Entrepreneurship, at its heart, is all about momentum. It’s about taking a single idea, developing it into a business plan, and putting together a team that will change an industry with your product.
When you’re in the midst of a wave of inspiration, the last thing you need is to waste time finding the right programs, apps and people to help you achieve your goals. As an entrepreneur, I know how important it is to streamline tasks in order to get things done, quickly. There are a couple of free, easy-to-use programs within OneDrive that will get you through the initial stages of starting your business much easier and faster. Business momentum, after all, is the key to the success of your company.
OneDrive Can Be Your Most Valuable Business Tool
I became more intrigued by OneDrive once I heard business momentum guru Alex Charfen discuss it on Mike Dillard’s Self Made Man podcast. Charfen believes that every human being has amazing abilities, but these abilities will only be advantageous when we have a network of protection and support.
Protection can come in many forms, such as family or friends or even financial freedom. Support, on the other hand, is usually in the form of a business team and the programs you use to create and maintain momentum. One of the latter is OneDrive, which can be a very integral part of your support mechanism.
What Is OneDrive?
OneDrive is an online Windows application that allows you to create multiple document types and share them instantly. Once you register with the application, you have access to 14 business-oriented programs, including PowerPoint, Excel, Office, Word, Tasks and Calendar.
All of these are incredibly useful to entrepreneurs because they help you organize your thoughts, present clear and effective goals and plans to potential partners, and even keep track of business expenses.
Every file that you create in OneDrive saves automatically to the cloud, as well as to your hard drive (assuming you have the right settings). You’ll never lose any of your work even if something happens to your computer because you can log into your account from any other device and recover everything. You can also share any file directly with other people using a link or an automated email.
My Favorite OneDrive Momentum-Building Apps
For me, Word is the go-to OneDrive application for any new ideas and development. I make time every week to sit down in front of Word without any distractions, and just write. It’s a chance for me to focus on making my products and system better, and map out plans for the future of MOBE. Word is perfect both for mind-mapping as well as creating professional business letters and proposals.
Next, I like to use the OneDrive Calendar to keep all my appointments, events and dates in order. It’s a great program that surpasses most other digital calendars because it’s easy to set up and equipped with alarms and notifications that incorporate themselves into your workspace so you’ll never miss something important.
To create engaging image and text-based proposals, OneDrive features PowerPoint. If you aren’t already familiar with this program, it lets you easily put together a slide-show to present ideas, plans and proposals that can be shared with anyone. Looking for something a little sleeker? Try out Sway, which allows you to choose layouts, upload videos, photos, text, music and other types of files, and share the video presentation via URL.
Lowering the Pressure and Noise of Business Creation
As I mentioned before, entrepreneurship is all about momentum. And while programs like OneDrive may significantly help streamline tasks, there are other factors that affect an entrepreneur’s momentum. Even with great resources of protection and support, Alex Charfen says that entrepreneurs can still get bogged down by stress—or what he refers to as “pressure and noise.”
“Every [theological] text, every successful entrepreneur in history has said the following: lower pressure and noise. Take care of yourself. Spend time with the right people.”
If you’re struggling to tune out the static, try some stress-beating techniques that can help you focus on the tasks at hand.
Create Business Momentum on Your Own
The most significant moment in the creation of your business is the second the idea solidifies in your mind. From that moment onward, focus on creating momentum from the idea straight into formation, development, production and sales.
Many entrepreneurs develop their business ideas for the sake of creativity and self-fulfillment, but others are motivated to create momentum for the sake of making money. If you are one of the latter, don’t feel bad. Charfen believes—and I do, too—that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with finding motivation in money: “For those of you with money as the driver—that’s okay!”
Whatever motivates you and gives your business momentum is great because it forces you to follow through and achieve your goals. If you have the right protection and support, the right plans and goals, and tools to help you achieve them (OneDrive, PowerPoint, Sway, Word, etc.), you are in great shape to become the next great entrepreneurial success story. Momentum is the key to turning your idea into $1 million.