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6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Business

6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Business

Whether you own your own business or dream of someday starting one, this piece is for you. I originally pitched the concept to Coosa Valley Credit Union because I have experience in starting and operating successful businesses. For starters, there's my life as a freelance content marketing writer, which is most obvious here. But did you know my family also started an organic farm in the suburbs of Washington, DC? True story. Our healthy hens have fed thousands of people. Friends and family members close to us know, however, that it wasn't always a successful endeavor.

The thing started as a way to fulfill the husband's dreams of ejecting himself from the rat race and getting outdoors for meaningful work. Turns out, people do this all the time. Rarely does it pan out, honestly, since 80%-90% of startups still fail. But we were optimistic. The local food movement, my husband's skill set, and our sheer determination were going to make it work.

Needless to say, we learned a lot. By the time I proposed this article to the client, I felt like I could write a book on jumpstarting a small business. Tools, ideas, pitfalls to avoid, joys, and even which tasks to outsource. All this say, crafting this piece felt like meaningful work. Who knows how the client would distribute the information? I sure didn't. All I knew was I had done my part to help other entrepreneurs start their thing. 

Are you excited to see the final product? I'm delighted to share it with you. Here it is. 6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Business - be that an organic farm or freelance writer career. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed crafting it. 

P.S. If I could offer a bit of advice to other freelance writers, it would be to actually read the final product and apply it to your freelancing career. I recommend avoiding an LLC for legal structure and sticking with the Sole Proprietorship until you establish your own brand. I also suggest hanging out behind the legal protection of an agency so your editors can steer you in the right direction for your clients' needs. You really don't want to accidently step in it. Content marketing agencies have become the legal experts so you don't have to. Letting them handle potential  pitfalls frees you up to do what you do best - write. 

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