Happy National Small Business Week! We often receive emails from people who are inspired by Corinna and Theresa's journey with Celsious and dream of having a business of their own. The problem is, they're unsure where to start!
It can definitely feel overwhelming in the beginning, so we always send a handful of tips to anyone who reaches out. These are some things that the Williams sisters did while building out Celsious, which in hindsight, have felt fundamental to their success.
In the spirit of National Small Business Week, we're sharing those tips here on the blog! Read on if you're considering opening a brick-and-mortar store or have already started down the path to entrepreneurship.
🌟 Here are four things you should do when starting a small business:
1) Talk to the small business owners in your area to get a sense of the challenges they face in your specific locality. See if they'd be willing to provide neighborly tips!
2) Take some relevant courses from the Small Business Association.
3) Every business needs a good:
Meet with at least three different people for each of those categories until you find the right fit. This will help you so much in the long run!
4) Have patience and fortitude because you'll run into many unexpected scenarios. Every city is different, and we don't know what you'll be up against in your area, but you'll need to trust and believe in yourself and the vision you have for your business.
Best of luck getting everything off the ground! 🌟
P.S. If you're interested in entering the laundry industry, we have some additional tips, which you can find here.
And if you're curious about Theresa and Corinna's thoughts on having an e-commerce store, you can check out the five-part series we did for Shopify's TikTok audience, here.
Tips by Corinna and Theresa Williams
Edited by Mutia Adisoma
Photo by West Elm (taken at Celsious)