It’s time to take the leap, entrepreneurship beckons!

Start your own business with BookingBugHappy New Year from the team here at BookingBug HQ!

So what’s your New Year’s resolution? Exercise more, drink less, spend more time with loved ones, cut out the carbs? Or, is 2013 the year you’re finally going to make that leap into entrepreneurship and start your own business?

If the answer is yes (to the last one at least..) then great – you’ve already done the hardest bit – making the exciting decision to finally do it.

So now let BookingBug help…

If you’re planning to start a service business (whether that be beauty, fitness, plumbing, tutoring, a B&B, bicycle repairs – or anything in between) two of the biggest challenges you will face in the early months are keeping costs down, and minimising the admin to ensure you can focus as much time as possible doing what you enjoy – the main reason you decided to go it alone in the first place, right?

Tools such as BookingBug can help support you on both these fronts. For example, an online booking system can remove the need to hire extra admin support by letting your customers or clients view availability and schedule their own appointments. Automated email and SMS confirmations and reminders can remove lots of manual admin, and online payments can be a godsend when it comes to minimising no-shows.

Looking at the bigger picture customer acquisition and retention are key in the early months and beyond. BookingBug’s add-on marketing tools can help you develop and manage your online and mobile marketing campaigns while our clever analysis tools can help you review your booking, client and business data to get a detailed feel for how your business is performing. Not to mention how a customised booking widget with slick user experience can help give your website a professional looking edge of course.

And it’s been built for your business. BookingBug has been developed from the ground-up to be light, flexible and simple to manage. Which means it is very reasonably priced for new businesses just starting out (from just $19.95 / £14.95 per month), easy to set-up and get to grips with, and built to scale with you as you business grows.

So happy New Year – start as you mean to go on and sign-up for a free BookingBug trial today!

One final thing – there’s lots of great advice out there on going it alone so first things first, do your research. To get you started, we like the broad range of helpful articles on Entrepreneur.com, this handy start-up guide from Sage and this round-up of tips from BBC Business… Let us know what other useful resources you come across out there and we’ll share them with the BookingBug community.