What is your vision for your business?
The very first thing you should do before getting into the many details and decisions required to make your vision a reality is to figure out what your vision for your business is! Consider your past work experiences and make a list of what you loved, what left you feeling energized and excited to come to work, and what situations allowed you to do your best work. This will include the kinds of people you enjoy working with, the amount of time you want to spend working every week, if you’re good at keeping track of details, if you are great at self-direction or if you need a buddy or mentor to help keep you on track. If you imagine going to work and really enjoying what you do, what does that look like?
It is important to know yourself if you want to succeed.
Create a Love IT/Hate It Chart to record your past work experiences. Find a big sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side write Love It and on the other side write Hate It. Considering your past work experiences, On the Love It side write in all the things you enjoy doing, are good at, and make you feel energized and excited and on the Hate It side write all the things you didn’t enjoy, aren’t good at, or that drain your energy and motivation. No one gets to Only do the things they love, especially in a small business, but I am a firm believer that knowing yourself is the first step to success and working with who you are instead of trying to turn yourself into something you’re not is the second step.
By understanding where your skills and interests are you can create a business that works for you. You may discover areas that you will need to delegate or hire out, for example, many people work with an accountant to set up and keep their financial books.
Create a vision notebook or vision board and write about your ideal business, and paste images or drawings that help you refine your ideas. These resources will help you make good decisions about your business and be a source of inspiration when creating your mission statement.