It was just under three years ago that I officially started up Home Restyler as my business. This time round I didn't write a business plan, I didn't work out budgets, time plans, meet with a bank manager to discuss the financial side of things, carry out any market research or do any of what I had done when I had developed two entirely different start-up ideas before. I followed my heart and turned my passion into my job.
Ok, I have to admit that my family wasn't reliant on my income paying the bills, but it was looking forward to finally being able to enjoy some little extras and treats that we couldn't afford without it. I am not advocating this as the way to launch your business if you are thinking of starting out on your own, but what I do want to say is that if you feel passionate about it, committed to it and have an unabating desire to take on the challenge and see it through, then that is the absolute BEST place to start. All the rest will follow.
So, why am I sharing this with you today? Well,after about 18 months of being in business I came across Enterprise Nation, which exists to provide support for UK homegrown business through its books, events and on its website. From free start-up kits for a fiver, which includes a fab e-book by start-up expert Emma Jones packed full of all the initial info you need, 50 free Moo business cards and loads of other helpful goodies to incredibly helpful, insightful and useful advice for helping you market, grow and develop your business. Take for example 'TechTuesday', the latest advice for which was an Infographic all about how to become a master of LinkedIn
I thought I'd be helpful today for anyone out there who might be googling 'start-up business' or generally looking for advice for starting out on your own. I thoroughly recommend Enterprise Nation as a one stop shop for everything you will need to get your business up and running. You can also register your business on their website, always good for helping Google searches! This is where you'll find Home Restyler.
And if you're about to launch your own business good luck, why not share your elevator pitch here and we an help spread your word *smile*