I’ve been thinking on what and how I will motivate you to start your business and I thought about comparing it to losing weight. Dang! Losing weight is so hard. Just this year, I was talking to a friend from the States (*Hi Kat!*) and she was telling me how bad she wanted to lose that extra layer of fat that remained after she gave birth. Man, I remember the time two years ago when I had my daughter and I really wanted to get back to my weight fast. It was definitely a struggle. So anyway, I gave her a copy of this book by my idol Timothy Ferris, which was the 4 Hour Body. And I really swear by this book! It changed the way I viewed losing extra fat. He talks about simple steps that you can take to lose weight, and believe me I did! After I gave birth, that was the “chubby-est” I have ever been and after I read and followed his book, I am at the LEAST chubby-est state that I have ever been… haha!

Anyway, here is the link to the book in Amazon.

So after sharing the book, and after my friend read the book, she was seriously determined to do the simple steps. After two days, she messages me on Facebook and tells me she can’t do it, because she has to eat fruits. My poor friend loves fruits, but in the book, it really states that you should give up fruits since it contains sugar. So, bottom of the story is I know that it’s really hard to start going into something that will obviously change everything about your life. That’s the same with business.

Starting a Business is much like going on a diet.

Once you have thought and decided to go into business, here are some things that you can do to finally get you in the groove to start that business that you want.

1) Create some visual motivation.

In my case, I create a vision board and pin it to the corkboard in my room. This vision board are split into short term goals and long term goals. Another thing that I do is print out the business canvas of my business and the projections. These are the things that I consider to be my maps in my business / startup journey! Always have these things accessible so that you can always go back to them and check if you are still on track.

*BTW, watch out for the announcement for a visual business plan workshop this January. These are perfect for people who love to see beautiful things or colorful things. Business plans can be colorful, cute and fun to make, too! Subscribe to ManilaWorkshops.com Newsletter to get updates.

2) Designate a planner, journal or notebook that you will use for your business, and write one main objective that you need to accomplish everyday.

These objectives may seem menial, like writing an email to this person or messaging a business partner, but each task will take you a step closer to the goal.

3) Block off one full day at the end of every month, starting this January to assess how far you are from your goals and to see if you really are moving towards that dream.

This really helps me a lot, since at the end of the month, I really get to review and have a conversation with myself (just like a crazy person!) as to whether I did enough or I still lack in being pro-active.

It’s really hard to get the ball rolling when it comes to creating a business, but take these little steps and you’ll go a long way. Before you know it, your business will be up and running in no time!

Do you have other tips that you want to share? I would love to hear them! Just leave a comment below!

Starting a business nowadays can be a bit daunting, especially because one needs to understand the legalities in starting a business. I get a lot of inquiries in my Facebook page on what the steps are to register a business. Well, to give you a recap on the three main steps or government institutions that you have to go through, these are the DTI or SEC, the Local Government/Municipal Hall and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

I have written interesting articles in this blog, which I hope would help you register:

Opening a Sole Proprietorship Business: DTI Process

Opening a Sole Proprietorship Business In Taguig: Municipal Hall Process

BIR Deadlines for Single Props and Corporations

For those who want someone who can explain all of these steps and to explain further about other legalities that you should need to know as a businessman/entrepreneur, I highly suggest that you attend these two workshops:

Workshop #1: Basic Legal Strategies in Business (March 20, 2014)
Join this 3-hour course on the Basic Legal Strategies for Business on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Bar, Tuscany Estates, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig, Metro Manila and learn about the procedures in complying with legal requirements in setting up a business. This workshop is brought to you by New Leaf Ventures and Manila Workshops.

Basic Legal Strategies Workshop FINAL

To sign up, please click on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/2014/02/basic-legal-strategies-in-business-march-20-2014.html

Workshop #2: How to Start a Business (April 12, 2014)
Get tips from a lawyer! Atty. Marie Joy M. Payumo-Salgado is currently the Dean of the College of Law of St. Mary’ University in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. She is also the Legal Counsel and the Corporate Secretary of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s University. She was a former Senior Partner of MENDOZA, PADILLA AND PAYUMO LAW OFFICE which handles civil and criminal cases and was a Lecturer of Constitutional Law and Legal Studies at St. Louis University in Baguio City. She finished her Masters of Laws (LL.M) at the University of Melbourne, in Victoria Australia and has completed academic requirements and public lecture for Master in Educational Management (MA E.M.). She took her Bachelor of Laws at St. Louis University.

EVENT DETAILS
Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Ortigas Foundation Library
2nd Floor Ortigas Building, Ortigas Ave. Pasig City (Beside Shell gasoline station with a McDonalds store)

To sign up, please click on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/12/how-to-start-a-business-feb-201.html

I am sure that you’ll learn a lot from these workshops. I hope to meet you as I will be personally handling these workshops! Sign up now! If you have questions, please feel free to email manilaworkshops(at)gmail(dot)com.