After working with your local FranNet consultant, you found the perfect business for your personal goals at last. Yet, while you have come a long way, there are still many obstacles to overcome ahead. It’s time to prepare for getting over the biggest hurdle of your new chapter: the first year.
Hot Off The Press: Because you are brand new, you think the more press the better, but this might not be the best tactic. Your business is in the stage of working out the bumps and nailing your services or product. Press can be very beneficial, but try not to go overboard.
Networking Haze: You owe a lot to networking and the connections you’ve made up to this point. However, you could find yourself in a network haze, where each night is filled with another event or party. Don’t get too caught up in the extra-curricular activities—you have to do your homework and a lot of that happens mainly at your desk.
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The Office Atmosphere: Right away, get started on your company culture and always drive home your mission and vision for the company. To attain the business goals you’ve been dreaming of the past few months, you have to organize your leaders and employees. Those first hires are critical to your survival, so encourage the expression of ideas and stay true to your company’s purpose.
Mistakes Aren’t The End All: In case you’ve forgotten, the only way we learn is by doing and getting back up when life pushes you down. You could read every article about the first year, but you’ll never be able to predict 100% all the possibilities ahead. This is where your support system and the constant stream of online advice will come in handy. Bounce back from mishaps and make your company stronger; mistakes are opportunities to build a better business.
As the boss of your business, your employees will look to you for security and dependable cash flow. Since you have refreshed yourself on common mistakes and planned ahead, you have set you and your business up for success. Find your groove and keep pushing forward!