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20 Steps to Starting Your Business for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

You’re an early stage entrepreneur and there’s so much to learn. Here’s some advice from Mark Asquith, straight-shooting small business expert who specialising in helping the rest of us on our way:

  1. Endorse yourself as a person – be the authentic you, find your own true north and don’t deviate
  2. Find people you have synergy with – who do you get along with and who can you solve problems for?
  3. Who is your tribe, your audience and what kind of people do you want to help?
  4. Find your niche, or ‘niche down’ to coin the phrase
  5. Have a plan, a broad strokes plan, that takes you closer to your mountain every day
  6. Know what the next five years looks like
  7. Have your own aspirations and stick to them
  8. Don’t be afraid to push boundaries
  9. Experiment
  10. Test the little things – innovate and see what works
  11.  Be really focused on what you’re trying to achieve
  12. Innovate
  13. Take the notion of an idea and put your own stamp on it
  14. Build the right relationships
  15. Choose your battles wisely
  16. Know, like, trust – be consistent and legitimate
  17. Be clear on what you can’t do but make sure you can recommend someone who can do
  18. Distill down – filter through the noise and gravitate to the two or three mentors who can help you at any given time
  19. Stick to where you like, stick to where you enjoy and stick to where you feel you get the most value
  20. Pivot if necessary – keep to your core goals but don’t be afraid to move your business slightly to test new things

So there you have it, plenty of advice to get you moving in the right direction. For more, you can listen to the podcast here or visit Mark over at

About the author, Melinda

I'm an authorpreneur, English teacher and podcaster who dreams of a life on the road full of adventures and handsome heroes, whilst making squizillions of dollars in book sales to pay for my chocolate fix. In the real world, I write novels and non-fiction, and offer my expert advice via online courses (as soon as I make them) and writing retreats (as soon as I organise them).

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