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Many are the individuals who after having spent some time in their jobs decide to pack it all in and go solo. This doesn’t mean they won’t seek the help of a business partner, but they quit their jobs to start what could be a more exciting and fulfilling career. If you have been at your job for a while and this is dragging you down rather than lifting you up, you also know it’s time for you to make changes this year.
According to sources from 2015, three in 10 US jobs are held by self-employed professionals. If you would like to see the back of your boss and finally put in place that well overdue business plan you have been working on, it’s time to get comfortable with the unknown and take a leap into running your own company.
Ask for money
While it might be difficult for you to get funding from venture capitalists unless you have a solid idea and business plan in place that could attract potential funders, there are other sources of financing you could study. The first and most obvious of these is friends and family. If you have a good network of people around you, they will support you from the beginning to the end of your professional journey. If your circle of friends is a close one, chances are you might have already discussed your business idea with them. Don’t be afraid to ask for money that will give better shape to your concept. We all know starting your own venture is challenging and the journey will be harder without funds. If friends and family are unable to lend you any cash for your startup, applying for a business loan is your next logical step.
A business needs to be known in order for it to be successful, or it won’t thrive. This is also the case with your venture. You need to ensure that people in the industry are aware of your idea and that they know who is behind this. If you have just gone freelance, chances are you have already told your contacts that you are in business, but you need to go beyond these. In order to start and maintain a company, you will need to be out there networking with professionals like you. One right way of doing so is to research key industry events in your area and to turn up to these with a bunch of business cards that you can hand out to those you meet.
Market your business
Finally, but also very importantly, marketing your business will be crucial in the initial stages specially. You might want first to try to do this organically and without spending any money, and the best way to do this is to build a website that will describe your product and services in the best and clearest way to online audiences, and to then set up social media accounts that will drive traffic through to your site.
If you have a concept that’s worth fighting for, this is also worth spending some money on. With hard work, vision and determination, your business idea could end up being the next best startup.