The funny thing about being in business is that not everybody ever really intended to be in business. Sure, some people come up with a plan, they set the intentions, and they work really, really hard for their success.
In fact, anyone that does find success will work incredibly hard for it. Yet, not everyone will have the intention of being a big business person when they start. Sometimes, they start with love. They bake because they love it, and then people start asking for cupcakes. They write because they love it, and then people start reading their stuff. And this then means that creative people that start something out of passion, then become businesspeople. And it can be a hard industry to navigate when you’re a novice.
But, the beautiful thing is, being in business doesn’t have to be a hardship. Instead, it can be a lot of fun. There are ways that you can boost your business for the best, and still enjoy the process. When your business is budding, you may be pouring your heart and soul into the craft. And that’s great – because the product matters. But also, now that you are in business, you also have things like finance and customer service and sales and marketing to worry about. Sometimes, even thought of that is just too overwhelming. So let’s consider ten simple, go-to steps any budding business can take to ensure that everything blossoms!
1. Know What You Want To Achieve
To start with, you need to know what you want to achieve. What is the ultimate dream for your business? Can you see what it looks like? Do you even know what you want? If not, now is the time to get really clear on this.
2. Think Big
And then, go bigger. Think about what that big, fancy, professional version of your business looks like and start to visualize what you’re doing in the process. Sometimes, you need to look bigger than you are to feel the part – or just to get there. So maybe you need to get a business premise, or at least an address and post forwarding service so that you look more professional. If you start acting bigger, you’re one step closer to blossoming for real.
3. Being Intentional
But you really do have to start putting those steps into practice and actively aim to grow and blossom. You need to have every intention of success with everything that you do. So put yourself out there a lot more – intent to find success. When you’re in the right frame of mind, you can start to make things happen.
4. Set Goals
And then, you need to put some firm goals in place. It’s not enough to just hope that you’re going to achieve certain things. You need to plan for them. Setting business goals is always the first step. Because when those goals are in place, you can then break things down and make sure that you’re taking the steps necessary and taking action to get close to achieving them.
5. Hire Help
It may even be that you need an assistant or your first member of staff? We all need to start somewhere and if you know that you’re struggling with the workload, hire help. The second you realize that you cannot do it all if you want to grow, the quicker you’ll be able to make it happen.
6. Outsource To Experts
But not only that, you may find that having experts working on your business can really encourage things to blossom. Not great with IT or finance? Find a team to help you. Don’t have time for sales or marketing? Do the same. Do not believe that you have to do it all, because you don’t. But you do have to make the first move in order to get some help.
7. Care For Your Customers
The next thing is to really care. Don’t just love the job and the work that you’re doing, love the customers. Because they are the ones paying you and making the business possible. Without them, there is no business. So really aim to understand them and care for their needs. When you know what your customers want, it’s so much easier to serve them and ensure that they keep coming back to your business.
8. Have Fun With Marketing
Now, you don’t have to know a lot about marketing to be able to make it work for you. There are lots of newbie ideas that you should get started with before you start to overanalyze this. But, if you do want to make sure that your marketing is a success, then just have fun with it. Don’t take things too seriously. Make sure that you’re putting your brand out there, giving your audience what they want, and trying to be engaging. If you do that, these things will really start to take off.
9. Try New Things
Although it’s really easy to get stuck in your ways, it’s also important for you to try new things if you want to grow. This could be new cupcake flavours or it could be new styles of writing. Maybe it’s a new marketing idea or just something that puts you outside of your comfort zone. Yes, it’s scary to do things differently, to change and grow – but creativity happens outside of your comfort zone. And f you really want to blossom, you have to leave your habits and comforts behind!
10. Keep Going
And then finally, if you really want things to take off, then you just need to keep doing what you’re doing. That’s right, get your head down and just work. Because consistency is one of the most important things for success. You need to put the work in and you need to keep going. And, not only that, but you’ll want to make sure that you stay true to your values, who you are, and what you’re trying to achieve. Because authenticity is often the key to making things blossom!