So much goes into starting your own business. It starts with an idea and snowballs into several tasks you never thought you’d even be doing. The key to staying sane during this process is research and planning. Going into a business that you know nothing about probably isn’t the best start. There are so many resources out there for entrepreneurs and people who are considering starting their own business that there is no need to go into it blindly.
Throughout the whole process of starting your business it is always good to ask advice. Ask people who are already in the market that you would like to enter and ask people who do the job tasks that you will need to do if you start your own business. Even if you chose not to follow their advice, it is always good to get a different point of view for something that is so important.
First Step – Research and Planning
The first step is to have an idea of what you would like to do. Research this idea by finding out what it would entail, what the market is like for your idea, what do you need to know to be able to be successful with your idea. Figure out how much money it will take to start your business, if you need a loan, where to find your loan, etc. What would your daily activities be for your business? Will you need outside help to conduct them? Where will this business be run? Will any further permits be needed for the location? What will the name of your business be? Have you researched the name to make sure it is available and not copyrighted by someone else? – All of these questions should be assessed before starting your business- this is your planning stage.
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Second Step – Implement
The second step is to start your business. Everything that was researched and planned for will now be put into play. This is when you obtain your tax id number, any necessary permits will be applied for, location will be finalized, company name will be finalized, you will purchase your website name (if applicable), any applicable insurance will be purchases, you will start on your company brand with a logo, signage, business cards, etc.
Last Step – Grow
The next step once your business is up and running is to start on it’s growing process. Now is the time to find more clients, market your services/product and bring in more business. This is also the time when hiring more employees might come into play. You might already have a website at this point, but now is the time to make sure that it fits your company brand and is easily searchable under the keywords that target your audience. You should assess your company image and make sure it looks professional. It is important to brand your company and image and portray a professional business image, which includes having a company email addresses phone number other than a home address/phone number. If you didn’t have a marketing plan before, now is the time to get one. Referencing back to your business plan is a good way to start your marketing plan to make sure you are targeting the right audience for your business.
The step of “growing” is a never ending one. You should always be assessing your company, finding out how to better your services and or product. Staying up with the latest news and trends in your field is important. Making sure you have the technology needed to continue to have your business grow is an important part in the growing process.
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