In the business world, is there anything better than assisting another small business or startup? By working together on projects, not only to you receive the satisfaction of helping someone else, but they appreciate the partnership!
My business is a little over a year old now and I have to admit, I’ve learned a lot along the way. Many go into their own business with one thing in mind. MAKE MONEY! Money is definitely a perk no matter what your business may be. However, there are also those small businesses or entrepreneurs like myself that enjoy putting a smile on someone’s face and creating their vision.
Helping Startups and Small Businesses is My Reward
Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t have a business if I didn’t charge for my Services. However, there are times that I make exceptions and go pro bono. I remember when I was starting my business and how stressed and anxious I was. I didn’t have an ample amount of funds to start-up. I didn’t have a business coach to guide me along the way. I had me and my Accountant. She helped me to decide which business to create (LLC, Inc, Sole Proprietor) and made sure I had all the necessary legal documents to operate.
The rest, with help from a few freelance friends, stumbled along the way and here we are today.
Not Everyone Has Help
Nor the financial means for that matter.
This is where my compassion kicks in. I see people who are passionate about their startup business. They really want it to work and know a little bit about how they want to get there. But as most of us know, without social media accounts or a website, you may as well just stick your head in the sand.
This Is Where I Have Helped
In the past, I have seen the despair in their eyes and it tugs at my heartstrings. In conversations with some of these folks, you just know they don’t have the know-how or the means to pursue the necessities. I have helped several start-ups and small business create their visions and guided them pro bono.
I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, but the feeling of helping those in need and putting the smiles on their faces is worth more than the almighty dollar, at times.
To read an email where they thank you over and over again for putting their ideas, along with my own, on a functional mobile-responsive website warms my heart. To talk to these entrepreneurs, how I like to call them and hear the excitement in their voice touches me like no other human has.
Just recently, a friend who I met through blogging reached out to me to create her vision. When she asked how much she owed me, I said “Hows $0 sound?” She couldn’t believe it. There are others out there that could have raked her over the coals for a site she may not have been elated about. By helping out this friend with her startup, that I believe will be huge, I have strengthened not only our relationship but our partnership in the business realm.
There have been several others that I have done the same for and you know what, I love doing it!
Advertisements Only Go So Far
In the business world, we can spend thousands of dollars on Advertisements. I’m guilty of promoting ads on Facebook, as that is where some of my clientage are found. However, I’m spending peanuts compared to what some would.
I like to rely on word-of-mouth, referrals, and friends passing along my business. Do you know how far word can travel on social media? Seeing your business name at the bottom of a website can attract many more clients. Creating a beautiful design and header that awe the business owners clientage are bound to get you a referral or two.
But it’s not all about making that buck, is it?
Building relationships are! If you have a business but you never network with others in a friendly, compassionate manner, you’re bound to fail.
My Tips as a Fairly New Business Owner
- Shop around
- Go it slow – It’s not going to happen overnight
- Ask friends
- Network online with those in your business niche
- Build relationships
- Build friendships
- Have a heart
- Don’t give up
- Don’t be afraid to do pro bono work
These are things I do on a daily basis. Yes, it takes time. A lot of time, however, the relationships I am building are well-worth it. Many will tell you to not
How many times have you seen or heard:
Don’t give your services away for free.
Don’t short yourself by having cheap rates.
My advice to you?
Now, I want to hear it from you. How are you building your startup business? Do you have any tips you could add?