10 things I know about ... starting a business from scratch

BY Joy Rachelle Murrieta


Murrieta is the co-founder and executive director of nonprofit Main IDEA Youth & Arts and community outreach coordinator for the Worcester Music Academy. Reach her at 

You know that one thing your community doesn't have, that you can't help but notice and get annoyed with? That's your foothold for entrepreneurship.

It's easy to complain about something that's not getting done, but it takes an entrepreneur to initiate taking the time to creative-problem solve.

Start making a list of actions each person can do, and what you can do collectively, and hold each other accountable. Create a timeline; some projects take weeks, others years. Create short term and long-term goals.

As your ideas build off of each other, remember what your main goal is. Create a mission statement to keep you centered.

Assign roles and/or jurisdiction for different parts of the project to keep your team from stepping on each others' toes. Make sure someone is in charge of administration.

How do you want your work to be known? Put the idea into a name and logo, and stick to it whenever communicating your project.

It's easy to get carried away when you're excited and there's a lot of work to do, but remember you're human, not a robot, and consequently need things like rest and sleep and food and play.

Perhaps circumstances change to cause you to need to adapt to a different reality than when you first started.

So this has never been done in your community before, and you've never started something out of nothing. Yeah, well, so goes the story of every entrepreneur who's ever started out.

It takes a lot of self-assurance and confidence to be an entrepreneur. It is not for the faint of heart!