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The Bare Essentials Of Your First Startup

BY Rebecca | 27 January, 2015 | no comments

Most budding entrepreneurs are pleased to hear that they don’t need much to get started. There is a term in business that many successful business leaders live by: essentialism. It is the art of stripping your business down to the bare essentials in every aspect. It helps you see the business with clarity. It also helps keeps costs low as you eliminate anything unnecessary. Essentialism can be practiced at every level of business. Today we’ll look at the essentials you need for getting started.


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An idea

Really, this is all you need. It doesn’t even need to be a world-changing idea. It just needs to be something. Anything that has a potential and can scale up. Don’t worry too much about how unique or world-changing it is just yet. Just make sure that there’s a market for it and that there is potential to grow. You’ll find that your idea will change and evolve over time to fit the market.

A workspace

An entrepreneur needs space to think and build. An office (in the traditional sense) is completely unnecessary. To get started, you just need a small space to call yours. Keep it separate to the rest of your home so you can keep work and life separate. An entrepreneur’s biggest challenge is leaving work at the desk. It’s very hard to switch off. A dedicated space will help.


Invest and believe in yourself when you’re getting started. You don’t need a team of people or staff just yet. Trust yourself to develop the idea and lay the groundwork. Of course, you should pitch the idea to friends and family. Get some vital feedback and take their thoughts on board. However, don’t get bogged down with opinions. Trust yourself and make things happen.

Essential equipment

If your idea or business needs equipment, invest the money necessary. Don’t cut corners or buy poor quality when it comes to business. Of course, look for the bargains and cost savers. But, look at it like an investment. Costs and numbers will vary business to business. For example, a small catering business requires equipment from On the other hand, freelancers and consultants require little to get started.

To-do lists and goals

The key to every successful business is goal setting and to-do lists. Starting your own business is difficult because it requires self-starting energy. There’s a lot of self-motivation involved in starting a business. Goals and strict to-do lists will help you organise and prioritise your thoughts.

A web presence

Finally, few businesses can exist in the modern world without a web presence. You’ll need a website and a social media presence. On top of that, a little online marketing will do wonders for your first few steps. These are all techniques that you can do yourself.

Don’t overthink the first steps of your business. Strip it down to the bare essentials. What exactly do you need to get started? No more, no less. This will keep you focused, save you money and help you progress faster. Good luck!



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