Every trade requires tools, even more so, the right tools. A roofer needs a nail gun or hammer - else he or she won't be able to nail the shingles to the roof. Not only is it ill advised to remove one's boot, but a boot won't serve as a hammer to construct an entire roof (even though you might use a boot to put a nail in the wall on which to hang a small picture). A roofer with shingles and nails cannot build a roof without tools. Likewise, building a new business takes more than just a building. Embarking on a new business opportunity requires equipment, software, training and support.
As an entrepreneur, you probably already expect that you will have to finance all equipment and software necessary to build your business. However, the process of acquiring financing can be like swimming through shark-infested waters, if you don't have the right guidance. Guidance to find not only the financing you require, but also to help you select the appropriate equipment and software is not out of your grasp when venturing out on a new business opportunity. Should you get laptop computers or desktop computers? Which company should you buy from? Some companies make computers designed to fill specific needs, for example, Apple makes computers that are unmatched in the field of graphic design and IBM is at the top of the food chain when it comes to building servers. What sort of phones should you purchase? What about purchasing furniture? Should you leas it or purchase it? How should it be arranged in your office to maximize efficiency? By receiving guidance in the start of your new business, you don't have to answer these questions by yourself. Remember that starting a new business involves hundreds of decisions that can easily overwhelm even the steadiest entrepreneur.
In addition to guidance in financing and purchasing equipment and software, you should look for training and support. There will always be surprises on the way, but with the proper training, you can ensure that your surprises will be pleasant ones (surprise, you made more money than you thought you would!). You can receive training that will not only prepare you for the challenges you face, but also show you how to anticipate those challenges, thus allowing you to learn to run your new business more efficiently and with more stability. Following your training, you're entitled to continued support. After all, every eventuality and every step cannot be covered at once. If you learned every single aspect about running your new business in one go, chances are you'd forget some of it, or feel overwhelmed, or both. By continuing to receive support, you can revisit topics about which you may like to learn more, or you can learn about new topics as they become relevant to the successful conduct of your every day and long term business.
A building built on unsteady support systems will crumble and fall. Businesses are no different. Without guidance, training and support, it can be easy to accidentally miss that one stone, that keystone that will keep the entire building intact and grant it strength over time.
Taking on a new business opportunity is exciting; you're taking control of your life, and working to benefit the lives of others. However, even if you're the sole owner of your new business, you're not alone. Help, advice, training, however you want to phrase it, is available to you to get your business built on a sturdy foundation.
Andy West is a writer for ShipOnSite, a true turnkey business opportunity that features three revenue streams.