Want To Be The Next Steve Jobs? 3 Tips to Get You Started
Now seems to be a better time than ever to start a new business. It almost seems like the open, democratic spirit of new media is mirroring itself in the physical world. With access to the world\’s advice and attention you can find massive amounts of help and inspiration to get your business going, as well as network with the people who will be your future customer base.
Here is some entrepreneur advice for the prospective entrepreneur in the 21st century:
Want To Be The Next Steve Jobs ?
Create a Business Plan
Starting up a business is not something that you do simply do. Figure out what you are going to be selling, to who, with who and where. In the planning stages of your business try to narrow your focus and be as specific as you can. The zeal of entrepreneurship may provoke you into crafting overambitious plans. Financially assessing all of your costs early in the process will help you to reel things in and plan pragmatically. Also note, your business plan is an important component of getting funding for your business. You need to demonstrate that you have put extensive thought into a sustainable idea.
Know Where to Find Start-up Money
There are a number of great ways you may not have thought of to get some start-up funding. The Small Business Administration has a micro-loan program for home based businesses. A clever strategy is to barter your own services for others that your business needs. With the advent of crowd funding websites like Kickstarter, you don\’t have to write numerous grant proposals in a bid for money. You can get funding from the people who have faith in your product.
Integrate with Social Media
No matter what your business idea is, it can can be infused with freshness by pairing it with social media. To create a company and ignore the promotion possible with websites like Facebook and Twitter is a huge mistake. Realize your potential market is limitless. With the Internet you can find an unexpected customer base, creatively market for free and build a sense of community around your brand name. Create an attractive, modern website and an active Facebook group and you have already separated yourself from a lot of the long established, but old-fashioned, businesses competing with you. Perhaps the most powerful part of social media is the ability to directly communicate with your customer base. This means you can receive, and integrate, actual feedback from the people buying your products.