I have been doing a lot of Facebook live posts about gathering a team around you when you work for yourself because its important you dont see working for yourself as working alone. Why is this important?
If you have come from a team based environment it can be hard to get used to working by yourself. There doesnt seem to be anyone to bounce ideas around with, no one to ask when you get stuck on that computer program or task you know someone else helped you out with, no one to have a coffee with or catch up on the weekend sport with. This is not the same as missing working for someone else. Its about loving the energy of working in a team.
Advice on money
It is possible to work in a team when you work for yourself. It involves gathering around you people who help you do what you do. Your accountant helps with the finances so it make sense that you seek advice and discuss ideas with your accountant around how you should spend or risk your money. Some accountants are very skilled business coaches too. They can help with business plans and financial coaching. If yours isnt helpful you need to find one who is. (Andrew is great if you need one email@example.com)
Maybe you have a friend or aquantance you have admired for their head for business. How about asking them to be a sounding board for you. You could approach you local business chamber or business development group to see if they have business mentors.
Having a business partner often makes good sense. You each should have strenghts the other values and have the abiltiy to share the work load and contribute to the business financially. Hey presto, you now have a person to share ideas, money, learning… everything.
Online business community
There are lots of great online learning forums that you a great community of people doing and learning just like you. Find one and start talking to people. When you get personal and share you will find lots of people come out of the woodwork and give.
Let me know if this has helped you.
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Here are my 5 tips for any business to succeed.
- Get a good logo
This is vital, your logo is the thing people most associate with your brand identity and will be visible on all your business properties. Freelance sites can do this cheaply and there are have providers available on a site such as Fiverr.com. You can order stationery via vista at the same time with your logo!
It is worth spending some decent money on a professional logo design that will make a lasting impression and stand the test of time as your business begins to grow. Trade Mark the logo can help in adding intellectual property to your business Email us we might be able to help
- Get your brand name in your domain name
Some people like to key keywords into the domain name at the expensive of the brand name, for SEO benefits, but you really shouldn’t do this for an e-commerce store You are trying to build trust with your audience for long lasting relationships so choose a domain that is either just your brand name or brand name plus keyword. Local providers can get you hosted and get those domains even a mobile friendly site try this
- Claim your social media accounts
At the very least get your business set up on Facebook Linkedin Twitter Instagram and claim your business names before anyone else tries to. Try to make sure your social names are consistent across all platforms and make sure you add links back to your website.
Regular posting is the key to a successful business social media accounts, you can use automated posting tools such as Buffer to ensure you are posting consistently. This can be a valuable way to get your brand in front of an audience and get some initial traffic to your website. Check out this video:
- Use branded images
You can apply branding to the images on your website, this will stop people from stealing them and also it means your logo or branding will be visible on images if they are shared onto social media platforms. Changing your pictures to your own by adding a logo is easy using tools such as pablo which is provided with your buffer account.
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