Vision is the planted seed of ideas that spark the beginning of every entrepreneurial journey.
If you have a great business idea and wonder, “Where do I start?” you are not alone. Many first time entrepreneurs get stuck in the idea phase.
Pat yourself on the back and take a congratulatory selfie with the caption “She Did That” because you have already completed the most critical entrepreneurial step: you have a vision and business idea.
Now let’s spring your business idea into action.
1.Assess Your Skills
You know yourself better than anyone. Make a list of your skills and categorize them as
“strong” or “needs development.” There are no right or wrong answers here.
If your business idea is to start a photography business to capture life’s savory moments, it is
safe to assume that you are a great photographer. But, you may need to develop budgeting
and financial skills.
2.Develop and Expand Your Network
Join groups, associations, or online communities to develop and expand your network. Look
for ways to build the skills categorized as “needs development” on your assessment from step
one and connect with people that possess those skills.
Networking is a great way to find other like-minded entrepreneurs that can be a source of
support for you along your journey. Network with a willingness to offer what you can to help
others thrive as you gain information to support your business.
“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.” -Keith Ferazzi
3. Create Your Business Workflow
Yes, time is money, and you must manage it well. Decide how much time you can allocate to
your business each week and assign tasks to yourself. If you are starting your business while
working a full-time job, you may decide to allocate 15 hours each week. Here is an example of
a 15-hour weekly business workflow.
As an entrepreneur, you will have to take steps even when you don’t see the staircase. Whether you are walking in pumps, wedges, flats, or gym shoes, just keep walking by faith and keep taking action.