Starting a business has always been in my mind and it lead me towards starting my own web services and digital Publishing company in London. I officially launched our Digital Publishing company this Summer. If I look back my experiences and How I went about starting my business, first I understood the I lacked skills which could helped me start as a freelancer. Because If you are thinking about starting a service business, as most of the other service based Startups, you may need to hustle your way up by getting gigs as a freelancer. Now It does not have to be that way, but if you started as a freelancer or local business consultant like me, it would give you the skills like, how to find new clients, how to pitch new prospects for new business opportunities etc.
I first started my business as a side hustle while I was full time employed at one of the largest automobile manufactures in the United Kingdom. Why am I telling this story for you? Because if you are planning to start a business in this competitive market, then you need to be ready and plan well without jump to the ocean without knowing how to swim. There are people who jump straight and make it happen by going at full phase and taking massive risks. But if you want a smooth swim and be profitable, then it’s best to plan well in advance and acquire the skills you need to succeed as a Startup business.
Skills You to need Start Business
People Skills – Networking with people and making connections everyday. This one skill will help you get more clients and business opportunities than seating in front of the PC and sending emails to prospects. So make sure to got local business and events and not leave until you get at least business cards. Then when you get back home email them on the next day. As Rameet Chawla says during his talks at Mashable, one day when they are looking for the service you offer they will definitely remember to call you.
Watch the video below and you will get one of the best Startup Advice you would get on New York Startup scene.
This Founder Hustled His Way to the Top of the Mobile World
Identifying your Service you want to provide and learn everything possibly you can around that niche. When I decided I’m going to start a Web services company I first started to learn how to create websites and then SEO skills which up to date help me rank my service base websites and my clients websites bring in more revenue. For example ranking for “SEO outsourcing” on first page Google for .com and .co.uk has give me tremendous confidence when I pitch new clients and get new prospects every week to my business. So Think what services you will offer and start learning those skills on the shortest possible time. It wouldn’t take more than 3 to 6 months for you to learn those skills.
Negotiating Skills – Read “INFLUENCE” The phycology of persuasion, the book will give you a comprehensive knowledge which you need to apply when you are face to face or on phone with your prospects.
Another Book I would advice you read, $100 Startup. It’s a great books which show you examples of people who started their businesses from very little money on hand. It’s time you have technology to help you do wonders on the internet.
How to Start a Business in London
Identify a niche you would enjoy working on hours and see if it has a greater demand. It does not have to be a niche where other businesses does not operate but you need to figure out how you can offer it uniquely.
Register Domain Name and then Register your business. If your domain name is no available do not register that name. Always try to be unique and have story for you Startup. for example when I was starting ClickDo Ltd. I related it with We get your more Profitable clicks from the social web. So when I’m with client pitching then I bring it up and you cam see it below:
Create a great Website: Stand out. You can See our website at www.clickdo.co.uk
If you are looking to start as Online Business consultant od SEO consultant, just send me email and I give you some great tips.
This is the first part of this start tips and skills articles and you can see the next article on How to Start a Business in London in the coming days.
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