Just before I started my own business, over 15 years ago, the boss I was leaving gave me this advice and I still use this concept as somewhat of a “litmus test” when making business decisions. It has served me well “the way you start will be the way you finish”.
Never lose sight of the fact that when you start your business it is okay to set boundaries, as this is YOUR business and YOU have the right to choose what services you offer, what clients you want to work with and what hours you want to work. This may take a little longer to build up your client base but when you do you will be working with ideal clients who appreciate and value your services.
Here are some tips to get you started and to ensure that your business is fun, rewarding, and profitable:
My parting advice, planning is paramount, have fun in your business and don’t forget that you need a work/life balance.
This post first appeared on HBRmag.com