How to startup your own business when you’re in a job
Rather than starting your business the hard way like I did back in 2007, resigning from a corporate job with no real clue as to the next steps, check out these do’s that will help pave the way for a brighter, closer future.
Do: Start Networking:
If you don’t network in your current role, this can be a daunting, scary experience. However, it’s a necessity and hugely rewarding in so many ways for you to develop yourself and your startup in the best way possible. You gain access to so many useful connections who can help you in ways you couldn’t even think up right now. Network through LinkedIn, local business events, expo’s – you name it, they’re out there. Use LinkedIn to find out who’s currently running the type of business you want to startup. They can give you useful tips on disasters to avoid, how to overcome challenges, all sorts. Get connecting.
Do: Develop your Social Media:
If you’re lucky enough at this stage to know your business name, bag your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc names. This can be especially easy to do if you want to remain anonymous. Associated images at this point can be anything but your profile. It’s a great time to test out your new business voice, get confident with your message and find out what your target audience want to hear from you. I know a startup who is still in a 9-5 who has several thousand likes on Facebook and already has people recognising her brand name through her actual name. (She’s being made redundant from her current role, so there is no need to hide what she’s doing!)
Do: Start Squirreling away
To quote Austen, ‘it’s a universally known fact that..’ startups use up a lot of cash. Some startups really require little cash: business cards, website etc. However, it’s the living costs you’ll need to cover whilst building up your lovely startup. The 10% rule for saving is a great one, I think we can all really afford to save 10% of our income each month, we just choose not to. Get disciplined and save 10% every month and you will be so pleased with yourself when it comes to leaving your job. You’ll have an extra cushion behind you.
Do: Research and/or Complete the Relevant Training:
Not only will this be completed and paid for whilst you’re in your current job, but it’ll also mean you’re being paid for completing this course – take it out of your holiday. If you’re really serious about your startup this will be something you’ll be prepared to do. Once you’ve left your job it’ll mean you’ll also be that much further forward and closer to being paid for your new business product and services. With the added benefit of 100% confirming that this is really the business you want to startup.
Clare at Meta4 has been running her own coaching and training business since 2007. Clare offers loads of great freebie resources to help you grow your business; they’re easy to implement, engaging and most of all they get you your business growth results!