There are no shortcuts when it comes to starting your own business. Launching and operating a new business is all about putting in the time, taking one step further each day than the day before, and above all, being open to learning from everything around you, including your customers. If you are ready to take the entrepreneurial leap, here are seven quick tips for you to consider.
Inquire within – It’s passion that builds companies, not just ideas. If you don't have the same feeling about your aspiring venture as you had the first time you fell in love, then consider waiting for the right one.
Get to know your customers - Companies serve people. Do you know your customers' needs inside and out? Are you familiar with their pain points? Make learning about your prospective customers your top priority before taking the jump. Let your future customers "co-create" your enterprise. They'll likely be the first ones waiting when you open your doors.
Know your market - Do you understand the lay of the land in which you will operate your business? What is your unique advantage? What's your "voice"? If there are other companies offering a similar service in your field, study them closely. Figure out what they are doing right and what you can do better.
Hire a great attorney - Nothing substitutes the value of a good legal adviser when launching a business. More important than just about any other team addition, a good attorney will provide the best business education you'll ever get.
If you need to hire, hire great - A well rounded, passionate team can overcome just about everything. There is nothing more fun than working with a group of passionate, smart people towards a common goal.
Find a bank that loves you - Maybe an old school notion, but there is hardly a more critical relationship in the early days of a business than with one's bank. Don't go for the best-known one, go for the one that loves getting your business. Their support in the early days of your company will go a long way, whether it's with a small credit line, better borrowing terms, etc.
Your local government can help - Depending on your business, you will be amazed at how many underused resources exist for new start-ups that are offered by local, city or federal governments. Co-working space, grants, networking events, great introductions - they are often up for grabs.
Make sure to consider these tips if you’re thinking of taking the plunge in starting your own business. You may not think of some of these initially, but they can be a great asset as you’re building your business.
NuSystem Draft Beer Services was founded three years ago by Jelena Marsh Bentley. NuSystem is a local Savannah company that prides itself in customer service, sales, installations, maintenance and line cleaning of your draft equipment.
NuSystem specializes in both Residential and Commercial installations, so whether you’re wanting to add some flare to your Man Cave or you need an Air Draft System installed in your establishment, they are the company you want to call. NuSystem’s motto is “Any Beer, Any Time and Any Place” – they will make it work, even if you don’t think it is possible. NuSystem strives to establish and maintain long term, professional relationships with their clients and provide them with quality products and services consistent with what customers expect in all aspects dealing with beer.
If you’re looking to update or expand your business establishment, check out the commercial products and services on their website. They offer draft equipment sales, installation and expansion as well as line cleaning and help with food pairings. Perhaps you’re a residential customer interested in enjoying draft beer, home brewing or becoming the envy of the neighborhood. If so, check out their residential products and services such as installation of conversion kits, towers and keg boxes, as well as line cleaning and maintenance.
Jelena and her team at NuSystem can be contacted using the information on their website at www.nusystemdraft.com. Don’t hesitate to give them a call for any of your draft beer needs!
Like most small-business owners, you've probably heard about outsourcing… In fact, you probably even do it. But have you ever heard of insourcing? A relatively new concept, insourcing—or bringing work that’s normally outsourced in-house—is a small but growing trend at big companies. Insourcing can also be beneficial to smaller businesses as well.
Improving customer service was the top reason for switching to insourcing; however, it’s not the only one. Companies say insourcing saves them money compared to outsourcing, and also gives them greater control over projects. Another reason to insource: It can lead to happier, more engaged employees. Insourcing is especially valuable when dealing with millennial workers. By insourcing projects, your business can not only reduce outsourcing expenses, but also provide new opportunities for employees to learn and grow.
If you’re considering insourcing, there are several things you need to think about as a business owner.
Do you have the infrastructure to handle the project in-house? Employees aside, consider whether you have the systems, processes, materials and equipment needed to do the job. Think through all the “moving parts” and your options for obtaining them.
How will insourcing affect your employees? While using in-house staff means you’ll save on the cost of freelancers or independent contractors, it’s not free. You'll need to consider how your existing employees’ duties can be restructured or modified so they have time to handle the new projects. If you're adding duties to their existing workload, plan for how they’ll be compensated, whether it’s a raise, bonus or overtime pay.
Will you need to hire new employees? If the insourced project is big enough, it may justify new hires. Or you might move an existing employee into that role, then hire someone to fill his or her old job. Ideally, try to promote from within if you have the expertise; that way, any new hires can be entry-level, so they’ll cost you less and your existing employee will benefit from the promotion. With any hire, remember to take additional costs, such as benefits, into account.
Learning what your employees are capable of and giving them the opportunity to use more of their skills—and develop new ones—can help both your employees and your company grow stronger and more successful.
Chiriya’s Thai Cuisine in Thunderbolt is a fabulous Thai restaurant with an atmosphere elegant enough to take a date or celebrate a special occasion but also casual enough to pop in for a weeknight dinner. Chiriya’s, originally on Abercorn Street across from Oglethorp Mall, has been in business for seven years and is owned and operated by Chiriya Kaewcharoen-Moore and her oldest son Justin.
Chiriya was born in Thailand and immigrated to the US in 1976. After studying English for a few years she entered Kapiolani Community College on Oahu where she studied culinary arts. After college, she worked at John Dominis, an upscale and popular restaurant in Honolulu. Working in the restaurant inspired her to open her own restaurant one day but these plans were put on hold until she and her family settled down in Savannah in 1996. In 2006, her two boys were old enough to be on their own so she took a chance on her dream and opened the first Chiriya’s Thai Cuisine in Chatham Plaza. She successfully brought together her native Thai culture, her love for Hawaiian culture and her sense of style to put her restaurant on the map as the best restaurant for Thai and Hawaiian cuisine in Savannah. Chiriya operated the location at Chatham Plaza until December 2012 but she decided to close her doors and open a new location on Victory Drive in Thunderbolt with her son Justin as co-owner and head chef.
At Chiriya’s you can find delicious starters, authentic soups & salads and a variety of Thai foods such as stir-fry, curries and Thai noodles. Plus, for those customers worried about consuming meat, all entrees can also be made vegetarian by substituting tofu in your meal. If you’ve loved Thai food for years or maybe haven’t given it a try yet, take a chance on Chiriyas – it will open your eyes to delicious Thai and Hawaiian cuisine! For more information about Chiriya’s Thai Food and to check out the menu visit www.chiriya.com.