The New Stuff

small business tips first year

Small Business Tips: Surviving the First Year

There are a millions of start-ups each year that do not go anywhere that is why the first year is really very crucial. What should you expect on the first year of your small business? What problems are you going to encounter? Most important of all, what can you do to ensure success? Here are some small business tips every entrepreneur must do on the first year:

If you’re not ready to receive 100 consecutive Nos, then you’re not ready to have a business. Hundreds of people will throw away your lovely brochure, hundreds of people will not give you a call back, hundreds of people will unfollow you. Learn to live with it! Instead of getting upset, use these Nos to motivate you into getting thousands of Yeses.

There are so many free seminars and conferences. There are also so many free resources online that you don’t have to spend a single cent to learn. But the best way to learn is when you

Ask advice from someone who’s successful. The rules of business is pretty much the same but make sure he knows a lot about your endeavor.  Make sure you pay his dinner, as well (and make it an expensive one). If you make him/her feel cherished, he/she will be more willing to help you. Leave the entitlement attitude at home. Lastly, you should address the question: what’s in it for them. Sure they’d say they just want to help, but that’s not how the world works…especially for businessmen.

Your small business should consume you. If it’s taking 12-14 hours of your day, then that’s definitely a good sign. Expect to have all-nighters 365 days if you’re planning to turn your start-up or small business into a success. Of course, that’s an exaggeration but you get what I mean.

If you can’t handle the hard work mentioned above, hire someone to help you. Look for shortcuts in doing things. There are so many tools that can help you achieve this. But more than the tools, you should THINK how you can achieve the same outcome without sweating so hard.

You can’t have a business nowadays without having any online presence. At the very least, create a really catchy website and a Facebook Page. Here are some tips on online marketing that everyone must read.

You might think that online marketing is enough, but offline marketing is still very powerful. If you have a local coffee shop, give away coupons, flyers, free coffee. Or hand out some awesome brochures (they don’t cost much but have good returns!). Be creative!

There are a hundred more tips but these will do for your first year. The rest, you can learn as you go.  Good luck!


Unified Manufacturing is an L.A. -based one-stop-shop that offers very affordable CD/DVD/USB replication, custom printing, promotional products, warehousing and fulfillment and much more. If you need an Instant Quote on a project and you want FREE SHIPPING, simply CLICK HERE.

  • Share/Bookmark

Recently Published

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 10.45.06 AM

Creative Calendar Designs for Your Christmas Giveaway Inspiration

It’s the time of year again when we need new calendars for the ...

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 4.14.43 PM

5 creative ways Unified can help you market yourself better

When marketing yourself and your products, it’s very important ...


Creative Business Cards for Artists that Incorporate What They Do

If you’re an artist, there’s no way you should hand out a ...


5 Reasons to Put Your Portfolio in a Flash Drive Instead of a DVD

Flash drives are more expensive than DVDs, without a doubt. However, ...


12 Transparent Business Cards That Really Rock

If you want to leave a good impression, hand them something they ...


Music Packaging of the Week: Reckless Kelly’s Long Night Moon (Glow in the Dark Ink)

The GRAMMY-Nominated Long Night Moon packaging features Glow In The ...


7 Design Tips From Graphic Design God Milton Glaser

We cannot talk about graphic design without talking about Milton ...


How to Increase Sales of Your T-shirt Business in Less Than 10 Days

You’ve pretty much given it all you’ve got but your ...


Best Record Package Grammy Nominees (and The Winner) for 2016

In this day where everything is digital, you might think that hard ...

More in graphic design, Marketing, promotional items (52 of 271 articles)