I’ve made both good and bad decisions along the way, which have been time-consuming, nerve-wracking, confidence-building and a huge learning experience roller coaster.
So, I began…
I sat at my desk, pen in hand, above a big blank sheet of paper ready to brainstorm. After some time, the page was still blank with only the words 'BUSINESS IDEAS' in a cloud squiggle and not a letter more. A few hours later, after much deviation checking social media and drinking gallons of tea, I had only written the typical 'write a book', 'sell stuff', 'get a new job'.
Then something ignited in my brain. Cleaning. I can do that and I can do it well.
I got overwhelmed trying to research everything from domestic to commercial, carpet cleaning, joining awarding bodies, finding about employing staff, and spending money and time I didn’t have. This was getting exhausting.
I spent weeks researching every little thought, scribbling away on pieces of paper haphazardly littered in the office everywhere. I didn’t really get anywhere, just irrelevant titbits of information, not really understanding much about any of it. When really, if I’d kept things simple, I could have got some insurance, and started to advertise, and potentially earn, during those weeks.
Now, after just over 18 months, I’m comfortable with where the business is, and we are now looking to expand into other areas, so the whole process will start again. The task will be much easier this time following these ways of working.
The 12 things I should have done:
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