Starting up a business is a scary thing. There's little security, a lot of risk and sometimes it is exhausting.
We are now in our third year of business, which is admittedly still very early days. We still have a lot to learn as we continue on this crazy and unpredictable journey. Even so, I realise that we have a few pieces of advice which we can offer...and perhaps because we are still so fresh in this journey ourselves, the advice may be relevant to someone else on the verge or early days of such a decision.
So here are some of the most important things we have learnt so far.
Get well connected.
Meet people, lots of people. Surround yourself with others who understand this very unique feeling of being in business. Get involved in a couple of different types of business groups.
Join a group of like-minded business people. These are people who you can trust, and share the load with. They might be the first people you tell if you are worried about meeting your mortgage payment that week or if you are excited about some new success or accomplishment. As encouraging as your other friends are, they might not be so excited about meeting a new influencer or nailing the gst for the first time.
Join a networking group. The local Chamber of Commerce is a great way to start. Not only do you get to meet other business people who may want to use your services or refer you, but there is a wealth of knowledge and support here also. Generally speaking, the people you are connecting with are wanting you to succeed too. There are other networking groups such as BNI and it's a matter of going along and seeing where you fit in. There's no problem in joining multiple groups either. The more people you connect with, the better!
We have certainly appreciated the amazing advice, connections and experience that others have had to offer us.