Five Things to Consider Before Running a Startup
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- Age 23
Living abroad, I’ve realized that I miss my country Kyrgyzstan. I cannot bring it to Poland, but I can bring is some handmade authentic products from Central Asia, made especially for me. However, I can’t find any of these products in Warsaw. Many of my compatriots and lovers of handmade products are in the same situation. So I got together with like-minded people and we have decided to run startup project called ARTASIAN.co
The idea is combining a retail online platform with social
entrepreneurship. The project aims to help talented artisans from
Central Asia to market their unique handmade items to customers
Here we go! There are five things to consider before running a
First, you should start the business with a clear vision of the
final result. In my case, it is the prosperity handicraft
artisans in Central Asia and a big company, which could work
without my presence.
Second, forget about illusions. A startup project is not about
chilling and earning millions per hour. Well, maybe in the
future, but definitely not in the beginning. It is a
time-consuming and unceasing process without a fixed salary. From
now on, the amount of your salary depends only on you.
Third, develop a corporate culture, which is not a simple thing
to do. It is an ethical system that must please every co-founder.
A corporate culture might seem ridiculous at first because it is
something very serious when the startup doesn’t look very serious
Fourth, cooperation is extremely important. Every day you should
be prepared for a hundred meetings with different people. For my
business, I meet with businessmen, handicraft artisans, vendors,
journalists, photographers and IT programmers. People are
different and everybody requires their own approach. You should
be highly self-disciplined and time-organized, you and every
member of your team. There are no office hours - you are not
working for Fridays or weekends. The result is the only thing in
Fifth, you should be super adjustable. Even if you have a
responsible person for each sector, every member of the team
should be multitasking, able to do a lot of things at the same
time. A startup is a time and emotion consuming process.
BUT! A startup will give you unforgettable emotions, teach you
the art of taking small steps, and make you appreciate time,
people and funds. You will be sincerely happy when you will see
your first results. The startup will become your baby that
requires a lot of attention. In turn, it gives you experience,
knowledge, new friends, some enemies, partners and a fulfilled
social life. So, believe in your idea. Maybe you will wake up as
a millionaire one day.
The most important thing is to have faith in the project!