How to start a business fast (as fast as this week)

I get asked:

  • how to start a business
  • what kind of business to start

I find this is the easiest part of any business, because I’ve so many business ideas that I dont have the time or energy to do them all.

Let’s simplify:

All you need is to find your first paying customer.

Your website doesnt matter.

Neither does your business name.

Or how you look on a social media site.

Or if your business card looks okay.

Those are just busy stuff, and not as important, in fact those are distractions.

It doesnt matter what business you’re entering.

  • Lawn care
  • Tutoring
  • Car detailing
  • Baby sitting
  • Pet sitting / walking
  • Etc

What I’d do is to reach out to my network and make an offer

And see who is interested.

An example template.

  1. text / call / message / blurb on social media / neighbourhood and say this
  2. I’m thinking of doing this, and what I’m offering is this service for this outcome
  3. do you know anyone who would want me to do this

Let’s apply this to lawn care / grass cutting

  1. text / call / message / blurb on social media:
  2. Hey I’m Nigel, I’m starting a grass cutting business, and I’ll keep your grass at a nice trim length; and get rid of all your weeds. All for X dollars.
  3. Do you know someone who’d like that?
  4. Bonus: throw in first session for free (sales and marketing)

Try that with other niches or business ideas, whichever you’re more interested in.

Once you get your first paying customer, you’re in business baby.