There are so many aspects to starting a business. If you don’t have a business background, figuring out where to start and what to do first can be really difficult. But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t have to be that way.
There’s so much ambiguity when you first start out. Having a better idea about what to do (and what not to do!) is going to save you so much time.
The biggest and most daunting problem that you’re facing is likely exactly that you don’t know what you don’t know.
If you don’t know where to start, you don’t know what is going to have the greatest value and what’s going to make you the most amount of money.
When I first started in business, the options were Facebook posts and blogging. I wondered, “Do I start a website or do I start producing content?” It was all so overwhelming that I spent way more time spinning my wheels than actually getting shit done, to be totally honest.
If I had known these do’s and don’ts at that time then I probably would have been able to avoid being in that position.
I think most people actually think about this all wrong. They think that they have to have it all figured out. The wonderful truth is that you actually don’t!
Here are five huge do’s and don’ts – tried and tested by my own experiences – that I promise are going to save you so much time.
DO: Know what you’re good at (and really, way more importantly, know what you’re not good at)
By doing so, you can apply our focus more. And by doing so, you can do number two, which is…
DO: Outsource what you’re not good at
I promise, you’ll save so much time by just focusing on the high-value activities and the pieces that you love to do rather than spinning your wheels on what you don’t love or are not good at.
DO: Know how much you can get done in one day. And do not, I repeat, do not sell yourself short and set yourself up for failure by thinking that you can do so much more than you actually can.
I’ve done this so many times. When I looked at my to-do list, I’d think, “Oh yeah, I can get all that done today.” Many times, I’d only get halfway through, and feel depleted. Bank on things that you can’t control, like emergencies popping up, and leave wiggle room for them.
DON’T: Make everything an “A” priority.
Especially when I was first starting out, I lived in the “urgent and important” mode. Everything on my list was urgent, had to be done yesterday, and I set myself up for failure by making 10, 15, or even 20 different “A” priorities. Do not do that. It is physically, mentally, and emotionally impossible to make everything an “A” priority. Utilize your Bs, Cs, Ds, and, if needed, Es, Fs, Gs, and Hs.
DON’T: Say “yes” when you really want to say no.
This one will save you so much stress. I promise. Because one of two things is going to happen when you do. You’re either going to say “yes”, regret that you said “yes”, and begrudgingly do whatever activity it is that you said “yes” to. Or, number two is going to happen, and you’re going to cancel on what you said “yes” to, and it’s not going to look good for you, your brand, or your business. Do yourself a favour. When you really want to say “no”, just bite the bullet and stick with your gut.