Congratulations! You’ve just taken the first steps to owning your own home business. How exciting! You’ve got big plans. Dreams of helping others while you support your family. And now you’re putting in all the hard work that’s going to go into your new home business launch.
You should be so proud of yourself!
Here are 7 things to do to make sure you launch your new at home business successfully.
Before Your Home Business Launch
1. Determine Your Mission
No matter what kind of business you are venturing into, it’s worth your time to stop for a moment and assess your overall mission for your business. Otherwise, you are going to chase every wind that blows hoping to stumble upon success.
That’s not how success works. Success comes from strategic, consistent effort applied in a way that fits in with your individual values, skills, and personality. Everyone can be successful, but your path to success is going to be unique to you. The first step is to ask yourself a couple of good questions.
- What have you decided to do with this business?
- Who will you serve?
- How will you serve them?
- How won’t you serve them?
- What value will you bring to the lives of others with your new venture?
2. Establish Your Support Network
As you begin working in your new business, you are going to encounter many difficulties.
Some might be minor hurdles, such as who is going to pick up little Johnnie from the soccer field when you have an appointment at the exact same time.
Other hurdles might be a little more complex, like whether or not to take the opportunity to join in with a network of women who travel nationally multiple times a year – pulling you away from your responsibilities at home.
No matter how simple your new business venture is, you are guaranteed to encounter many varying degrees of difficulties. When those times come, you want to already have your support team already established. Here are some qualities to look for as you compile your support team:
3. Clean Up Your Social Media
You are about to be the face of a public business. And if you are like the majority of the rest of the world, you already have your name plastered all over several different social media sites. Right now is the best time to go make sure that the image that is out there representing you personally is professional, mature, and clean.
Like it or not, your image is the face of the company. Any of your political views, dietary habits, social nuances, and all those other bits of information about you will by default reflect the face of your new business.
Maybe you’re just fine with the image you’ve carefully crafted online – then again, maybe not. Either way, now would be a good time to go through the different sites to ensure that your personal image matches the business brand you are now creating. Some sites to check as you get started:
4. Create a Work Schedule
You’re a professional now. You have your own business. Your profits and losses rest squarely on your shoulders. Your efforts determine your success. Period.
Yes, I know that was a heavy truth. It is simultaneously a freeing truth. Since your success depend on your efforts, you are the one who gets to decide just how much income you are going to bring in. There’s no boss refusing to give you a raise despite the amazing work you’re putting in. There are no hours to be cut if business is slowing down.
- What days of the week are you going to work?
- How many hours per day/week are you willing to put in?
- Which holidays are you going to schedule off?
- What hours will you need to block out to make sure you are still taking care of your other responsibilities?
5. Set Up Your Work Space
As a new business owner, you are going to want to have a place that houses everything related to your business. Whether you have inventory, crafting materials, documents, or simply a stack of business cards – everything needs it’s own home. This will help you to know where everything related to your business is at all times.
You’ll be able to quickly know if you need to purchase extra supplies. You’ll also know if you already have enough supplies so you don’t buy a bunch of unnecessary stuff.
This is going to save you time AND money. Two of my favorite things to do!
Here are some things to consider about setting up your work space:
- How much space do you really need for your business?
- Will you need storage?
- What types of things will you be storing/organizing in your space?
- Will you need (or want) privacy?
- What areas are currently available in your home?
- Could you rearrange some rooms or the layout of a room to give you enough space?
6. Establish Professional Boundaries
When you start a new job, the company usually gives you an orientation on what they expect of you while you’re working for them. This might include use of your cell phone, company resources, your dress code, etc…. A big part of this is setting up professional boundaries, making sure that you are using the company’s time productively and that you are presenting a professional image where necessary.
You should do the same thing for yourself – in a manner of speaking. Here are some questions to get your gears turning about what boundaries you are going to want to establish as you prepare for your home business launch.
- How will you use your cell phone during your work hours?
- What are your guidelines around the use of social media while you’re working?
- What is your dress code? When will you use it? Everyday? Only when in public or with clients?
- What is your minimum amount of work to be done each week?
- How will you handle your business when you are sick?
7. Get a Coach
Last, but definitely not least, you need to have a coach by your side throughout your business. The best time to get started working with a coach is right now.
I get where you are. I’ve been there. Multiple times, in fact. I’ve been in a home business launch with a coach and without a coach. Let me tell you, you do not want to do this without a coach.
A coach is going to help you break down your goals into digestible, doable chunks. They will help you see the bigger picture while working on the smaller pieces. They will help you keep your eyes on the prize when the road gets a little tougher than you expected. A coach is going to hold you accountable for doing what you say you want to do.
Most importantly, a coach is going be right there with you throughout your journey cheering you on all along the way.
I know you’re thinking, “That will cost me a fortune! I just don’t have that kind of cash laying around right now.” Coaching can be expensive. Not all coaching is going to cost you a down payment on a house, however.
Let me let you in on a little secret that most professional coaches won’t tell you. Working with a coach actually doesn’t have to cost you a penny. Not one wooden nickel. Nothing. Nada.
Where to find a coach
Believe it or not, you could probably tap into the community right there at your fingertips and find someone who is willing to be your accountability partner/cheerleader as you get going in your business. Here are some great places to look:
- Church members
- Community organizations
- Social media
The individuals in the groups I’ve listed here won’t likely have the skills/training to help you get to your ultimate goals in your business. They could, however, help keep you motivated during those initial stages of getting yourself grounded. Consider recruiting more than one of the people in these groups to help you in different areas where they might be more suited.
The important part to consider is whether or not this individual can help you get one step further in your process. Later on down the road, when you are more financially able, you could consider finding + hiring a coach who will work within your budget. Until then, work with what the good Lord gave ya!
What’s one thing you’re still struggling with in starting your new business?
Tell us in the comments below!