5 Tips to Get Your Startup off the Ground

The decision to begin a startup is probably one of the most important times in an entrepreneur’s life. The truth is that starting a new business is tough. It involves seeming endless amounts of hard work, raising money, and yes, frequently, failure. But in the end what often seems on the outside to be overnight success is just a matter of getting back up one final time. These are five tips to help guide you after you have burned the boats.

1. Talk about your business with everyone. The old saying that “success builds on success” is true. Talking about your startup gets people excited about what you are doing, which in turn gets others excited. And on the way to all this you can gather buyers, mentors, investors, suppliers, and practically everyone else you need to be successful, if not just a fighting chance at success. It is also important to remember that doing this will help to build your pitching and communications skills. When talking to clients make sure to provide a nice environment like that Executive Suites Houston in order to leave a good impression.

Don't be shy about telling everyone about your business.  You have to be its number one fan!

Don’t be shy about telling everyone about your business. You have to be its number one fan!

2. Read these books:
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Do More Faster by David Cohen & Brad Feld
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

3. Build your team. Building a winning business is too important to risk failure by yourself. Further, the more good people you have surrounding yourself in your venture, the greater your chances of success. It can’t be said often enough, but in a startup you can’t have too many things going in your favor, and if you can control one thing, it’s the fact that you can find good people and get them to work with you. They might not even be paid employees, but they need to be talented people in their own regards. Surrounding yourself with good people gives you the added benefit of telling you when you’re wrong, especially if they are worth their salt. And being told you’re wrong and to do something differently than what you have planned could be the greatest criticism you could ever get.

You need to have good people you can trust around you.

You need to have good people you can trust around you.

4. Launch early, launch often. There’s an old saying in the Silicon Valley that says, “If you’re not ashamed of your product, you shipped too late.” It might sound funny, but it’s true. Many entrepreneurs end up going broke waiting for their product to be perfect. Unfortunately, it almost never happens. Doing this only qualifies you as a resident of “Someday I’ll.” As soon as you have a viable product, launch it. Problems with your product, if any, can be corrected later. If you go ahead and launch you can start making money.

This is true - and despite the fact that people say it often and loudly, so many succumb to paralysis via analysis.

This is true – and despite the fact that people say it often and loudly, so many succumb to paralysis via analysis.

5. Keep it fun. Simply put, when a job is fun you want to do it more, and when you do it more, you’re going to be better at it. Of course, being the reason that something good happens is exciting but with the added benefit of something you created taking shape into something that makes you money, that’s a feeling that nothing can replace. Here’s to your success!

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