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How to have a restart and become an entrepreneur?

Sometimes it happens that we need a fresh start. When we are disappointed – whether it is because of a personal relationship or our work – it can throw us down and leave us in a state of unhappiness and despair. The best way to get back on your feet is to change something in this situation. This can relate in a new flat, another lover or a job. It can also be a great idea to start your own business. Sure, this is a big step and not an easy decision. Here are a few tips that can help you to gain more attention and have a successful start. Just believe in yourself and do it!

Start from the beginning

To start a business, you need to define what you want to do. This can and should be based on your experience and your interests, of course. The more interested in something you are, the better. Nowadays you can do almost everything and even figure out new jobs or company ideas. The foundation of a business has never been easier.

The next step is the company’s registration. UK offers eight different types of a company. Which one you chose depends on different factors.

  • Public limited company (PLC)
  • Private company limited by shares (LTD)
  • Company limited by guarantee
  • Unlimited company (UNLTD)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Community Interest Company
  • Industrial and Provident Society (IPS)
  • Royal Charter (RC)

Choose wisely and make sure to pick the correct legal form.

Get better known

The next step is clear: To earn money and have a successful business, you need to be present. Tell people what you do and what you are capable of. You need to host a website with relevant information on your company, maybe the team and founder and if you want some pictures. Use social media as a boost. This is always a good idea for companies.

Another important aspect is print media. This includes flyers, catalogues, and depending on your business, branded packaging and paper bags. Another important tool, which is never outdated, are business cards. These little cards can have a huge impact. Make sure to have some prepared.

To create a great corporate design, you must have a great logo. Keep some options by choosing a few different ones, which you can show others, so that they rate them. Others’ opinions can be very helpful. From critical people especially. If you only ask your best friend, you may not always receive an honest advice. Make sure you find a design that will please people and help them understand what you do.

Continue to learn

No matter what field you are into, you need to keep gaining knowledge. It is the only way you will remain in touch with the reality of the sector you are working in.

There are many different ways here:

  • Take courses and visit workshops
  • Read articles or specialised literature on your branch and also on entrepreneurship
  • Visit conferences, as speaker or listener likewise

Stay up do date, be brave and try something new!

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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