• Ashton

5 Quick Tips on Starting a New Business

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

So you have this idea in your head. A little thought that keeps creeping in that's telling you to start something. Do you want to start a clothing boutique? Have you always wanted to become a photographer? Do you love arranging flowers and want to start a floral shop? YESSSSS! You can do this! I'm all about a home-grown business.

Here are 5 quick steps to get you started:

1. Talk about it-- to EVERYONE. You need to start telling people what you're up to. I know it's hard, and I know it's scary to do. You feel like an imposter who is trying to sound professional, and you also feel like you're failing, even though you haven't even really started yet. You have to get over that if you want to make it. Start telling people you are a "boutique owner" or "florist" if that's what you REALLY want to be and do. Think of all the opportunities you're missing out on if you don't tell them. You never know who is looking for that type of service, and they might want YOU!

2. Start a business page. You can do this by simply starting with an Instagram and Facebook page for your business. It's free, and it's honestly the best way to get people noticing your business right away, and most likely your friends and family will want to follow along to see what you create.

3. Earn while you build. Don't quit your day job--- yet. As a business owner, it will take time to earn a steady income. Keep your nine-to-five as you work hard through those first, hard stages. Once you have steady income coming in, I recommend saving 3 months of expenses before quitting your job, so that you have some savings to fall back on if something were to happen.

4. Know your local legal requirements for starting a business. I recommend checking out Kylee Ann Photography's guide to getting legal! This guide was created for starting a photography business, but the same laws apply to any small business.

5. Invest in some education. It took me way too many years to realize that if I just invested in some education, I'd feel more confident in myself and what I offer to my clients. It's hard to fork out a couple thousand dollars for what seems like something that won't earn you any money, but I will PROMISE you that it will. Don't just sign up for the first $250 course you think looks okay... pick up some extra side jobs for a couple months so that you can afford education from someone you trust and admire in your field. Do your research and find someone who is worth investing in, and work for it. This won't come easy, but I know you CAN do it.

Did you know that I offer commercial photography packages? I love working with brands and people who are trying to build {or have built!!} amazing businesses, and there is no better way to kick start your online profile than to have a social media that is solid, cohesive, and represents exactly what you want it to! If you have professional looking products and photos, people will take you more seriously, and are more apt to think your business is legit, even if you're just starting.

Contact me for my commercial packages, and let me help you build that dream into something great!

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