My wife and I recently started a business. Technically, I think we’re planning a business, since the incorporation papers are still winging their way through the mail, but it feels like it’s been started. We’ve got a P.O. Box, a domain name, and
my wife has been devouring books with titles like “Working for Yourself” and “Start, Run and Grow Your Own Business”.
For the moment, we’re focusing on finding work for her, since I rather like my day job (and subsequent health benefits… wouldn’t it be great to find affordable health insurance when you start your own business?), but I wouldn’t mind picking up some extra freelance work on the side. I’m starting to think that the only way I will ever pay off my credit cards is by increasing revenue to a level far above what I need to get by.
Our first outing as a company was a couple of days ago to a local Chamber of Commerce networking event. I had a couple glasses of wine so that I could pretend I’m not painfully shy, and though it was still awkward, I was rewarded to see people’s faces light up as I described the kind of work we’re planning. I saw some expressions on faces that seemed to say, “hey, we could use that kind of work at our business!”
But there’s still plenty for us to learn. Since the President seems to have the book-learnin’ angle covered (or could it be because my eyes get tired looking at words on paper?), I’ve been looking online for advice, and found that the Small Business Administration has a YouTube channel. The video production values are about what you’d expect from a bureaucratic agency, but I figured the content might still be worthy. As an example, here’s their video going over the “top 10 tips for small business owners”:
I noticed that “networking” isn’t in the Top 10, or perhaps everybody accepts it as a given. Either way, I hope this video series is useful to the rest of our readers who also have entrepreneurial tendencies. If you’re one of them, what other advice can you offer us newbies?
Updated June 23, 2016 and originally published September 11, 2009.