“Get Some Business About Ya Self”, is the new ghetto phrase of facebook lol!Before everybody was venting suggestions & philosophies about haters & drama lol. Now people with no business are experts on how others can get some lol ?!Well being a busy body on facebook all day sure doesn’t show me that you have anything going on yourself.
There are so many resources that are available today that our parents & grandparents did not have. Now a days anybody can start a business. So don’t think its above your head. I am not perfect. I am still learning. So here are simple tips that I suggest.
Warning! This is REAL advice from a degree-less business woman lol !
GRANTS & LOANS
Grants are far few & in between. Don’t depend on the possibility of getting a grant for your business. Non profits are the only businesses that I know of that actually get them. You can do your own research. But from my personal experience, I tried & it was a lot of paperwork & no real guarantees. Loans are a lil easier to get. Depending on where you go to get one & If you have decent credit. If you get denied don’t despair. Cleaning up your credit is not that bad. It will take you some time & of course MONEY. But it can be done. I would call www.consumercredit.com/ . They will give you the financial guidance that you need! Also, remember you have to pay back that loan lol !
No matter what business you are trying to start,you need customers! Don’t wait until you finish school or actually start your business to build your clientele. As a hair stylist, I started scouting people when I was in school ! I went to the local copier place & made my own flyers & business cards. I put them on people’s cars & even purchased a newspaper ad. I bought all of my hair supplies & equipment from the beauty supply store. I wasn’t playin lol ! I did hair in my apartment for 2 years until I got my apprentice license in the mail. When you first start a business its ROUGH! You go into debt & have to sacrifice. So start getting the word out to people EARLY!
Oh, and please let me express to you how crazy folk will look at you lol !! When you are just scraping by & not at the level you want to be. You will get mocked & criticized but remember rome was not built in a day! And you don’t have to please everybody to be a success,but that should be your aim. If you miss the mark with a few folks just be polite & professional. Keep it moving. There are plenty of people who will come along to be a blessing to your business.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Cling to people who are where you hope to be & study them. Also as I said earlier, utilize your resources. The internet taught me everything about how to market my business. I do not have a business degree. I did not have the money to get my website designed. So I googled it & did it myself. I also follow other business people on twitter & befriend them on facebook. Use the internet to gain knowledge about your craft & connect with other professionals. Resist the temptation to spend time being nosey on facebook. Prying into old classmates lives (or the life they want you to believe they have lol).
Now that’s gettin some business about ya self !
Eventually I do plan to go back to school for business.