Ready to launch your own business? Anyone who’s ever started a company knows there are many hurdles to cross and logistics to put in place first. It’s no wonder that countless would-be entrepreneurs never get their companies off the ground.
But starting a company, like any other major endeavor, can be broken down into a series of smaller steps. You tackle one small step at a time, and before you know it, you’re off and running.
Now work-at-home entrepreneurs have a new tool to help organize those steps: the Start Your Own Company app for the iPhone. This inexpensive application offers a streamlined, step-by-step approach to becoming your own boss -- and is the first iPhone app to actually walk users through that process.
The Start Your Own Company app is like a series of flash cards, with a basic step on the front of each card-- and more information on the back about how to tackle that step. For instance, the flip side of the SET UP A HOME OFFICE CARD reads:
“Many entrepreneurs rave about the joys of a home office. It’s cost-effective and convenient. It allows working parents to be around for their kids. And, of course, it boasts all the comforts of home. Just make sure it offers the functionality of a productive workplace. When you’re deciding whether you should set up shop in the guest bedroom, the basement or on the sun porch, consider whether you’ll be hosting clients in your home office and what they’ll have to walk through to get there. (Lots of home-based professionals sidestep this issue by holding client meetings at their clients’ offices, or meeting with colleagues or associates over lunch or coffee.)”
For those without iPhones, Starter Cards also offers a more comprehensive printed version of the Start Your Own Company plan. This 52-card deck, available on Amazon or at http://www.startercards.com, includes the Launch steps of the iPhone app, along with additional cards for the Vision and Follow-Through phases, marked by important Milestone cards.