4 Tips to Help You Start a New Project

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If you are feeling doubtful of whether or not you should start a new project or business, then this article is for you.

1. Start with what you have.

Most people won’t start a new project because they don’t have professional equipment to perform their ideas. Yes, in the long term you’ll need to invest in special equipment depending on the project. Perhaps you’ll need a professional camera to take pictures for your website, or a good laptop to edit your pictures and videos. But some of the most successful entrepreneurs I know actually started making videos with their mobile phones, or giving (yoga and piano) lessons in their laundry rooms until they could afford to rent a proper studio. I didn’t have a laptop when I started writing my blog, but that didn’t stop me from working on it.

When you are passionate about something, you will want to start right away. It won’t matter where or how, you’ll find a way. Because not doing what your calling is telling you to do is a form of suffering. It’s just a delay in what could become an extraordinary lifestyle.

2. Don’t wait for the perfect time.

There is no such thing as the perfect time. Many of us wait a very long time before starting to do something because we are afraid it won’t be good enough. But we have to understand that whatever we practice we will improve at. 

Perfection is often disguised in procrastination. Waiting to have enough money so you can afford everything is another waste of time! When I started my online clothing shop, I was cleaning houses. I did not wait to quit my day job to start my own business. Instead, I used the money I made cleaning to invest in it.  Having a day job actually helped me get started. If I would have waited for conditions to be perfect, I would probably still be in the same position, doubting my talent, or even my ideas.

3. Learn from the bad too.

Don’t feel discouraged if things don’t go the way you expect them to go at the beginning. Good projects take time. You’ll make mistakes, but these mistakes will make you wiser and stronger.

However, don’t only learn from your mistakes, learn from other people’s mistakes too. I am in the process of becoming a better writer, and we all know writers have to read a lot. I love reading good books, but I read crappy books too. But crappy is good. Otherwise, how would we know what is good and what isn’t? Sometimes I go back to my old posts and say to myself, did I really write this? They’re wordy, repetitive, and out of topic. Reading my old posts encourages me to write better ones.

4. Make priorities.

The number one excuse when it comes to starting a new project is not the lack of tools or expertise, but the lack of time. “I don’t have time” is an excuse that will kill your dreams. If you really want to succeed at something, you have to be willing to give up certain things. Reduce the amount of time you spend on social media and focus your attention on things that matter to you. All that time you spend talking on your phone could be spent working on your new projects.

Finally, value your time. Be selective when it comes to people. Spend more time with result makers and less with complainers. Positivity is a strength you must look for in people when you’re trying to make new relationships.

There’s something greater hidden within you. Do you have the courage to bring it to life? Share your ideas in the section below.

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Author: Jessica Araus

My name is Jessica. I’m a writer and illustrator living in the Netherlands. I write stories based on my life experiences and I also create colorful illustrations that entertain and inspire many. It’s my hope that this blog serves you as a simple reminder of the power you have to choose, create, and live a life that you love.

4 Replies to “4 Tips to Help You Start a New Project

  1. I LOVE the point on “starting with what you have”. It’s way too easy to come up with excuses and reasons not to do something. These days all we really need is an internet connection and an idea. Great post, and thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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