shared my knowledge with people, if I kept reading and learning, if I improved my communication skills, if I cared for people, set a good example, and I encouraged people, then I would become a Leader, and I would inspire myself!

 

You see, the beauty of this approach is that you can start to become the leader you seek, today. You do not have to wait until you have found the right person. It could be years and years before you find just the right inspirational leader. YOU are the right person to inspire yourself.

and you can start in your new role NOW.

 

Come on – off you go!

 

Best wishes

Chris Smith

Welcome to Chris-Smith.me

Hi! This is me.

 

My name’s Chris Smith, I’m married to Sarah, and we have two beautiful daughters, Sophie and Scarlett (visit Scarlett-Harp.co.uk here).

 

 

I hope you find something useful here. On my website you will find information about…

  • Personal Development
    • Leadership
  • Financial Independence
    • Residual Income
    • Self-Employment
  • My Business
  • Social Media for Business
    • Twitter

 

Personal Development

Personal Development is something that we should ALL be doing. In the words of Jim Rohn: “Formal Education will earn you a living, self-education will earn you a fortune” For “Self Education”, read “Personal Development”.

In this section you will find a variety of blog posts about personal development, and also sections about my favourite authors on Personal Development: Robert Kiyosaki, Jim Rohn, and others which will be added.

 

Leadership

Whether you want to lead a team, or just set a great example to yourself and your family, Ledaership skill;s are a great part of personal development.

Here you can read my blog posts about Leadership.

 

Financial Independence

What is Financial Independence? I read a great way to measure your financial independence:

If you stop work today. How many days would it be before you would run out of money?

You can read my blog posts and articles on Financial Independence here.

 

Residual Income

… and what better way to achieve financial independence than through a Residual Income. That is an income that you continue to receive, even after you have stopped doing the work that created it. For example, Pop stars get paid royalties on their songs, after they have finished the work of recording them.

In this section you can find my posts and articles about Residual Income.

 

Self-Employment

One of the best ways to build a residual income, and become finaincially independent, is by running a home-business. In these businesses you are self-employed, and there are many questions and issues you would want to address if you are self employed, or thinking about going self-employed.

Read my thoughts on self-employment, or being self-employed here.

 

My Business

I have a small Home Shopping Business which is one of the ways I am building my Residual Income, hopefully leading to Financial Independence. I am self-employed, and it requires some Leadership on my part, and I have goine through my own Personal Development journey to get where I am now.

If you would like to know more about my business of choice, Kleeneze, take a look in that section.

 

Social Media for Business

I love using Social Media to promote local businesses, and my business aswell.

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn etc are all great tools to get your message out to your community.

In this section you will find loads of great hints and tips on how to get the best out of them. You can find it all here: Social Media for Business

 

 

I hope you find something of interest. I do waffle on a bit, so bear with me. I work hard to earn good money, and I like to spend that money on my family and me, and offer them a lifestyle that they can enjoy. I hope you get a feel for that here.

If you would like to do something similar for yourself and your family, then please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

 

If you’d like a FREE information pack about joining our team and working with me, Click Here

 

Bye for now

Chris Smith 🙂

Chris Smith