12 tips to starting a small business from nothing

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Nikki Lane

In 2005 with two small boys and recently separated from my husband I opened the doors to my small business with absolutely no experience in small business. Here are my top 12 tips to keep you going:

Firstly I did the standard things you need to do; I bought a computer, a printer and a desk. Chose a business name, designed a logo, had a business card printed, a website designed and off I went. I gained my first client after about 3 months and I was off and running. 10 years later I am still in business, successful, have a large network of colleagues and I love every moment of it.

The key tips to starting a small business from nothing in my opinion are as follows:

  • Never stop believing in yourself
  • Stay positive that you can do it and that you can be a successful business person
  • Talk to everyone about your business and what you do (without being pushy)
  • Get out and network as much as possible
  • Fake it til you make it. Pretend you already have a successful business and project that mindset to everyone you talk to.
  • Create a special place in your home that is your workspace – the dining room table doesn’t cut it.
  • Go to work in your home office everyday as if you are working in a corporate role. This means no pyjamas and a professional mindset each and every time you sit down at your desk.
  • Whilst you are waiting for clients, use your time to develop systems and procedures to make your small business more efficient and professional
  • Use social media to constantly interact with people and provide them with content that shows you are an expert in your field
  • Don’t get discouraged by the people that say ‘no’. Move on and ask yourself ‘who’s next?’
  • Remember that just because you run your own business you don’t have to be on call 24 / 7. Have set working hours and try to keep your work and personal life as separate as possible.
  • Treat every mistake as a learning experience

What Others Are Saying

  1. Fran June 20, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Great tips I’m trying to set up my second business which is Natural Healings Reiki ect and I’m getting so frustrated this time, as I have an fairly good Card Reading business with returning clients, but I can do that at home. This Natural Healing one is proving a little harder as I need to rent as I don’t want to do it at home., not enough room. And I need to get away from home! Always at home. So love the tip about no PJ’s as it’s easy to fall in that trap…
    My reading website is under changes by me and I haven’t built my new one yet… So website address is card reading not natural healing one..

    Blessings Fran ????

    • Nikki White June 26, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Hi Fran, so glad the article was helpful. Good luck with the start up of your second business and you know where to come if you need extra help 🙂

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