Starting a business might be the best decision you ever make – choosing to be your own boss, do what you love full-time, and working the hours you set. But there’s no denying that it can also feel a bit overwhelming.

There's always this temptation to wait for the ‘perfect’ time to start up – that mythical area of your life when your spare time and extra funds combine to make starting up a piece of cake. Unfortunately, there’s never really a perfect time to start up – life has a habit of getting in the way, however you plan it. Which means? There’s no time like the present.

We’re not advocating throwing caution to the wind and quitting your job immediately (in fact, there are lots of reasons to stay in employment when starting up) – but we are advocating doing one little thing this week, whether you spend 15 minutes or a couple of hours, in order to start on your journey to entrepreneurship. If you do one thing every week, soon you’ll find that those little things add up.  Best of all, you don’t have to do it alone. Keep us informed of your progress on the #DoOneThingThisWeek hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, or over on our Facebook page, see what others are doing, get inspired and make connections!

Do One Thing This Week - week 1

Week 1: Refine your business proposition

We’re keeping it simple for week one. What we want you to do this week is: refine your business proposition.

What’s your business all about? What do you do, and why? Create no more than a paragraph that sums up what’s at the core of your business, your elevator pitch, what you’d tell Richard Branson if you were given just 30 seconds to share your idea with him. And then boil this down further into one sentence that fits on a sheet of A4 paper. Write it down and share it with us on the #DoOneThingThisWeek hashtag.

Don’t be shy – get involved! Follow the hashtag and give feedback on others’ ideas, let people know if you like their idea, and encourage others to #DoOneThingThisWeek. All businesses started with that one thing: maybe it’s time for you to take the plunge. Good luck!


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