Having a startup is a full time job. From the moment you have that little bug in you to do something of your own, to have your own business that one day expands to a multi-million dollar company (yes! we all have dreamsJ) to the moment where you lay out mind boggling financial plans to times when you wish you just chose a simple 9 to 5 job its all part of that roller coaster ride of a startup.
For job-owners who think startups mean party all day long and magically something cool appears out of nowhere, well truth is that’s not even close to the real the story behind it. Trying to meet the customer’s demands, bringing in something different, more creative is very challenging. It is nothing but constant vigilance and untiring efforts 24/7 that lead to a successful startup.
Even then it may all collapse in jiffy leaving a lot more to worry about than just the boss’s mood for the day. Yes, startups are pretty risky but can be rewarding and fulfilling at the same time. With the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to rev up your plans and preparations for your start-up. Doesn’t matter if it didn’t work out as you expected in 2013, get ready for 2014 and hit it big with your business! Here are a few simple ways that can help you get back in the game.
Reanalyze your work strategy:
One of the major reasons why your startup might be facing a hard time is because of a poorly designed work strategy. We recommend that you “divide and conquer”. This is one way you can employ to increase your productivity. Set smaller goals and then get them done in time. Make your own to-do lists and then follow them strictly. Plan ahead and then keep track of it. In this manner you would never feel perplexed or wonder what to do next. The better you organize yourself the lesser time is wasted and hence comes more stability and structure to your startup.
Get some HELP:
There is absolutely no shame in admitting that you might need help of people who are better than you in the business. Don’t worry, we are not going to ask you to knock at your rival’s door and go begging for help and mercy. There are several online guides and mentors ready to help people out with their startups. Get the help of someone who has been in the game for a while and knows how the “big guys do it”. Also, employing interns could help you out too. With young blood comes new perspective and ideas. Your business could definitely use a new surge of energy. Moreover a newbie would even help motivate your current staff.
Reach out to your customers:
If your startup has failed to reach the customers targeted, then that is one BIG reason of why your startup is facing a setback. Go out there and let people know what your working on, make them part of your incredible journey and ask them what they wish to see in the product. Customer views and feedback can help you redesign your item and make some notable improvisations. Make your own website, after all internet is what everybody has access to. If you think you can’t manage it, then at least you should collaborate with other websites and put up advertisements to enhance your marketing.
Take a look at your competitors:
Oh yes! As hard and pinching it may seem sometimes you need to learn from your competitors. If they are doing better than you in the market, then you need to understand the ways they make it happen. Is it better working strategy? Stupendous marketing? Highly skilled employees? Or is it a better relation with customers? Whatever it is, it’s probably what you should be working on too. You shouldn’t copy whatever it is they are doing but you could get a gist of the approach they use and then add your own perspective to it. Moral of the story: look around and learn. A smart opponent definitely helps you get a move on.
Learn from your mistakes:
It’s no point looking back and regretting, but what you can do is learn from your past mistakes. Note down your weak areas, all the wrong decisions made and what you could do to prevent the same thing from happening in future. Mistakes are a good way to learn but repeating the same mistake over and over again is not wise. You must root out the cause of failure and start fresh.
Are insufficient funds keeping you from being a big hit? Well then no problemo! It’s all about having faith in your idea and selling it to the best of your ability (or you could sell it by someone better than you, a friend or a colleague with better presentation skills!). Get some good investors, a well managed flow of money, can help reduce your stress and enable you to work in a better way. When your mind is set to work and nothing else, your productivity and efficiency rises exponentially. Good investors would ensure better marketing and a greater audience would be easily reached.
Put it on “THE APPJUICE”:
One of the best ways to get your startup noticed and reviewed is by putting it on THE APPJUICE! Let us know about your incredible work, and we’ll definitely put it up for our readers. This is a good way for people to reach to you and get yourself advertised. Yes, The Appjuice is a good way to increase your viewers and give your startup the exact boost it needs.
A well-deserved break:
This might not seem an easy thing to take in but it’s true “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy”. Your creativity and enthusiasm can die out if you don’t take breaks in between your strenuous routine. A week or so of vacation can help you revive your energy and then inject the same positive feel into your work as well. Enjoy your time and most importantly enjoy your work too because it’s your own dream that you’re pursuing and nothing can be more fulfilling than that.
So, here are the few simple ways we have discussed to help you reanalyze your startup and give it a kick-start. Dream big folks and enjoy the ride. The AppJuice wishes you all the very best and a “Happy Startup!”