My name is Leah and I am the Founder and CEO of SOCIAL Enjoyments. SOCIAL launched in August of 2014, with one product, Hibiscus Cucumber Sparkling Sake Wine. Here was what it looked like!
This is called a Minimum Viable Product or MVP in startup lingo. MVPs help us get out in the market quickly and inexpensively so we can learn!
Looking back now the risks I took sound crazy! I remember the day I told my manager that I would like to volunteer for Nestle’s upcoming layoff. I got off the phone thinking ‘Holy smokes, did I just say that???” Only two months after I had even started concepting the brand… without a product in sight! Yikes!
Through the ups the downs, the huge wins and the scary 401k withdrawals, it has been a wild ride that I would absolutely never trade. Now that SOCIAL has had some big wins, I feel more assured that as long as I continue to work hard, stay positive and do what I’m doing, SOCIAL will end up being the business that makes all my dreams come true.
And now I want to help you do the same and then some! So for the next year, each month, I will post steps to start your own business. Yes… for you to start your own business now! Not next year or in theory… I am hoping you will follow along step by step and see how easy and fun it can be. And it does not need to be the ultimate business idea of your life, though that would be great too!
Building a business requires practice, skills, knowledge, and more just like every other skill, dance, sport etc.
So whether you have an idea or not, I suggest you do the steps in order to learn the process that you can apply later. Maybe the goal is to do a business that makes $100 in the first year…that would still be a big win in experience gained!
Ok so To Do List #1, and we will start off slow with two quick questions…
1.) What Are Your 3 Main Passions?
(health, dance, writing, astronomy, reading) What do you spend a lot of your time doing anyway and want to continue learning more and more about?
Example: Here’s mine.
1.) Spirituality (meditation, love, positive thinking, self actualization ect.)
2.) Holistic Nutrition (Superfoods, efficient eating, )
3.) Business and Communications (Marketing, one-on-one conversations, public speaking, reading).
What are yours?
Question 2 What are three of your main skills or talents?
- Management & business development
Comment below with the answers or jot them down. Over the next month start to see what pops in your mind about how these passions and talents intersect to make something new and great in the world. Ask & you will receive.
Would love to see what your brainstorm reveals! If you have any q’s please leave them below.
I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to share in and contribute to your journey. Thanks for playing and enjoy!