Category: Start Up Businesses

I am now officially back writing on!

I have been busy with working with being a part of a start-up company. I can see you nod your head there, yep! You totally understand why I had to abandon this blog. 

So here goes: I have been a part of the (start up) company I am working for since October. When I came to work with my boss, he wasn’t sure if it was going to be a small or big opportunity. It turned out (very quickly) that it was going to be something big. Lots of bits and pieces came together and fell apart but it started working out around Nov/Dec, and it’s been full blast since.

Patience is a HUGE key part in someone revving up their own business from ground up. And, if you know me, I am not the patient one.

It took forever to find a building. Then, once we did, it took forever to set everything up (offices, rooms, construction on the building, trying to figure out the plans, phone system/Internet, shop and so on.)

While writing this, I have to take a step back to look at where we had been at “point a” and what obstacles we have climbed through just to get to this “point “b”.

Not really in any particular order. My thoughts:

1. First thing is first, if you have all opportunities knocking at your door (and on your side) to start up a business from scratch – IT IS SO WORTH DOING!!!!!!!!!!!!! You do NOT have to go in and clean up after someone, you can do it right the first time (if you do things right, that is) and if something doesn’t get done… guess who there is to blame? That’s when you will figure out what kind of worker you truly are.

2. You get to do things YOUR way. Yes, if you go in and partner with someone or several someones then you have to negotiate whatever it is – but still – you get to do things your way and if you don’t have a way you get to make up things as you go. I remember all of the company policies or having to do something “someone else’s way” and most times, they didn’t allow or acknowledge new creative point of views. It was frustrating as I have too much creativity and business-sense to follow someone else’s bad direction.

3. While looking for a retail/office space, you really need to know what all you are looking for in an office. Such as, we knew about how many offices we wanted, that we needed a huge garage area, showers, place for a retail store in the front and so on. My boss looked at several places before we were able to put bets on this one as “the one”. If you aren’t a tiny ounce sure it’s what you want, it’s not. Playing the waiting game isn’t fun for those involved (especially ME, who wanted to move into an office about 3 months ago). When you find the perfect place, you will know it.

4. When you think that you have the perfect employees, you might — but you might not. Be careful how you get the employees and that you do not destroy bridges that you might need later. Also, the perfect ‘pull in’ employee might not work out instantly but you might find the perfect one thereafter.

5. Have a plan. Then another, then be prepared to scratch that and make another plan. No plan you make will go accordingly to… as planned. You will have to rethink your strategy several times due to bubbles in your timeline of when things are supposed to be completed.

There are several pointers I’ve thought to myself about helping build a business and there’s too many to just include in an ‘welcome back’ – don’t want to overwhelm anyone!

We’re still at the beginning and it’s been a very cool and interesting ride so far. When we finally get our business open, I’ll update more along the way.

Now, I can officially say I helped close down a business (Goodys in 2008) and helped open a business this year.

Very cool!

Business Start-Ups & Talk For Success

Reading this article about Bill Clinton talking about business start ups and maximizing sales by helping the already made companies, setting them up with successors so that the companies will be even more successful. That alone makes me think about my opinion about the now economy — and I want to throw my thoughts out there to you.

Here’s the thing: the economy still sucks pretty bad. There are even more people out of jobs, more than yesterday and probably double that tomorrow. Retail sales come and go in spurts, companies cut back in spurts: things seem to get better with sales but companies know how it can get, even if it’s better, and they’re too stingy to hire anymore people even when things seem… okay. There’s really no promise if things will get better or worse.

So, what are these people supposed to do without jobs to support their families? There’s only so much help one can get before being fed by the government and it stay that way…because things aren’t getting better.

Instead of just sitting around, how about coming up with your own company? If you are a truly smart person, have dead-on experience on whatever you have worked at — or if you have been doing something hobby-ish for a while, why not try it for a check?

I feel like this is the time for start up companies to start happening.

This is the time for the unemployed to come together and start a new revolution: entrepreneur leadership fighting the economy and winning.

It needs to happen. Something needs to happen.

Large corporate companies are the higher evil — we all support them, because if it’s retail (like Wal-Mart), they’re cheap and people will continue shopping there. Corporate companies are selfish and self involved – and unfortunately, we need them to keep going and running this world/economy/etc.

So, while the large companies shut their doors and close their gates to hiring people, they are also taking over and smaller businesses are falling downward…and they end up closing their doors by going bankrupt.

This is the new revolution. The start up revolution. If you can’t get hired by a company, you can’t be helped with government assistance (or that time has run out) — what are you left to do? Only one thing, start up something of your own.

My point is: this is the time for inventors to invent, small business owners to take ownership of their companies and make something big out of themselves and individuals come up with business plans that are going to rock this world…..because one of these days, this is how money will be generated and the world will have to look upon businesses made and run by entrepreneurs.