So you're taking that leap of faith and starting a business. That's awesome! Josh Bryant has a few pointers for people going into business for the first time. In summary, avoid the entrepreneurial plagues like... the plague!
Plague 1: The Rope Swing Budget
A lot of small businesses will fail. A lot of those small businesses didn't fully grasp the concept or necessity of the shoestring budget. A lot of people start a business and operate it more like a rope swing. They build the business they want in 10-years and spend massive amounts of cash swinging into the entrepreneurial lake. The problem is, they aren't quite heavy enough to generate the momentum they need. The rope swings a little bit, but the never get the speed to make it far enough to get over the water and end up falling flat on their face on the shore.
That metaphor can't be taken any further, but the point is that you must operate on a tight budget until you have cash in-flows to substantiate a bigger budget. Don't go and rent the biggest and best office you can find. Start small. Start in an incubator or accelerator like the one lead by Josh Bryant at The Bryant Law Firms in Northwest Arkansas.
Plague 2: The Pocket Knife in the Amazon
You wouldn't want to trek through the Amazon with just a pocket knife. You need a machete. Better yet, you need some nice paved roads. Your business is no different. You're embarking on a journey through what the government has made a heavily thicketed forest. You're going to have to cut through all sorts of regulations, taxes, snares laid by litigious customers, and more. Wouldn't it be nicer if you could drive through that forest on a nice paved road?
Josh Bryant does just that - he paves the road so you can get where you need to be. As a member of NWA FaithWorks, you'll get all the legal and tax work done for you. You'll have phones and high speed internet. You'll have a workspace and advisors. You'll have access to mentors and capital. The infrastructure is already there. All you have to do is run your business.
Plague 3: The Blank Map
A lot of people go into the entrepreneurial jungle with nothing but a piece of the map. They've done their business plan with their pro formas and SWOT analyses and think that's the only map they need. It just isn't correct. Business owners have to get their business out of their heads and on paper - not just the goals and dreams of revenue, income, and profit, but the step by step process by which they are going to market, secure, and serve their clients and customers. That is a much more detailed map than a canned business plan.
Josh Bryant has become a bit of an expert on process management as a means of making a business secure, effective, and efficient. He helps all types of organizations use process to make their organizations more legally secure. You're far less likely to get sued if you can do your business the same way every time. It will also make you more effective. You'll see what works and doesn't work, and make corrections along the way. It will also make you more efficient. You'll see that some things in the process are taking more time, energy, or money than they should and work those inefficiencies out of the system. When you join NWA FaithWorks, you get access to process management systems that make you more secure, effective, and efficient.
Josh Bryant is an attorney, entrepreneur, pastor, and visionary with a heart to see churches, businesses, and families more secure, more effective, and more efficient in fulfilling their mission and bringing glory to God.