SCORE

You Want to Start a Business?

Starting a business isn’t for the faint of heart. Being your own boss offers rewards—and plenty of challenges as well. Transitioning from working for someone else to running your own company brings changes that not only you need to navigate, but that your family and friends also need to adjust to.

As you prepare to start your business, keep these things in mind so you—and your loved ones—can more easily transition into the brave new world of entrepreneurship.

Income might be unpredictable at first.

Without a steady paycheck coming from an employer, you might find it challenging to keep up with expenses both professionally and personally. When you’re starting out, revenue from your business will take time to ramp up. It takes time to build a network of connections and clients.  This is even more of a challenge in the Coachella Valley with the summer slow season.

You may need to forego some luxuries.

Prepare to make some personal sacrifices when self-employed. A daily caramel latte and Friday dinners out at your favorite five-star restaurant probably won’t be in the budget for a while.

Working from home requires discipline.

If you decide to run your business from an office in your home, you’ll face a whole new set of distractions that can threaten your productivity. Tuning out the personal to-do list and spontaneous requests from friends to meet up for coffee during the workday demand concentration—and the strength to say “no.”

Expect to work really hard.

Starting a small business requires a significant amount of time and effort. Many new entrepreneurs find themselves working harder and for longer hours than when they worked for an employer. Finding ways to maintain a comfortable work/life balance might be challenging in the beginning, but it’s necessary for the well-being of you, your family, and your business.

Realize that your new business will need a variety of help and advice. You will need to form relationships with professionals you may not have needed to collaborate with before. To better your chances of success, consider creating a business development board comprised of legal, accounting, banking, and industry experts who will agree to provide pro bono guidance as you begin. Having a team to guide you can help you prepare yourself—and your family—for what to expect from running your own business.

Visit coachellavalley.score.org to look at the profiles of the mentors and find one with experience that you are looking for or you or call (760) 773-6507 to be matched with the right mentor. SCORE mentoring services are free and confidential. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their mission is to help small businesses in the Coachella Valley become successful. E-mail info@scorecv.org to get started.

So You Want to Start a Business…