You have the idea, the business plan, and even the financing, now it is time to fill in the details and get your start-up off the ground. If you have been an employee forever, and this is your first new business, you most likely need a paradigm shift. Your new paradigm should include a view from 30,000 feet where you do not spend hours doing every available task. If you want to get yourself in the game sooner, you need to look for what has already been done that you can use. Here are four tips for how to do that:
Share Office Space
One of the first things you should be on the lookout for is the opportunity to hire a serviced office. These offices allow you to get your business off the ground tomorrow, instead of waiting to sign leases, hire vendors, and sort out all of the bills. For one low weekly rate, you have access to office and meeting space, a business center, secretarial services, and even a dignified mailing address in the heart of a commerce district. All of these things lend your new business immediate credibility.
Stand on the Shoulders of Others
Just like you don’t need to puzzle over every aspect of your office space, you don’t need to behave as though no one has ever started a business like yours. Take advantage of the insight available to you from those who have gone before you. Research successful businesses in your industry and determine if any of those ideas make sense for your business. Or, streamline the process by finding a mentor in your industry. A mentor can help you wade through all your start-up paperwork more quickly and create access to a network of people previously unavailable to you. They can also be a source of encouragement when starting your new business feels overwhelming.
Hire the Right Help
You do not have to design your own logo, website, and branding. There are brand design agencies with a great deal of experience that could create an excellent product for you in far less time than it would take you. As you budget your start-up funds, consider putting money aside to hire a company that can help you get to market quickly by doing the heavy lifting with your branding elements.
Automate Whenever Possible
There are going to be many repetitive tasks in every area of your business, such as setting meetings, invoicing, employee payroll, and responding to sales questions. You do not have to spend any of your time doing these things if you automate your processes. For example, you can employ chatbots to answer the most frequently asked customer questions. You can use forms to aggregate data instead of trying to record everything yourself. Look for opportunities to automate tasks early so that you can focus your time and energy on revenue-generating activities. Allow your systems to take care of everything else for you.
Get your start-up off the ground faster by fully utilizing all of the resources available to you. Start by hiring a serviced office in the heart of the action. Locate a mentor in your industry who can guide you through paperwork and people. Hire someone to create your brand image if you are not skilled in that area, and don’t forget to automate everywhere you possibly can. All of these efforts will allow you to remain focused on the task at hand—opening those business doors as soon as possible.