Start That Business
There are so many reasons to want to start your own business; Schedule flexibility, no cap to your earning potential, and freedom to do what you love every day. Many people think that starting a business is time-consuming and expensive. However, I believe that it can be as inexpensive and painless as you want it to be.
Here are some beginning steps I took to get Myliu Marketing off the ground.
Applied and Registered for my LLC - An LLC may or may not be the right option for you, take the time to research what business structure is the best fit. Consulting your CPA (Certified Public Accountant) is also a great first step.
Set Up a Business Bank Account - After receiving all of my documentation back from the State, I applied for a business account at my bank. This ensured any and all of my upcoming business expenses were in one place. Having a business account also draws a clean line of what is business revenue/expenses vs. personal expenses.
Made a Business Gmail Account - Don't worry about getting a fancy branded email account in the beginning. Yes, it looks more professional and credible to have a branded email but trust me, no one really cares.
Created a Website - Research the options to find your best fit. You can get a custom domain and design a website relatively quick and easy through Google (I mean for as little as $12, easy). I chose Wix because of the beautiful design templates and great analytics it offers. Especially if you sell goods vs. services, this can affect which website is the perfect choice for you. Here's a video I watched to help me pick. You can always transfer your site if you end up not liking the platform.
Create your Business Social Media Accounts - In my opinion, this is the fun part. Get your new business out there by inviting friends and family to like, follow and share your new business pages. You will be shocked by the outpouring of love and support you receive.
Bonus Tip - I read Seth Godin's 'This Is Marketing' book. When I tell you that this book revolutionized how I do business, I mean it. I had an idea of what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it, but Godin completely changed my vision. Although it says 'marketing' in the title, it's a great book for entrepreneurs in all stages of their business. It's a great read, check it out and let me know what you think.
Being an entrepreneur is not all sunshine and rainbows. It's hard work and you have to be a go-getter, take risks and make mistakes. Getting started is the most intimidating part, but I promise that you got this. If you have more specific questions about how to start, I would love to be a resource for you. Send me a chat!
That's it for now! Stay tuned for more blogs, tips, and general marketing knowledge.
Thanks for reading!
This blog is strictly my opinion and in no way legal advice!