How to Start a Business with no Special Skills and Prior Experience

You have a fantastic business idea in mind. You have the determination, courage but you have no skills and experience to execute the idea. Yes, it can happen even with those who have abundant financial resources. They know how to start a business but lack experience. Having no skills or experience could be a low point while starting out and seeking clients, but don’t worry. You can still be in business. 

We have a 5-step process for you that can help you acquire skills and experience with time and patience. You might be unsure how to seek experience or resources to start, but we will help you here. You can transform from a person who doesn’t have any skills or experience to a confident, skilled, and experienced entrepreneur. Let us start. 

1. Figure out the various opportunities you can pursue 

Here, you do not have to simply go through the businesses available in the industry. Instead, you have to think of what you want from a business – freedom, money, space, time, profit, abundance, name and fame, etc. For instance, if you want to create and enjoy freedom, you can choose freelancing. If you want to earn profit, you can go for a full-fledged automobile repair business.

2. Research the skills that you will require to tap an opportunity

Once you have figured out the opportunity, it is essential to know the requisite skills. The internet is a great resource to know which skills you will need to start a business. For instance, if you type ‘how to become a content creator,’ it will display a list of various skills such as writing, recording, documenting, research, and curation. Each opportunity has a varied set of skills, and they are in you. Some skills need to be learned externally, and you can do it easily. 

Another way to know and research more about skills is to find people who have been in the specific business for years. They have the necessary skills; they have the experience and knowledge, and they act as your role models. You can ask them about the skills they have. It could be anything from public speaking, negotiation, or even marketing. 

3. Plan out how to learn the requisite skills

The next step after listing out the skills you need is to learn them. Yes, you have to learn them in real life, and not just pretend that you have them. It could be overwhelming if you haven’t learned anything new in recent days, but you can overcome the nervousness. 

Age is a number, and we are all learners throughout life. The only difference is some skills are learned in classrooms while others are taught to us by life. So, get rid of the I-am-too-old-to-learn syndrome or I-know-everything mindset. You can learn at any age, no matter what your previous profession has been. 

With the right mindset and attitude, let us know the ways of learning a new skill: 

  • Online course – In this pandemic age, the online medium could be the best way to learn skills in the least time. You can sign up for eLearning platforms or complete a diploma or degree from a university. 
  • Community college – Some courses cannot be learned online. For example, if you want to learn baking or auto repair, it is always better to visit an institution. You can sign up for community college courses or do a degree from a reputed college. It might sound silly to go back to school, but if you are excited enough, you will surely do it. 
  • Seek a mentor – Sometimes, a course or a certificate is just a piece- of paper. Sometimes, you need to learn hard-core business lessons from an expert. If you have the knowledge but lack confidence and skills, you can learn from a mentor you know in your network circles. Not all mentors can give you advice and suggestions, but some will do for nominal charges or out of interest. 

Planning out the next learning process is essential to seek a direction where you are going. It also helps in figuring out the next step. 

4. Plan out time and resources to learn the skills

Not everyone has the liberty to attend college or spend on courses. But you have to find means to learn the requisite skills. You can do this by planning out properly your time and funds. 

  • Cut down your expenses – As you know your priorities, you will have to cut down expenses on unnecessary or lavish stuff you don’t even need. Instead, you have to divert it to your learning account. 
  • Make time – Stop saying ‘I don’t have time’ and find time in your schedule. You don’t have to binge-watch Netflix; instead, you can spend those precious three hours learning the skill that you need. 

5. Find out ways to seek experience

Now, you have the desired skills; your next task is to gain experience. There are three ways to do the same: 

  • You can do some example work for your friends or acquaintances and add them to your portfolio. For instance, if you have painted houses for a relative of yours, ask them to review your work on social media. It will become your example work even if you have charged minimally for the work done. 
  • Do free assignments for your clients. We do not tell you to undermine your capabilities, but you can seek first-hand experience by providing free work in the initial days. But let them review your work and share it in their network. 
  • Keep sharing your creations – Whatever you do, groom pets or write articles or design a website, share your excellent work on social media channels. This is the best way to let the world know that you are into business. 
  • Take up public projects – There are plenty of projects available on websites for first-time business owners. You can bid on them and accept them at nominal charges for some good experience. 

We hope this blog is sufficient to convince yourself that you can start a business after learning skills and seeking some experience gradually.