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How To Start Your Business, And Your Day, Off Right

Written By: Mike Allton in How Solopreneurs Build Their Business | June 15, 2015

How To Start Your Business, And Your Day, Off Right

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and find out what the beverage of choice for many early risers can teach us about starting a business.

People have been greeting their day with a cup of coffee for, oh, hundreds of years. Roasting and boiling of those delicious beans began in Arabia and by the 1600’s, had spread into new coffee houses throughout Europe.

Washington Coffee - New York TribuneIn America, coffee consumption began in earnest, not surprisingly, when the British cut off tea imports during the War of 1812. It has since exploded to the rate of 1.6 billion cups consumed a day!

Notwithstanding British sailors who thought to use stale bread and water to substitute for coffee, the last century and a half has firmly entrenched coffee as the preferred beverage for many early risers.

And everyday solopreneurs as well.

Armed with a Starbucks caffè latte and available WiFi, new businesses and ideas are being launched every 1.6 minutes, it seems.

Of course, today’s challenge is not so much whether or not you have a cup o’ joe, as it is what kind of coffee you drink. Drip or French Press? Steamed Milk or Foam? The choices are varied and interesting.

38 ways to make a perfect Coffee

 

Similarly, if you’re thinking about starting an online business, choices abound.

What kind of business do I start?
Should I blog?
What kind of website do I need?
Where will I host it?
How will I grow my business?
Where can I learn about building an online business?
Do we need one office coffeemaker, or a Keurig for every desk?

Google any of those questions and the results will pour in, overwhelmingly so, like a barista gone mad with the cappuccino machine’s milk steamer.

Yet, there are certainly many ways the smart solopreneur can proceed.

Focus On What’s Important

First, like the businessman on his way to work, concentrate on what’s most important. In his case, all he wants is a cup of coffee to get the caffeine flowing, and isn’t going to spend time frothing and foaming and fussing over something fancy.

When it comes to your online business, make sure that you’re prioritizing where you’re spending your time and what it is that you’re expending precious energy to learn or do. Is it important for you to learn the mechanics of building a website? Do you really need to type up invoices one at a time in Word? Or perhaps there are tools or processes you can adopt which will reduce some of that burden.

Invest In Quality Where It Counts

On the other hand, while it might be convenient to stir up some instant coffee, are you really enjoying it? Wouldn’t you rather spend just a little more time and money on good, quality coffee that you can enjoy? You can still keep the brewing process relatively quick and simple, while savoring each drop.

Most startups are bootstrapped and can’t afford to waste precious time and resources on unnecessary expenses. Every dollar counts, and the priority is on those investments that are going to help the business grow, like development or marketing. That $1000 course on “How To Write A Winning Business Plan” might seem like a good idea, but are there less expensive alternatives that are just as effective?

SiteSell Helps Businesses Get Started

The good news is that you’re already on the right path by reading this article. Whether you’re a long-time reader or first-time visitor, you’ll find this blog to be filled with articles and information that can help guide and direct you in your online business building activities.

What’s more, SiteSell offers a solution specifically designed to help you get started:

SiteSell SBI!

Solopreneurs and small businesses choose SBI! for its unmatched process, guidance, community, and a complete suite of tools that together, outperform any other website building solution, guaranteed.

SBI! is the business and site building solution. And you can build an online business that will work for less than $1 a day – everything included. Hosting, domain, all modules and unmatched business building knowledge that has solopreneurs raving…

I do not believe there’s a better set of tools on the web to get you started with a website / online business.Antoinette Sawyer

The community and support is worth its price alone.David Ralph

I chose SBI! because you learn step by step not only how to build a website but how to make a business out of it.Darlene Abarquez

That’s less than the price of a cup of coffee, and you’ve positioned yourself, and your business, to get the best possible start.

Start Brewing Your Online Business Today

Dates and Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee

Mike Allton
Mike Allton is the Chief Marketing Officer for SiteSell. He's the author of "The Unofficial Book on HootSuite" and is known for his prolific blogging and social media expertise.
  • Dawn Swick-Renshaw

    Absolutely fabulous Mike!

  • Excellent read…good to the last drop! Truly nothing goes better together than starting your day with a cup of coffee and SBI on the computer.

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