3 Practical Steps for Starting Your Own Business


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OOOOOOOOO freedom! The ability to live your life on your terms! You've already decided the the best boss in the world is you. You've embraced your craft and began the road to mastery. In your mind, you have seen yourself as successful in your own endeavor and you've seen it a million times! Now what? 

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

The question plagues many would-be entrepreneurs. You aren't alone in that! It is the first doubt and if you let it take over, it can be the first in a long list of doubts. The good news: You don't have to let doubt take over. I am going to give you 3 practical (as in something you can practice...take action...do) steps to help you continue to travel life on your terms.


DISCLAIMER: BEING IN BUSINESS FOR YOURSELF INVOLVES WORK. IF YOUR GOAL IN LIFE IS TO DO AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE, BUSINESS OWNERSHIP IS NOT THE ROAD FOR YOU.


Like I said before, you have seen your successful business in your mind! That puts you in a great position for these next steps! The steps are so simple, most people don't do them. Then tough stuff comes and they wash out of business because they don't have any clue why they are doing what they are doing. But you are different. You aren't just a dreamer. You are a doer. These simple steps, if done, will give you direction in your pursuit, whatever it may be. 

Vision. Mission. Plan

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Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

Okay, this next part is interactive! Grab a pencil and notebook or flashcards. If you like to make things look pretty, grab color pencils, markers, etc. The doing-part of this is to take these things out of your head and put it on paper! I know we are a really technical society, but actually use a writing utensil and paper. 

1. Write your Vision Statement

A vision statement: According to BusinessDictionary.com, a Vision Statement frames your business.

Personal Questions:

  • Why did you/do you want to go into business for yourself?
  • How do you see your personal and professional life in the future? This will not be in your Vision Statement, but will help you shape it.

Business Questions:

  • What do you do?
  • How does it impact the world around you?
  • What do you want your business to be in the near and distant future? 

For great examples of Vision Statements, Click Here

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

2. Write your Mission Statement

A Mission Statement, as defined by BusinessDictionary.com is the effect of the Vision Statement. For the full definition, click here.

Questions to ask about your business are:

  • What is your service/product?
  • To whom will your business provide a service/product?
  • How will you provide service to your target market?
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3. Write out your Plan.

Many people are excellent at writing specific goals, but not plans to achieve said goals. Goals are an excellent place to start. They are about the bigger picture and you need them. You also need a written plan. That is the bottom line and it will add to your bottom line.

2, 5, and 10.

To write out your plan, start with 2, 5, and 10. Years that is! There is definitely persistence involved. Your actions over time create your life and success. A great book on this principle is The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

To show you how simple it is to write out a plan, I have included and outline below. I have also included a 2-Year Plan, partially filled in as an example:


2-Year Goal: To have 20 customers and be profiting $x monthly

Plan: Actual contact with 25 new potential clients weekly via email, phone and/or face-to-face meetings. It will net 4-5 new customers a week.

Daily Habits

  1. Work on current content in public settings.
  2. Reach out to prospects (A,B, or C) via phone, email, face-to-face
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Weekly Habits

  1. Reach out to referrals
  2. Weekly Networking Event
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Monthly Habits:

  1. Thank You Notes
  2. Monthly Networking Event
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Yearly Habits

  1. Client Appreciation gifts
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2-Year Goal:

Plan: 

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5-Year Goal

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10-Year Goal

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Doesn't that give you so much clarity?

It feels good, too! Now that you have your plan, work your plan! Start today! Make your habits part of your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly calendar. At the end of the year, check to see how close you are to your goal based on the action habits your have mapped out and done!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Sara