When you are first setting up your business there are 5 things that you should do to get started on the right foot. A lot of people start selling their services first and not putting the proper workflows and procedures in place and it comes back to haunt them. Here are 5 things you should do when you first start your business.
Over the years I have seen so many people not follow the rules from the beginning and they think they are flying under the radar. It does not take long to get set up as a legit business. Here is a checklist from the federal government to help you make sure you get the right forms filled out to be legit. Trust me, doing this, in the beginning, saves a TON of time. https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/checklist-for-starting-a-business
Get a good accounting software
When I first started my business I thought my excel spreadsheets were all I needed. I WAS WRONG. I had no idea where my money was going, I never remembered to update them and right before I switched to an accounting software I lost the hard drive that had my files and I had to start at square one. Many accounting firms are wizards with Quickbooks as it has become the standard for small business. Get started with Quickbooks here: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/accounting-software/
Get on social
Social is one of the best places to get people start talking about your business. I suggest starting with Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is a guide that is CHOCK FULL of useful info to get your business started on social media. http://www.business2community.com/small-business/15-excellent-beginners-guides-to-social-media-marketing-for-small-businesses-01254481#GCu8AM4cgUkrdJ0H.97
Pro Tip: Try to get the same name on all platforms.
Order Business Cards
One of the least expensive things that you can get to promote yourself is a good quality business card. For years I purchased business cards from Vistaprint but for the last few years I have been using MOO because of the higher quality look and feel. I feel like a good quality business card sends a message to your clients. Here is a guide that has some important considerations for your business cards. http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design/how-design-business-card-10-top-tips-9134291
Set up a website
I know it seems like this is a lot for one weekend of work but I promise this can all be done in just a few hours. The final thing I suggest people do is setup a website. Social media is great, but having a website that explains your products or services makes you LEGIT. Having a basic website that explains what you do and why do you do it will set you apart from your competition. To get started this weekend I suggest Wix. Wix has a ton of templates and is SUPER easy to use. Check out Wix over at http://www.wix.com
Was there something I missed? Let me know in the comments below!