Seven Top Tips For First Time Business Owners

Even the biggest success stories come from small beginnings, and there is absolutely no reason why you can’t be a success too. With the right idea and a lot of hard work, you’ll be on your way to business success. However, there are many things it is helpful to know before forming a company and starting your first business. Here are seven top tips for first time business owners that will help you to launch your first venture successfully.

  1. Focus on one idea

Entrepreneurs often feel like they should be taking every opportunity and capitalising on new ideas. However, having multiple projects on the go means that you’ll be spread too thinly, which can slow your progress. It is better to do one thing perfectly than ten things poorly. If you’re thinking about jumping on another idea, it may be that your original concept isn’t grabbing you enough. See if you can adapt it and try to see an idea through from start to completion.


  1. Analyse weaknesses and strengths

What are you good at and where do you lack experience? It is a mistake to think you’ll be able to do everything yourself. Figure out where your strengths lie and surround yourself with successful advisors and mentors who will help you to become better at business.

  1. Start cheap

When you’re starting out after forming a company, watch every pound and triple check all expenses. The money in your wallet is all that’s keeping your business afloat at the start, so keep a close eye on it! Fancy offices and cars should wait until after business success.

  1. Scale down

If you need a lot of capital to get your business started, you should probably rethink your concept. Investors are unlikely to give money to someone that is untested. Scale down your idea and make it work as an early stage venture. If you’re successful, investors are more likely to be interested.

  1. Do what you know

Businesses built on strength and talent have a greater chance of being successful. Don’t jump into a business just because you think there’s a chance to make a lot of money fast. Do something you know and something you love. You’ll be putting a lot of work into this one idea so it’s important to like it!

  1. Learn your pitch

You never know who you’re going to meet, so it’s a great idea to have a thirty second pitch you can reel off. Be sure to adapt the pitch to the person and always be concise.

  1. Know when to walk away

If your idea doesn’t pan out the way you envisaged, know when to walk away. Don’t go down with a sinking ship. Instead, reflect on where mistakes were made and what could be done differently next time. Then try again, either with a new idea or with a fixed version of the old one. Never give up and you will prevail in business.

Thinking about forming a company?

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