Starting from Scratch?

Starting a small business is anything but easy. I am also a stay at home dad through out the week. So, Yes, this gets complicated. Time is my most valuable asset and many times it is a choice. I use to look forward to nap time. Now nap time is work time. From everything I have read to the people I have talked with there are 3 things that stick out.

 1. You have got to be organized. You have to schedule out your time or you won't get anything done. This has been my biggest advantage. It keeps me focused. My secret weapon, Ordering Your Private World by Gordan Macdonald.

2. Have a plan. If you don't have a plan you will be endlessly all over the place. You may steer away from the plan or re-write the plan. This is OK, but if you don't have one your small business ship will always be lost at sea. Not so secret weapon, E-Myth by Michael Gerber. He is the for most authority on small biz start-up. If you don't read this book you are thousands of steps behind. FYI, most other small business books are based on this one.

3. The old ways of marketing are out! It is all about social media and building your tribe. Seth Godin talks about this in his book Tribes. You have to find your voice and build this tribe. If you have a great product, you can do it. The question is always, how do I do it? Not so secret weapon, Platforms by Michael Hyatt. Hyatt gives an almost step by step process to build your voice and your tribe threw social media strategy.

Are these the only three things you need? NO. But they are a great foundation to start from. I am using them and I am seeing why they work. I want to use every tool I can put in my tool box. If I don't I know exceeding the expectations that I have for Righteous 'Que might not happen. 

What tools have you found helpful with your small business? Leave you comments and enter to win a Righteous 'Que T-shirt.
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