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Side business while working full-time

Discussion in 'Business Planning' started by hsjamsa, Sep 5, 2013.

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    hsjamsa

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    Hello everyone,

    I am working full time and planning to start a side business.

    I have been planning to start giving mehandi/henna (desi tattoo) services in cultural events. I’m pretty passionate about this project.

    Basically, I want to get this right from the offset. Since I don’t want to take the plunge to quit my job, I want to keep it as a side business for events on weekends and holidays.

    I would like to know where I should start, to whom I should get registered with for my specific mehandi applying services and other necessary details.

    Any help in this regard will be highly appreciated.

    Regards
    Saeed
     
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    NepalB2B

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    Hello hsjamsa!
    As you mentioned you want to keep it as a side business on weekends and holidays. so you can start-up your business with a website which will be the better way. and I think you can get registered as other service organization.
     
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    Gwebb

    Gwebb Wise Guy simplifies,

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    Saeed.

    Hello and welcome.

    Is there a market your passion?

    That's where you start.

    Regards
    Guy
     
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    Maevla

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    Definitely don't start with a website - no point in this expense until you see if there is a market. Social media would be a much better option and it's free.

    Is this something you have done before as it sounds pretty specialist?
     
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    jaidadi@123

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    Yes, u can start ur side business while doing full time job through internet
     
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    jaidadi@123

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    It is easy to start side business.
     
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    James Baldock

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    Hi Saeed,

    Well first of all, good luck to you.

    I agree with Maevla, don't get a web site yet. In fact, don't spend anything more than £50 for now. Set yourself a really low budget (such as £50) and stick to it. Use that and do not spend any more until you start bringing in some cash and even then, do not spend more than what you're bringing in + your initial £50.

    This is a good way to get going as you are not risking anything. It will put you in the right mindset to be frugal with the business income as well.

    Use social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc.) to build up some free advertising and see what happens. Give yourself three months and after that, reevaluate things. You may decide by then that it's took much hard work, you don't really enjoy it, you won't make enough money from it etc. etc.

    I think it's a good idea to try new things and have side projects. I'm self employed but try to set aside every Friday to try new things. Some succeed, others don't but either way, I am learning and stretching myself. If one in ten of these side projects succeed, in my opinion, it is still worth it. At the moment I'm testing a site to buy / sell other businesses over at http://www.sell-my-business.co.uk/ - the site didn't cost anything to set up, just a little time so like your idea (assuming set up costs are minimal) it doesn't really matter if it succeeds or not. We all have to stumble into a good idea at some point, right?

    From what you've said so far, it may be worth attending festivals as these are likely to have a huge crowd of potential customers. I know someone who spends six months of the year in the UK and the other six in Australia. She basically spends her time following the festivals (and good weather), selling her products. I'm not suggesting you go to her extremes but perhaps investigate some festivals / events near you that will be running next summer and then try to get a stall set up there.

    Good luck!
     
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    chetan_kamble

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    Hi hsjamsa

    First of all its a side business apart from your full time job, so it would be good way for you to start with social media and your contacts to market your passion.
    Once you have done few events and become known for your services, then you can start a website for appointment or other stuff.
     
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    Shannon Brady

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    I think that starting your own website/blog is really good idea for side job. You could include various sections and develop it. Also provide information about the services you offer. It would help a lot.
     
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    Keith Rollins

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    Startup Companies should reduce their expenses by outsourcing their work with good outsourcing Companies like Staff India (You may google it for proof).
     
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    sin123

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    Hi,
    Its good idea you can start side business.
     
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    Isabella Steven

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    Thanks man "James Baldock" for the helpful info. A friend of mine is looking for such kind informative help about side business.
     
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    Sophia Donald

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    Having a steady income to fund your new venture while working full time, you must follow the below steps

    • Inventory your strengths and interests

    • Create a competitive advantage

    • Set detailed, measurable and realistic goals

    • use survey
     
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    PaulineGreening

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    It's better to keep it as a side business, for now, your day job still offers the security of income. Have you tried joining groups that appreciate your craft? In this times, every niche has their own group through social media, might as well explore that.
     

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