Setting up a small business or start-up can be a mixed bag of good days and bad days. Owners will understandably want to make sure that they’ve got all their bases covered, but it can be quite challenging. Things are going to need to run smoothly and efficiently, and it takes a good deal of foresight to ensure that they will.
The best way to go about it? Try thinking about your new business in nuttier terms. Break down the daily responsibilities into the manageable chunks of mixed nuts that they really are—then consider them individually.
Now, most of us have probably purchased a packet or container of mixed nuts before, and it goes without saying that we all have our own likes and dislikes when it comes to the assortment. Not every nut is universally appealing, but each is vital part of the overall collective.
First things first: make sure that your business plan is solid. Much like peanuts are traditionally the foundation for any mixed assortment, the purpose of your company should always be in sight. Legumes are just plain essential. We sometime take them for granted because we’re so used to them being there. But don’t forget—they’re there for a reason. Ambition is always a good thing, as long as you’re being realistic and setting achievable goals.
Once you’ve got that in mind you can go ahead and throw a few extras into the mix. Start making some prerequisite purchases and start hiring. In the same way you’d fill a bowl of nuts with flavorful almonds, pecans, and cashews, you’re going to have to fill your office space with supplies, stationery, and staff. It’s not the most inexpensive procedure, but again, it’s just something that has to be done. There are plenty of suppliers out there to choose from, many of which may offer discounted rates for your recurrent or ongoing business. And as far as hiring goes, qualified applicants are only a well-placed advertisement away. Research and design the makeup of your company as if you were crafting the most appetizing mix you could imagine.
Oh, and don’t forget that you have to stay organized every step of the way. This means that there’s going to be plenty of clerical work, correspondence (both internal and external), and mailing to be taken care of. Hazelnuts are ideal in this manner—they’re the always-reliable support staff when it comes to mixed nuts. Sure, hazelnuts aren’t for everyone, but it’s hard to imagine an assortment without them. Likewise, it’s hard to imagine an office setting without a diligent clerical crew.
When your mixture as ideal, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. If you’ve done your job arranging things properly, your day-to-day will be more savory than you’d expect.
Can you think of any other ways for startups to vary their game plans? What’s your favorite mixed nut?