So far in the Build Your Dream Company course, I have defined the purpose behind starting my business, assessed my own skills and experience in my industry, and researched resources, target customers, and pricing models for my business. Now, it’s time for me to write my business plan but…how do I get started? Read More
Yesterday, I attended Entrecon at Utah Valley University. During the event, I listened to a presentation by Chad Kerby from InfusionSoft where he pointed out that people don’t buy from people they like, they buy from people they trust. He went on to quote David Horsager, “People trust the clear and distrust the ambiguous.” Read More
In my last blog post, I looked at several different questions to help me narrow down my business idea. My past experience with graphic design, paired with my artistic ability and passion for visual storytelling, helped me decide to start a business as a children’s book illustrator. So, I have my shiny, new idea and I’m ready to move forward. What now? Read More
Whether we are aware of it or not, our past experiences play an enormous role in determining where we are today. Each choice, each decision, each success and each defeat has paved the way for us to continue to move forward on our unique journey in both our personal and professional lives. Read More
What is your business idea? Some entrepreneurs already have a wonderful idea they already know they want to make a reality. Others might have several ideas or variations of an idea. Or no idea at all, just a desire driving them. I fall under the second category. I know I want to be an illustrator but there are several directions I could take that as a business. Read More
If you’re ready to pick a name for your business, then make sure you don’t fall in love with one that will break your bank!
Oh, what’s in a name? If a rose was known by any other name would it smell as sweet? Read More
What’s My Why?
In the second module of the Build Your Dream Company course, I was presented with a question. What’s my why? Why do I want to go into business? What’s my purpose? I’ve spent the last week or so trying to pinpoint exactly why I want to start a business, especially when I don’t consider myself an entrepreneur, and it’s been difficult to express. Read More
Let me begin by saying, anyone that tells you that entrepreneurship is easy has either never been a business owner, or is just straight up in denial. Even with all of the ups and downs I would still rather work 80 hours a week for myself than 40 for someone else. The key I have found is to listen to the experts who blazed the trail before me and to find a balance between the good and the bad, the tedious work and the creative work. Read More