Are you thinking about or actually starting a new business? Maybe feeling unsure about what to do, in what order, to get the best results?
This post will help you a high-level overview of what it takes to start your business off strong. For details on how to implement everything outlined here, plus bonus materials on costly mistakes to watch out for, check out our free, one-hour training video on Starting Strong.
Value is why people want to trade with you. It’s something they want – something you offer that they find compelling.
Value isn’t fixed or tangible; it rests in perceived benefit. It’s in the mind of the beholder. So how do you create it?
If you want to understand how to create value in your business, think about how you can be of service. Consider your ideal clients and ask yourself (or better yet, them!):
A big part of what’s going to hold you back and cause you to make mistakes as you start your business is the assumptions you are making.
It's important to test your assumptions and get feedback on your business idea before you invest time and energy in fully launching it. Challenge yourself on the assumptions you are making about:
The best way to challenge your own assumptions, and make sure your business is built on a solid foundation, is to get real market feedback on your idea -- the sooner the better!
No matter how you plan to connect with potential customers -- online, in person, or through various marketing channels -- being able to talk about your business easily is absolutely essential to your success.
A lot of new business owners are uncomfortable talking about their business, especially if they feel it isn’t fully cooked yet. But even if you have no web site, no business cards, and aren't really sure about some of the details…. None of that matters!
At the beginning, what matters is the practice of talking about your business, everywhere you go, to all kinds of people. You'll get more and more comfortable & more and more clear talking about your business. You'll also likely find that at least some people are going to be enthusiastic supporters of what you are doing or trying to do… And that you'll get help, support, and encouragement from many different places, in many different forms.
So how should you talk about your business?
Watch out for the tendency to talk waaaaay too much, which is what we tend to do when we're uncomfortable. You'll do better by just listening.
Listen for the problem or goal that your customer has, and then offer your solution if it’s the right one. Find out:
Invest your time and energy on the right things - at the right time, and you'll set your business up for long-term, sustainable success.
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