Do you relate to Start-Up Stacey?
I am in the start-up phase of my business venture. It's so early, but I'm overwhelmed with questions about everything I have to do! I'm endlessly chasing after information about how to set up and run my business. I have an endless list of things to do, but sometimes I procrastinate because I'm overwhelmed with deciding what to do first. I don't know how or where to start! I need help clarifying what I should be doing and a clear business strategy to follow. I need to make good decisions now so I see results from my work time. I need processes to follow so I can get out of my own way, get in action, make money now, and feel less harried and confused!
Do you answer yes to the following questions?
- feel stuck or overwhelmed trying to launch your business, program or idea?
- want to get more clients, more business and make more money with less effort?
- waste time searching for tips, tricks and resources that will be 'easy answers' to your lack of action?
- have an endless list of questions about social media, marketing, websites, newsletters, pricing, programs & speaking?
- just wish someone could show you the way?
If too many are true... it means you're stuck at Startup!
You need mentoring and support and we can help - keep reading.
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Who You Are
You’re an entrepreneur in the early stages of startup for business: you’re smart, intensely excited about the new business, and can not wait to serve more clients! During this phase, your task list is filled with all the things necessary to legalize and launch a business which can be daunting. In addition to clarifying your products and/or services, you must decide upon the legal form for your business, obtain licenses and permits, set up accounting and banking, find an office, arrange insurance and financing, learn how to market and advertise - Oh... AND it's a good idea to create all your products and/or sell your services. Welcome to the business start-up phase!
Your Challenges Tend to Be
When in startup for your own business, you bounce through days checking tasks off your list, but you're not quite sure about whether you're doing the right things. You are intensely motivated to make money, yet faced with all the challenges of creating something out of nothing. You're saddled with everything: setting up shop, getting clients, taking payments, accounting and marketing to get the word out. But, since you're starting, it's hard to determine a 'real' budget. You may have little market research or data - so you do a lot of wishing and hoping things will work out. Right now, you're looking for quick fixes, short cuts, and the lowest cost solutions. As a result, you spend significant time on things you have no real knowledge about. You're are confused and likely making big decisions with a short-sided 'cost-only' perspective...
All of these challenges cause you to beg, borrow and “steal” by cashing in favors from others. Maybe you've even hired your college neighbor to build your website to save some cash (after all, most young people know about the internet...). You're relying on advice from friends and family members who likely have never launched a business, so many of your decisions are based on hits of caffeine, sugar and mixed with a high dose of gut intuition. You may be confused, overwhelmed and stressed - which all lead to poor decisions. You're running in every direction and if you're honest with yourself, you have very little idea of what to do first, next or where to turn for real guidance. In your heart, you want to succeed, and you know you're not going to quit, but you do go to bed at night wondering if it's all worth it... hoping for the universe to shed light on the one key thing that will help you realize your million dollar idea.
What You Need Most Right Now
During business startup, he primary focus needs to be on following a proven plan that leads to business quickly! You need to quickly set up shop and focus on the most important things that lead you to your quickest sales. You need to create sales opportunities and take consistent, specific actions focused solely on generating income from your business. You need to develop strategic pricing, serve clients excellently and get referrals to fill your pipeline. Your sole focus should be on opportunities that will turn prospects into paying clients. It’s important to flesh out your plan, set specific goals, hold yourself accountable, stay on track, and consistently take right actions to make enough money to get past the start-up phase. Coaching will help you prioritize what is most important, focus ONLY on things you need to do to generate cash right now, and spend time and money on the on the most essential actions that will result in more clients and more profit.
If it’s time for coaching and support our Startup Success System™ is your solution!
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Introducing Stacey's Solution:
The Startup Success System™ for early-stage entrepreneurs
If you're in the startup phase of your business, there are many things that you need to focus on to establish your voice in a sea of noise. To do that, we'll follow these steps to Startup Success!
1. Identify Ideal Day & Schedule
This is the first step of the startup coaching process. In this step, you work from the inside, out. You'll figure out just how much time you have by tracking daily activities and evaluating whether your actions are setting you up for success. Guided coaching exercises will guide you to create a vision of your dream business. This will happen by getting clear on what your IDEAL days, weeks and months look like. With this clarity you seamlessly get in control of your schedule and get started on creating the life-style business of your dreams. Of course, your ideal business wouldn't be complete without clearly defined boundaries to protect your private time. After you've accomplished this, you'll move onto Step 2.
2. Self-Assess & Align
Once you have an idea of how you want to be spending your time, step 2 of the coaching process will guide you through a self-assessment of your current strengths and gaps. During this assessment, you'll discover your natural style preferences are for time and space, as well as understand your strengths and interests. You'll begin plugging your 'holes' in time and getting yourself organized to become more productive with the time you have. Then, you'll create more alignment and institute time strategies and solutions that help you reduce overwhelm, stay productive, feel more in control, and sure up a values-based lifestyle.
3. Nail Your Niche: Identify Ideal Clients
With your time and space in alignment with your vision, you're ready to get clarity around your ideal client. Did you know that one of the biggest points of failure for start up for mompreneurs is trying to serve everyone equally. Coaching will help you quantify your time and understand you're working with limited resources (budget, time, skills, and sanity...). Identifying your niche helps you hone in on the characteristics of the people you really want to work with. Then, we match your unique skills to the work you want to do. Here' you'll figure out your 'Solopreneur Sweet Spot' where you can meet your ideal client's needs and deliver your products and services within the time you want to devote to work. This step helps you create crystal clear goals and helps you streamline your business activities to make the most of your time.
4. Clarify Message, Packaging and Pricing
Coaching will help you identify and pinpoint your core marketing message. This core will be in your area of mastery and is comprised of the things you talk about and work with all the time. This is the step that begins crystallize your brand voice. When you have clarity in your core message, you can set yourself up as an expert, claim your key words and take yourself out there in a bigger way. By defining your core content you begin to create an information pipeline. Social media is an incredibly powerful tool as long as you have clarity with your approach so you can cut through the noise and really establish your expertise with your content. When you engage a social media strategy you gain several things. Not only do you begin to establish expertise but you socialize your core content and ideas, draw your ideal clients who most need you (almost instantly), and do this all relatively inexpensively. You will also analyze and define your fees and rates so you can right-price for your ideal clients. Once you create profitable rates, you'll create packages that retain and reward your most ideal clients.
5. Streamline & Document
In this nuts-and-bolts phase of business building you brainstorm all the business tasks and procedures and document your process work flows. When you begin to document, not only will you be able to fix the breakdowns and ease up the log jams, you'll be much more likely to take the next step to delegate more effectively to others.
6. Align Support & Delegate
After you've documented your business workflows, we help you clearly articulate what should be delegated to others and what should remain with you. We'll then help you find superior support for your most important tasks at which you are not an expert. We'll also look at ways to automate any task that is often repeated. This will help you save so much time, and feel the ease of what happens when you're able to put tasks in others hands!
Success is built on routines and systems because they free up your time. Systems are the key to solopreneur sanity. Without them, we struggle. You'll create ongoing accountability that will help you stay focused and continue to implement the best solutions.
Ready to get help with your startup business? Schedule your complimentary Discovery Session right now!