Growing a Business
I've thought about writing business posts before, but I've hesitated for fear of sounding like I know something other don't. However, lately a lot more people have been asking me about I how got started. Mostly from people who are feeling underappreciated or underpaid at their curent job, and some just want a more flexible schedule because of family. If that sounds like you, here are my two main pieces of advice.
There are a lot of tips and tricks out there about how to build a business, but the number one piece of advice I give is "start small". When I was in my twenties, I moonlighted for years as a way to learn about tools and technologies that I wasn't being exposed to at my day job. Unwittingly, in those early years I was slowly building a client base for 3BC. To quote Jason Fried of 37 Signals, "We're not talking about all-nighters or sixteen-hour days - we're talking about squeezing out a few extra hours a week. That's enough time to get something going".
Deliver. On Time.
Even if it means under-promising and over-delivering, getting the job done on time NO MATTER WHAT. Your next lead, your next project and your success is counting on it.