The First Steps to Starting Your Dream Business

Mar 29, 2023

Are you feeling stuck in your current job, dreaming of starting your own business but unsure of where to begin?

It can be a daunting decision to leave the security of a steady paycheck and take the leap into entrepreneurship. However, there are certain signs that indicate it may be time to quit your job and start pursuing your passion. 

Starting a business can be one of the most rewarding things you can do to create the life you’ve dreamed of, but it can also be overwhelming to know where to start. That’s why it’s important to take the right first steps to ensure that you’re building a business that is aligned with your values and goals.

Check out these small business tips and resources to help you set yourself up for success, and get a better understanding of what it takes to transition from employee to entrepreneur – and to start living life on your own terms!

When You Should Quit Your Job

Deciding to quit your job and start your own business is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. While the idea of being your own boss and pursuing your passions may be exciting, there are also significant risks and challenges involved in starting a business. 

Maybe you’re experiencing a toxic work environment with bullying (which was what happened with me!) or you want your work to have a bigger impact on the world. Take time to look at your own mental health and the resources that are available to you, as well as your level of commitment to starting this new business. 

Ultimately, the decision to quit your job and start your own business is a personal one that requires careful consideration and planning. While it may be tempting to jump into entrepreneurship without fully evaluating the risks and rewards, taking the time to assess your situation and plan accordingly can help set you up for success in the long run.

The 5 Keys to Starting a Business

To build a lifestyle in alignment with who you are, it’s important to keep these five key factors in mind when starting a business:

  1. Passion, purpose, and vision –

    When starting a business, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your passion and brand purpose. This will help you stay motivated and focused on your goals, even in the face of challenges. If it feels overwhelming to think of narrowing down to a specific area, learn how to niche down as a multi-passionate person.
  1. A solid business plan and brand strategy –

    Every successful business starts with a clear vision of what it wants to achieve, and a well-defined strategy to get there. Without a clear sense of direction and purpose, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day operations and lose sight of the bigger picture. Having a solid business plan that outlines your vision and strategy will help keep your business focused and on track, while also providing a roadmap for growth and success.
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  1. Build a consistent brand presence on social media –

    Consistent branding and marketing across social media platforms that align with your communication style are also essential for building a successful business. By developing a strong brand identity and consistently promoting your products or services, you can establish your business in the minds of your ideal target audience and build a loyal client base.
  1. Find your ideal client and build a strong brand experience for them –

    By prioritizing client satisfaction and building a positive reputation, you can create a loyal community and attract new customers through word of mouth. Having a clear idea of who your ideal client is will also help you build these strong relationships, because they’ll naturally be in alignment with your offers!
  1. Work on your mindset and daily routines –

    Finally, this might be the most essential ingredient to starting a business that will last and bring you success long term. It’s important to work on your mindset and develop daily routines that will help you stay grounded in the face of an ever-changing business landscape that will require you to be adaptable and flexible. The business landscape is constantly evolving, and successful entrepreneurs are able to pivot and adjust their strategies as needed to stay ahead of the curve.

By keeping these five key factors in mind, you can increase your chances of building a successful business that aligns with your personal values and goals, and start creating a lifestyle that you love!

How Can I Start My First Business with No Money?

Starting a business with limited funds can be challenging, but it’s not impossible with the right approach and mindset, it’s possible to turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

Being resourceful and creative is key when funds are limited, and there are many ways to get started on a budget. Here are some practical tips for getting started with little to no investment:

  • Consider the type of business you wish to start. For example: an online business offering services can cost you $100 or less to start as you don’t need much capital unlike a restaurant or a beauty product brand 
  • Build your support network by bartering or partnering with other businesses to reduce costs
  • Find a flexible side hustle that can pay your bills as you grow your business 
  • Use free or low-cost resources, such as podcasts and social media, to learn and reach your target audience. My FREE personalized brand strategy guide is a great place to start – check out this brand strategy quiz I created to help you understand how to show up in your business in alignment with your unique energy, personality & Human Design
  • Start showing up on social media and talking about your business everywhere to land opportunities such as sponsorships, investors and features that will help bring you clients to grow your business 
  • When you can’t invest money, you will have to invest more time to get where you want to go.

Starting a business is a journey, and it can be a challenging transition. However, with the right mindset, resources, and support, you can absolutely build a successful and fulfilling business that supports your true-to-self life. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your existing business to the next level, embrace the process and take the first steps towards building the business and life of your dreams.

If you are ready to build an online brand that allows you to live a freedom and joy filled life, check out my brand development coaching program. This program gives you hands-on experience creating your brand from scratch, including messaging and social media strategy.

Hey friend, It's Marina!

Hey friend, It's Marina!

I’m an Egyptian-born personal brand coach, strategist, speaker, certified yogi, and avid traveler.

Obsessed with living a freedom-filled life, on my terms of course, I’ve been traveling the world solo for over 10 years. I’ve experienced the wildest and most incredible things that lead me to start this platform—Livin Vivaciously.

I’m also a proud corporate fashion design dropout (yup, that life is not for me) passionate about helping freedom-obsessed women and digital entrepreneurs build their true-to-self personal brand to live with more freedom and joy.

Happy to have you in my vivacious community!

Stay Vivacious,


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