I define a real business with two main qualifiers. One it’s authentic to you and two it pays you. Authentic business building is all about receiving money for providing value that fulfills you. That’s it.
As Steven Covey in his excellent book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People shared – Begin with the end in mind and put first things first.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Synopsis: Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Planning, prioritizing, and executing your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluating if your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you towards goals, and enrich the roles and relationships elaborated in Habit 2.
This may surprise you but the first thing in turning your idea into a business is not incorporating or figuring out how to file your taxes. It’s not ordering business cards or putting up a website.
These things are all necessary but distracting steps, that can dilute your energy and cause you to avoid taking action.
No one has ever been paid for getting ready to be in business.
You aren’t really in business until you have a customer.
Are there preliminary steps that you must take to develop your idea into a business? Yes there are but they do not have to take you months to accomplish and you don’t have to write a traditional business plan.
Getting started in real business building activity is more important than writing a plan you may or may not ever follow.
Yet a written summary of the business is an essential focusing tool. Just write out what your business idea is, explain the product or service, define who you will be selling to and what aspect of your product, service, delivery or business model gives you a unique edge in the marketplace.
After you do that – then get busy building your business. A good place to start is by asking, answering and acting on these five questions.
1). What can I do now to move this idea forward into a business.
2). What are the next 90, 60 and 30 day milestones to set and hit to prove that I am doing so?
3). What are the three toughest questions I could get from someone who is testing my commitment and the idea’s validity?
4). What are my most enthusiastic and confident responses to each question?
5). How can I put myself in front of potential clients or customers now so I’m having real conversations about my real business?
Do these things first and you will create clarity and progress.
Go direct to what you want. Take action to get it and before you know it – you’ll have a real business.