How To Start A Company Without Any Business Skills

5 tips to start a company without any business skills
5 tips to start a company without any business skills

Thousands of successful entrepreneurs started their businesses without any business skills. While they met some roadblocks and failures on the way, some eventually found success.

The people who found success clearly had luck on their side. However, it is more likely that they just knew what they needed to get the best from their business. For example, if you will be taking subscription payments from your customers then you will probably need a subscription management system put in place to make sure that your business thrives. It will all depend on what your business requires so make sure you do research before starting your new business. It might also be a good idea to start a business blog to help make your business more successful. If this is something that interests then it might be a good idea to check out something like this linux web hosting provider to help get you started on your business blog.

Starting a business without any business skills is a widely forbidden move. Every institution and 90% of individuals speak largely against it. While starting a business with no prior experience in the field you’re venturing into has led to the failures of so many small businesses, a few other entrepreneurs who started their businesses without any business skills have recorded success.

How did these few entrepreneurs do it? What steps did they take? What exactly did they pay attention to? And how did they run a successful company without any business skills?

From the success stories of successful entrepreneurs who built a million dollar (and billion dollar) business without any business skills, 5 key attributes stand out!

See Also: 5 Warning Signs For You To Immediately Stop A Business Expansion


Here Are 5 Tips To Start A Company Without Any Business Skills:


1). Have A Co-Founder With Complimentary Skills & Some Business Experience:

Starting a business in a field you have absolutely no knowledge about will most likely lead to failure. This is the core reason people are usually asked to work in a particular field of interest before they start up a business of their own.

If you’re starting up a business without any prior experience in that industry, it’s important you get a co-founder that has both complimentary skills and some experience in the field.

Starting this way ensures there’s someone in the business who knows what he/she is doing, and that you can learn faster about how to run a business in that industry from the person’s operations.

Starting out without an experienced co-founder, would almost likely lead to failure.


2). Read, Watch, & Listen:

When you have no business skills, it’s important you spend a lot of time reading business books, listening to experienced entrepreneurs talk, and watching what other successful competing businesses are doing.

Reading saves you years of trials and errors. The knowledge acquired takes you straight into what works, and lets you know what doesn’t.

By reading, you’ll understand how to better approach the market, how to treat your customers, how to improve your services, and how to market your products right.

While studying, you could attend various business management trainings. Some business classes you should pay attention to are leadership training programs, presentation skills trainingcustomer service trainingnegotiation skills trainingmanagement training, sales trainingcommunication training, and a host of other skill acquisition trainings vital to your success as an entrepreneur.

When you have no business experience, reading will help you acquire knowledge fast.

See Also: The 5 Top Business Books To Read Before And After Starting Your Business


3). Build A Network:

When you start a company as a novice, you must endeavour to attend several relevant networking events in your industry, hangout with like-minded entrepreneurs, look up to successful entrepreneurs in your field, and more.

If you’re into tech, you should look out for networking events. An example in Nigeria are events hosted by TechCabal. Fashion focused startups can lookout for fashion events, so they can meet other fashion entrepreneurs, and learn from them. Another popular event done in almost every country in the world once a year, is the Social Media Week. Here, like minds gather to talk about various subjects ranging from social media, to marketing, tech, fashion, and a host of other insightful subjects.

By building a strong network, you’d learn faster from similar entrepreneurs, increase your chances of building a better performing business than you would have, and have an increased exposure to potential investors.


4). Get A Business Coach:

Business coaches are perfect fits for entrepreneurs who have little to know experience. Although some business coaches also work with successful entrepreneurs, inexperienced entrepreneurs are the most popular fits for their services.

By getting a business coach, you’ll learn how to run your business faster. This is especially useful because part of the ways you can get coached is by studying someone who has been successful at it.

When searching for a business coach, you need to lookout for someone who has experience, the right attitude, expertise in their field, is willing to share their knowledge, is accessible, has connections, has high expectations, and enjoys teaching.

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5). Or Just Buy Out A Successful Existing Business:

Sometimes, the best way to get into a specific industry is to just buy out a successful company. This option is mostly available for only those who have a lot of finance (maybe a large inheritance or a huge fund).

Buying out a successful company saves you the trouble of trying to claim some market share. It makes you start out with a strong client base and already existing revenue model in place.

When you buy out a company, what you literally do is to acquire the company’s assets, customer base, employees, debts, and more. After the acquisition, you could have the existing management continue running the business, or you could step in yourself.

With little to no experience in that industry, you could let the management remain in control of the day to day operations, while you try to fully understand the way the industry works.


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Stan Edom
Stan Edom
I'm an entrepreneur with an expertise in supply chain management, small business development, e-commerce, internet startups, and agriculture. In my spare time, I'm always trying to solve problems people face in their everyday lives with tech.

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  1. Well this is a very good one. But all these ideas still do not have directions. As a new graduate, I have little connections and Nigeria has limitations in terms of networking programs. Especially if you’re not in Lagos. The questions are, how will you get a business coach, how will you get a networking event… I intend to venture in building supplies as I have interest in it. It related to my field also. I hope we can be cleared in that area. Thank you

    • Hi Tunji,

      Thanks for the questions and concerns. The best way to answer your questions is to write a series of articles on each one. It all can’t be answered here.

      Lookout for newer blog posts in the coming days and weeks, and your answers are sure to get answered in detail.

      Thank you for asking.

    • Hello Tunji,
      I am a business start up mentor/ coach here in Abuja. We can also introduce you to various business networking events outside Lagos that can really add value to your start up endeavor.
      You may contact me on 08182457185.for further discussion

  2. Tnxx for sharing your ideas, they are wonderful…
    But getting someone who’s willing to open heartedly coach is a bit difficult in dis time and age. Also, I don’t think buying a business which u have no knowledge about is a good idea cos it can be taking advantage of by the trustee

    • Hi Judith

      Thanks for the commendation.

      I’ll cover the issue of the business coach in another article later this week.

      Concerning buying a business, there’re several measures that can be put in place. I’ll also cover an article on that sometime in the future.

      Thank you for asking.

    • Hello Judith.
      I am a business start up mentor/ coach here in Abuja. We can also introduce you to various business networking events outside Lagos that can really add value to your start up endeavor.
      You may contact me on 08182457185.for further discussion.

    • Thank you Nerry for the commendation.

      I’m glad you follow the blog daily.

      I look forward to more engagements from you on the blog.

      Have a great time!

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