Many entrepreneurs start their businesses by bootstrapping and/or taking out loans, and while I’m not here to lecture you on that right now, I am here to help you organize your small business bank accounts so you know you can be profitable from Day 1.
Part of my job as a business coach is to help budding entrepreneurs and experienced business owners come up with new ideas to expand their brands. I’ve noticed over the years there are a few fears around business ideas: a fear that they aren’t good enough, a fear that someone will steal them, or a fear that they will fail. Nobody should live in fear, especially of ideas, so here’s my how-to guide on coming up with new ideas if you’re stuck, and how to test ideas to help you gain the confidence to go for it.
We built Flauk because we believe everyone should be able to start a business, do what they love, and live the life they want – no matter their financial situation. And while we offer all the services you need to get launched or to grow your business, we also know that many of you may want to do some of this on your own. So here’s our quick “Guide To DIY your Business”.
As an entrepreneur, you know that marketing is important. You also know that marketing costs can add up fast, especially once you start factoring in paid advertising and software.
For entrepreneurs who are just getting started, or who are budget-conscious, here are some powerful, free marketing tools you can add to your marketing mix.
My thoughts can be vicious little f*ckers.
I mean, supposedly I’m the writer here. But if I could farm out the scenarios my thoughts come up with and sell them to Warner Bros, I’d be sitting in a bathtub full of ethically-mined diamonds.
“You’re going to fail at that!”
“Do you have any idea how ridiculous you’ll look?”
“Why are you even bothering?”
Almost every scenario is worst-case. And the thing about thoughts, if we believe them, is that we react to them. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
Which Content Management System (CMS) is right for my business?
Should I use WordPress or Squarespace or Shopify?
These are the most common inquiries we get here at Flauk from people starting their businesses. If you’re planning on selling things directly from your website, I’ve got you covered in my last post: Squarespace vs Shopify: A Simplified Comparison for Small Businesses.
But if you’re not planning on selling things, your best options shift to a choice between WordPress or Squarespace. Below I’ll cover the highest level points you should consider when making your decision:
As children, some of us have pretty interesting ideas about what we’ll do or who we’ll be when we grow up. Many of us are shaped by adults around us or through books, television and stories. As a kid, I wanted to be a children’s author just like my favorite at the time, Robert Munsch. Now as an adult, I tell stories through marketing. Here, I’ve rounded up some interesting backstories from other entrepreneurs to share what they wanted to be and how that may have translated to what they’re doing now.
Starting a business (or even thinking of starting a business) can be overwhelming. And then you go to the business section of Barnes & Noble and you don’t know where to start…well, have no fear. These are the 5 books you should read now before you make any serious moves toward starting a business.
Starting a business from scratch? It can be expensive, not to mention overwhelming. Where do I start? How do I make a website? How do I get clients? Where the hell is the coffee?!
On top of it all, most people have a hard time delegating, or even wanting to delegate. We’ve been conditioned to believe that hard work and struggle are the only roads to success. We so often wear our hardships and overwork as badges of honor, and thus are reluctant to pass off any of the work to someone who might be better equipped and more knowledgeable to do a kickass job.
Hi! My name is Natalie, and I hate networking.
True story: I went to an event at a co-working space a few months ago. There was a bit of networking at the beginning, during which I was, conveniently, “catching up on work”. Then the speakers did their speaking, which was great. Then the organizers said,
“Okay, now we’ll do half an hour more of networking before the second half of the event!”
I hadn’t been having a great day to begin with. And at this point, the words “life is short” and “hot bath” filtered through my brain. And before I knew it, I had packed my bag, grabbed my coat and raced – like, speed-walking fast – out the door.