If you ever wanted to start your own business but wasn’t sure where to start, or what you need, then this article is your first step. Here we have Shahenda Shawki founder of Smack That Scrub to tell you 5 things you need to know if you want to own your own business.

If I want to grow my business, what resources or tools I need to have?

So it all starts with persistence, hard work, motivation, and support. For me, these are the most important resources for anyone to start their business. Having the right people around you is extremely important, they should be your source of motivation, the fuel that drives you forward.

What tools help you run your growing business every day?

Social media is the main tool I use to grow my business every day, especially Instagram which is the most suitable platform for my target group. Also, you have to know how to build up an identity for your brand. Branding is a very important tool that makes people relate to your brand and get interested in the product or service you’re offering.

Now that you’ve been doing this for a while now, what do you wish you didn’t do starting out or do you wish you did differently?

I don’t think I would have done anything differently. Every mistake or bump I’ve been through since I started this business has added to the experience and led to where it is today. Without these mistakes, I would not have learned or developed the brand the way I did over the past year.

Do I need to have a 5-year plan for my business, or what do I need to ensure my business keeps growing?

I don’t need a 5-year plan for my business. I just need to have a vision for my business, a target I want to reach. And every step I take brings me closer to this target. I just let every phase take its time, and allow it the space it needs to grow.