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Kaizen Print's Avatar Kaizen Print Kaizen Print is offline
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If you had one tip to give a small start up business, what would it be?

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Always keep your thoughts on the main objective of your business, making money! Unless you are a Non-profit of course!
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I would go for "over selling, either with a crummy pitch or too low a price makes you look desperate" myself.

Not thinking of anyone of course.
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"Don't run before you can walk" - large projects require a buffer of capital or generous credit facilities, neither of which are luxuries enjoyed by many new businesses at the moment! Similar to over-trading but it only takes one big project to really make look small.
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Print out your first order, frame it, and put it on the wall.

This will do two things for you. If you have n't got your first order yet it will focus your attention on getting it. For instance, don't delay trying to get your first order because you are still wondering if the logo on their website looks better a pixel to the left or to the right. Sure, your website is important, but you also need to do all the other things around it to get your business off the ground.

If you have got your first order, having it on the wall ensures you don't lose sight of what your business is about. I used to work for Mars and as you walked across the car park in the morning you smelt the chocolate and watched articulated lorries being filled which left you in no doubt what the business was there to do. Sometimes startups lose that focus so printing out your first order will remind you what it is all about.

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Be Careful who your customers are - some may not pay back on their credit terms and go bankrupt.

example of this is:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11291778

and dont fall in to administration like these local businesses:

http://www.u.tv/news/200-jobs-at-ris...d-ca1ebde4a820
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Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it

I posted a link to this thread on Twitter and got the following great advice from handmade contemporary jewellery maker Jessica Flinn (Jessica Flinn Designs)

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Ask for help when you need it because you'd be surprised how many people want to help!
Having run my own business in my spare time in the past I can only agree. Many entrepreneurs / small business owners feel they have to do everything on their own but there's only so many hours in the day and you can't be an expert in everything.

Therefore, it's best to work out what your strengths are, focus all your energies on that, and bring in the experts when you need them, even if that means dipping your hand in your pocket (i.e. accountants, lawyers, web designers, admin, etc).

...and of course this Discussion Forum is a great place to start!
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Keep things simple.

This enables you to concentrate fully on what you're offering. You should have a mission, and everything you do should reflect that. Offer less services, and become damn good at offering them before moving onto anything else.

Oh, and regarding your online presence, come across not just as yourself, but as your BEST self. The self you truly desire to be. Then start becoming that best self.
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Some people have more money than sense....

When I started in business I had very low funds, less than £100. I managed
to teach myself seo, adwords and how to build a website.

1) The seo got me number 1 on google for the keyphrases google adwords consultant and adwords consultant.

2) Adwords -Seo and adwords generated a huge amount of leads per month

3) Used Xsitepro.com to build my website

4) Found a copywriter from india to write my website which cost less than a pub meal and generated me thousands of pounds in revenue.

5) Correct mindset, it has changed my life - http://scienceofgettingrich.net/

Do your homework, teach yourself the most essential skills and build relationships with talented people who come recommended on business forums.
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Some people have more money than sense....

When I started in business I had very low funds, less than £100. I managed
to teach myself seo, adwords and how to build a website.

1) The seo got me number 1 on google for the keyphrases google adwords consultant and adwords consultant.

2) Adwords -Seo and adwords generated a huge amount of leads per month

3) Used Xsitepro.com to build my website

4) Found a copywriter from india to write my website which cost less than a pub meal and generated me thousands of pounds in revenue.

5) Correct mindset, it has changed my life - http://scienceofgettingrich.net/

Do your homework, teach yourself the most essential skills and build relationships with talented people who come recommended on business forums.

Care to share the copywriter? currently looking for one

Thanks,
Ryan
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Foster a can do attitude - learn how to do things rather than pay people to do them for you!

If you actually put your mind to it you can do anything surely its better than paying out thousands on websites, logos, facebook pages etc?
I completely disagree with this. As a new business you have limited resources in terms of time and money. You have to weigh up which of the two is best spent on any particular activity. E.g. I can build a website, design our projects, and do the grunt work and book keeping; but I'm not so hot at graphics/design, lead generation or maintaining a cool temperament whilst dealing with bankers - so for me, it's best to spend my time on the former, and money on outsourcing the latter.

People have differing skillsets and areas of expertise. You don't use a lawyer to wire your house and you don't ask a sparky to write your divorce papers.

Chris
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Care to share the copywriter? currently looking for one

Thanks,
Ryan
Hi Ryan

the copywriter I used back then no longer does freelance work, he manage to find himself a full time job. I do my own seo copywriting, after years of relying on others. Check out my website www.wordsofmagic.co.uk. Send us a message and I'll sort you out a discount price because you belong to this forum.

Kind Regards,
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