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Surviving Your First Year in Business

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When you have decided to start out for yourself in your own business, you have already taken a huge step in life which many will never take. Congratulations!

However, it is never all sunshine and rainbows. Quite the opposite in fact. This is when the hard work begins. The first year of any business is vital and claims many victims who for one reason or another do not make it any further. In order to run the gauntlet of year one and come out alive and kicking, there are a few points you should observe.

Great Expectations

Many, when starting their business have huge expectations of success and grandeur. This is all very well and healthy in terms of a motivating factor when starting a business. It is natural to dream and for many, these dreams do come true. However, the path to that success is rarely easy. This is a common denominator you will find within many of the world’s most successful businesses and entrepreneurs. From Steve Jobs at Apple to Richard Branson at Virgin and most in between, they have struggled at one point or another. In those terms, it is important therefore to manage you expectations, especially within the first year. That doesn’t mean you have to dilute your dream but simple take one step at a time and try not to lose sight of the bigger picture.

Too Much Too Soon

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Following on from the previous point about taking one step at a time, this also applies to your business models and ideas. A commonly observed mistake within new businesses and owners is that in their exuberance, enthusiasm and passion for the business, they race way ahead of themselves and try to be or do too much.

This have the opposite impact on customers and clients who may see a confused offering, unsure of their strongest point or unique selling point and perhaps afraid to embrace it. Therefore, it is key to stick to the basics when starting out. These are tried and tested thing which work. Over time, once you have started to build up a successful reputation, there is nothing to stop you doing as many new things as you desire. Take the Virgin group again as proof of this. Starting with Virgin Records before now branching even into space with Virgin Galactic.

Don’t Fear Failure

Of course this is a point which is easier said than done. However, as we can see from any number of examples, failure sometimes happens to the best entrepreneurs in business. In fact, many would say that it helps to build the correct characteristics to be successful in the long run. Most failures tend to happen in the first year. If this happens, all you can do is ensure to pick yourself up and try again. On many occasions it may not be your first business idea which is the best. It could well be your third, fourth or fifth, so keep trying!

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The Advantages of Mobile Working

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In today’s modern business world, flexibility is key. This means that increasingly we are seeing the trends shift. This shift is one which is in favor of mobile working and freelance employment. Mobile working meaning specifically that more of us are starting to wok away from the traditional office space. This could mean being at home, the local coffee shop or on the move as a digital nomad of sorts.

Whatever your chosen location, it is clear that the mobile workforce is increasing. This brings with it certain positives. We will outline a few of these for those of you who are considering the move.

Time is Money

As the old adage goes, time most certainly is money. Mobile working means that you can comfortably work anytime anyplace anywhere. This cuts out time wastage, especially on those morning and evening commutes. All round, your working life will become more efficient and more productive. The fact that you will also save financially on things like commuting costs only serves to heighten this point. At the click of a button, your working life just became a whole lot more productive and profitable.

Convenience is Key

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As well as the obvious monetary positives of moving to a mobile working environment, convenience is also high on the list of benefits. This means not only convenience in terms of easy access for you but most importantly for your customers and clients. With a mobile work environment, you can always be close at hand to answer question and deal with problems which may arise. No more “Out of Office” generated replies. In this way, your client or customers satisfaction can be greatly increased, leading to all round benefits for your business. All from the comfort of any place you choose to work from.

Home or Away Comforts

Make no mistake, one of the most energy-sapping, motivation killers is a commute. With a mobile working environment, you remove this white elephant from your life. This allows you to go head first in to the start of your day without having endured the morning rush hour gauntlet and end you day at the click of a button, rather than dreading that packed and sweaty train ride. Work from your home, the local Starbucks. Literally wherever you choose. Your workplace can now be as comfortable and free-flowing as Google or Facebook. There is a reason these company choose to harness such comfortable and flexible working environments. They Work.

Final Thoughts

As we move into an ever increasing digital age, so should our working environments. This promotion of flexibility, convenience and comfort ultimately leads to happier and more productive workers. Overall, this benefits both you as the worker and your employer as efficiency and production both boost the bottom line.

If you are ready for the transition to a mobile working place, do not fear the move. Be open and remind yourself of the positive life benefits we have covered and see this as you future path to freedom.

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