Three Baby Steps You Can Take Today to Get Your Business Off the Ground

When I work with business coaching clients, every week we get together over the phone to talk about one aspect of building their business. At the end of each call, they identify some homework to complete during the coming week.

What I’ve noticed is how effective this method has been so far in helping people stop procrastinating and stay productive. Having a concrete task to do each week encourages you to keep moving forward in your business little by little. I call this taking consistent baby steps. There are a lots of things you can do to get your business off the ground, but knowing what you need to do doesn’t matter if nothing ever gets done. Here are a few baby steps you can take today. And I DO mean today :)

Ask a Successful Business Owner How They Did It

When I first started working for myself full-time, I reached out to several other consultants who I had been friendly with in my role at my day job. They were all happy to chat with me over the phone or meet for coffee so I could learn about their path. Chances are, you have at least one friend, college buddy or even a casual acquaintance who is a business owner. Now is the time to reach out to them to ask them about their journey – what they did to get to where they are today? Caveat: if this person is a career or business coach, please don’t ask them to coach you for free or to “pick their brain” on every little thing you have questions about. They probably get that all the time and it’s annoying. Simply ask if they’d be willing to share with you how they got started in their business. Sweeten the deal by offering to take them out to a restaurant for lunch or dinner – your treat.

Create a Website for Your Business

In 2013, every business should have a website. Clients and customers now expect you to have a presence online. And I’m so thankful for advanced technology because now, you don’t have to pay an arm, a leg and a kidney to get your website designed. The easiest, cheapest, fastest way to do this is to set up a website using simple blogging software. You can literally get your website up and running in minutes – for free! –  using a blogging platform like WordPress.com or Blogger.com. If you still don’t have a web presence yet (or know you need a more professional-looking one) download my free ebook, The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Blog that walks you step-by-step through this process.

Plan to Attend a Networking Event in Your City

When you’re just starting your business, it’s important to connect with as many potential clients and customers as possible. Jump at the opportunity to attend networking events related to your industry. It’s one of the best ways to find clients and make industry contacts that may hire you at a later date or recommend you to their colleagues. You may have to pay a fee to attend conferences or events, but they are usually well worth the price. You’re paying to chat with a roomful of your target clientele or potential collaborators. And remember, just one new customer may enable you to earn back the cost and then some! You can find local events and conferences though your city’s newspaper, chamber of commerce, Meetup.com or even Eventbrite (just type in the name of your city).

Which one of these baby steps do you need to take today to get your business off the ground?

P.S. If you need some one-on-one support to help you move forward, check out my coaching options to see how we can work together.

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  1. Asking someone how they are doing something is a great tip. I’ve finally started doing this and it’s interesting how eager folks are to tell you about themselves and what they are doing. Of course, I’ve run into those who have cunningly changed the subject and I acted like I didn’t notice. There are so many people willing to share the “secrets” that I don’t have to force those who don’t.

    Networking is something else that I’m working on getting stronger at. Especially networking at trade shows and conferences. I have to attend more events this year.

    • Yes, there are a lot of people who love sharing about their journey and processes. I have found that it often works better if you already have a relationship with the person. Personally, because of the nature of my work I get a lot of strangers asking for advice and it gets tiring after a while. So I always prioritize my IRL friends or people I’ve at least met or worked with before.

      What kinds of trade shows/conferences do you attend? Ones related to your travel blog or others?

      • It’s nice to hear the perspective of someone who has to turn down newbie requests. Thanks for giving that point of view.

        I usually attend conferences related to travel, travel blogging or general blogging. It’s nice to network outside of social media. I’m getting to the point where I’m able to connect people for services, and it feels good to give recommendations. Teamwork makes the dream work. :-)

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