It’s finally here. What you’ve been working on for months, maybe years is finally ready to launch. My wife and I’s new biz is in the same boat. We started working on it at the end of January, and now it’s time to launch. As with everything – you probably found a few things pop up that you didn’t expect. Whether it be supplier issues, cash flow issues, design work…whatever. Alas, it’s time to showcase the world what you have to offer. Your gut has been telling you to do this forever, and now it’s your time to do it.
What you’ve learned
For me I’ve always loved the process of starting a business. It’s in the creation where I get really excited, and then I get to sprinkle in my marketing talents, which is even more fun. You may not share the same love as me, but you know you want to create something. Whether you’re a tech company, a contractor, or someone who’s launching a blog about how to eat healthier. Whatever it is you’re a do-er. You’re about to create something when 95% of the population would rather think of cool ideas, but never put the time in to act on them. You’ve learned a lot, and what you’ve learned will stay with you for a lifetime.
This is the scary part
Before you launch there are going to be a bunch of nagging things in the back of your mind like, “What if no one likes what I have to offer?” or “Am I sure this colour scheme really works?”
Whatever is nagging you don’t let it eat you up. You’ve put in all this effort, and now it’s time to launch. This is the moment you’ve been building toward, so don’t stop now.
Funny enough – this is the toughest part. Whether you’re a writer, entrepreneur, designer…it’s always the toughest part to finish. To actually put your product / piece / service / book to market. Why? Because you’re afraid. You’re afraid you’ll fail. You’re afraid people will make fun you. There are so many things urging you to stop when it’s the most important time to move forward. It’s easy to say, but you have to conquer this fear, and you have to finish. Believe me – I know how hard it is to battle these negative thoughts.
Battle the inner voices
One way to battle the ‘lizard brain’ as Seth Godin calls it – is to JUST DO IT (thanks ad agency representing Nike). Keep in mind your product / service doesn’t have to be perfect when you launch. It can still be rough around the edges. That’s okay as long as you’re open about it. Call it a soft-launch. You’re putting the fruits of your labour out there, but you don’t have EVERYTHING figured out yet. There are going to be some things that pop up over time like shipping issues or customer service that you’ll have to take care of, but right now you have no idea about what’s to come. By soft-launching you’ll be able to test the waters, get your processes down, and truly find if there’s a market for what you have to offer.
For my wife, and I – we have a limited product selection of female fashions, and we’re okay with that. We’re also very transparent about how new we are. We want to build something alongside our customers.
First, and foremost – we’re going to reach out to family and friends to take a look at our site, and to potentially even order stuff from us. We want to build organically before we start turning the marketing crank. Early adopters of your brand are generally more lenient on you than the general public. Early adopters understand there may be some hiccups when a business is first starting out, so attach on to these early adopters, and work with them to build your business. In our case – the early adopters are going to be friends and family. How do we know? They’ve already been apart of our research before we decided to jump into this business.
Here it is
I’ve also decided to share this with you. Maybe you’ll like it. Maybe you won’t. Ever Rose has launched and you can check it out here: www.everrose.com.
Currently, we’re only shipping to Canada, but you can still provide feedback from wherever you are in the world. Please take a look around. Let me know what you like, don’t like or can improve.
Thank you for being apart of the journey from day one to launch. The Journey of the Do is now complete. Now, comes the tricky part…actually keeping this thing going 🙂
Jordan ‘The Guy with the Bow Tie’ Rycroft