When I started my own business 5 years ago, I had no idea on what went behind writing a blog. I knew what blogs were, and enjoyed reading them, following my favourites and finding new blogs to follow. How hard could it be, I mean I had lots to say and share. I was wrong, there is so much more that goes into it, we all make mistakes along the way. That is natural and things we can learn and grow from.
With the current climate, many more are looking at starting out on their own business. It can be a scary jump to going from a regular paid income, but also exciting. Some of you may have lost your jobs through the COVID-19 pandemic, and looking at other employment options. If this is you and you are looking into starting your own business, I have 3 tips for starting a business, that you will hopefully find helpful.
Get started online
The first thing you need to do is get your business online. No matter what you decide to do having a website and social media channels is a must do.
How many times have you searched for a service or company and found they have no social media or even a website? If like me, you will continue looking for somewhere that has a website and online presence. If I do this, how many others do the same? How much business have you lost by not having this?
When setting up a website you should ensure you have
- An about me page
- A contact me page
- Blog page – you can keep customers up to date with what you are doing, and also you are adding fresh content frequently. This will mean you will rank better in Google searches.
SEO is something you need to know, it can take time to learn about it, but is definitely something you need to concentrate on. This helps in Google searches. Also Google searches are regionalised to your area, or area you are searching. There are companies that can help ensure you reach great SEO, if you are in Ontaria you could look at great SEO Mississouga.
Choosing the right people to help
A key to running your own business, is finding the right people to help you with what you need help for. Word of mouth always goes without saying and is the best recommendation you can get. But if you have no one who can recommend you go to Google. Which is why what we talked about above is important. Finding the right person is crucial you may need help in
- Installing Office Equipment
- Removers such as https://www.mybekins.com/location/las-vegas-nv-movers/ to help move office equipment
- Printers for office stationery
Will you be selling products or a service online?
If your business entails selling products or a service, you will need to look at various ways to take payment online. A customer will more likely book and pay for a product when on your site, rather than having to ring or wait for an invoice.
There are many companies like https://www.northamericanbancard.com/products/virtual-terminal who offer virtual terminals. This will allow you to take payments online, 24/7 meaning you do not have to work office hours and lose potential business.
I hope that you have found this helpful, if you are looking to start up your own business.