Interested in learning how to start a business? You're in the right place. Starting a business can be both exhilarating and challenging. Here are some essential steps to set up, grow & scale your business fast doing what you love, making a huge profit & a vast & lasting difference.

Step 1: Discover your vision & values - FIRST [suspend for this part the monetisation or reasons you can’t do this]

  1. What could you do all day that doesn't 'feel' like work (most of the time)?
  2. In what areas are you prepared to endure challenges & see it as a get up & go rather than give up & go
  3. What do you feel totally in flow doing where you feel like time flies?
  4. In what areas do you love helping people & solving problems
  5. What do you feel you are good at, better than others, and/or could become great at?
  6. What/where do you already spend a lot of your time doing & thinking about?
  7. What causes bigger than you could you see yourself being involved in, or what mission/education do you want to share?

Step 2: Do what comes up consistently & you will find a way to monetise this latent talent & uniqueness.

  1. Test the meaningful problem/solution
  2. Does your business serve, solve & scale?
  3. Crowdsource your product/service & create a V1. MVP as soon as possible
  4. Test your product/service/IP with low overhead, low risk, first & fast
  5. Get feedback & iterate
  6. Pivot frequently & don’t be too attached to what you want; Kodak or Rolls Royce/Coca-Cola
  7. Can you monetise it? Really? Don’t be nostalgic or romantic. De-risk early
  8. Who is your ideal customer & are there enough of them?
  9. Repeat this process for each product/service you launch, & check-in yearly that your existing business is still doing this

Step 3: Creating your product or service & going LIVE

  1. Start with/create an MVP [Minimum Viable Product] & iterate from there
  2. Do you have IP, license, patent, trademark or none of the above?
  3. Set up your co. quickly & easily online
  4. Alone, business partner, staff at the start [PA, MD/Opps & sales early]
  5. Work our your costs & margins in isolation & including overhead; work out GP & NP
  6. Break even point, MAC, PHR, LCV
  7. Finance through cashflow, personal cash/loans or equity
  8. Focus on making money not spending it. What is your remuneration

Step 4: Values, Vision, Mission & Culture

  1. What do you believe in & stand for?
  2. What makes you unique?
  3. How will you change the world/make a dent/matter?
  4. How do you serve & solve?
  5. How to team/staff crowdsource your V.V.M.C
  6. What makes your co. the best co. to work for?

Step 5: Create the community, database, fans & followers & customers now

  1. Multi-platform strategies
  2. Leverage all the free ones
  3. Be visible & credible on all main engines/sites
  4. Give information freely to build goodwill
  5. Make it easy to follow, like, opt-in & get your info
  6. Reinvest into PPC as soon as you can
  7. Discover as many marketing channels as possible: DR not brand marketing

Step 6: Personal & business brand

  1. Celebritise yourself in & exclusive of your company
  2. Platforms on the above section on both you & your company
  3. Do not make the company reliant on you or it won’t scale
  4. Give valuable information out for free & look after your community
  5. Be clear on your vision & values; what you are & what you are not
  6. Balance the new innovations with existing proven platforms
  7. Embrace digital early & focus on building a marketing team fast

Step 7: The main functions of a business

  1. Marketing
  2. Vision & innovation
  3. Sales
  4. Accounting
  5. Finance
  6. HR & recruitment
  7. Admin
  8. Leadership/speaking

Step 8: Managing yourself & building your team

  1. Create a routine that works for you & follow it [KRAs, IGTs, KPIs]
  2. Compartmentalise your team
  3. Work on the vision & building the team outsourcing. leverage] early in the day
  4. Manage & master your emotions [discipline, leadership]
  5. Use your NM assets when you don’t have cash
  6. Help people, add value, look to do JVs
  7. Don’t wait until you are maxed to leverage
  8. Passion/profession & vocation/vacation merge
  9. Tell everybody what you do; shameless plugging with passion

Step 9: General

  1. Expect challenge. Don’t wish it away. Solve them & you grow
  2. If you keep asking your customers, business is easy; give them what they want & need
  3. Think long-term. Will this decision be the right decision for 3, 5 or 10 years in the future. You have to live with past mistakes so think long term. Stay patient, keep going even if progress seems slow
  4. Contribute to your community & industry
  5. It’s OK to make loads of money! Focus on serving & solving 1st though
  6. Keep overhead low & don't rush to raise external finance
  7. The longer you do it, the easier it gets
  8. Get mentors, go on courses & keep reading/listening/learning. Do not do it on your own you don’t know what you don’t know
  9. Don’t listen to or get sucked into arguing with, the critics, haters & trolls. Just do your thing the best you can & serve others
  10. But always seek feedback to grow & improve
  11. Do not procrastinate or deny big/real problems. Roll up your sleeves and sort them out as it increases your value
  12. Know when to say yes & when to say no13. Get accurate and up to date management accounts & KPIs as soon as you can
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