Hello everyone, I joined this forum because I am interested to learn how others have started their businesses and, furthermore, how they keep them going. I am always grateful for any hints and tips. I started my own enterprise about 18 months ago. In the beginning it only moved slowly as people didn't know me or my services. So, I started offering my services at very affordable rates. Soon the word spread and I made a good name for myself. Gradually, over the months, more and more potential clients began to contact me. And after a year I needed to hire a secretary to handle all the administration work. I have twice raised my prices since I started this business, and my customers are happy to pay those rates. I would like to expand my business all over the country, and later perhaps continent-wide. I'm here to hear about your experiences and learn from your success stories.