A former client of mine sent me an email with some great questions about starting an online business and I thought I would answer them right here on the podcast so you can benefit from this information as well. I’ll share what I learned when starting my own business years ago that I didn’t expect, what I would do differently if I were getting started today, and what is essential for success. Building a business is a journey where you are always learning and making adjustments as you go along. It’s something you have to really want for yourself in order to ride out the ups and downs.
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How serious are you about your business? Are you just doing it casually until you can find a better opportunity? This podcast is for serious business owners who are excited and committed to serving clients well. We’ll review three ways for you to know that you really are serious about it. In the second half, I’ll explain why it’s not a good idea to give out your rates during the initial conversation with a potential client. You need time to review all the details of what’s involved in the project and come up with a reasonable rate, so I have a tip on how you can handle it if you feel pressured to give a rate on the spot.
Have you thought about how your business would continue if you suddenly became ill or got called away for an emergency? Do you have a backup plan if your power goes out or your WiFi goes down? What if something happened to the tools that you use for your business? These are all important questions to ask yourself so you can put a plan in place and not have the service for your clients interrupted. Your contingency plan might include a team of people that could be your backup. Another way to be prepared is to start documenting everything you do and I’ll share some tools in this episode for doing just that.