In this world there are leaders and followers. An entrepreneur is definitely a leader. They assume the risk of starting and operating a
business in order to fulfill a dream and become financially independent. However starting a small business is no easy task, in fact you’ll probably be working harder than ever before. Starting a small business requires much dedication, commitment, financial investment and preparation.
Are you ready to begin your small business journey? Do you have what it takes? Confidence, determination, motivation, and persistence are several characteristics of an entrepreneur. Below you will find steps to starting a business to guide you along your journey; just keep in mind that all businesses are different so feel free to adjust the steps to meet the needs or your business.
Starting a Business Steps
Get prepared with Helpful Advice– Should you quit your job? What you should know to help prepare you for starting a business.
Brainstorm a great Small Business Idea – What do you love doing? Is there a need that is not being met in your community? Conduct Market Research. When you discover a business idea that you are both enthusiastic about and there’s a demand for, you have found your perfect business niche. See our list of business ideas
Choose your form of business ownership– In this step you will decide which form of business ownership is best for your business. You can choose from sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited partnership, corporations, and limited liability company.
Naming a New Business– When starting a business you want a business name that will be a positive reflection on your business. Once you have chosen a business name you will have to register the name with the state.
Getting necessary license and permits– Every business needs a business license or permit to operate.
Define your Target Market– Who is your targeted customer?
Branding a Business– The way you present your business can be very influential to customers.
Develop a Business Plan – Not being prepared can prove to be disastrous for your small business. A business plan will not only help you plan all aspects of your business but will also help you when you search for funding.
Raising Capital for your business -One major reason why small businesses fail is because the owner lacked necessary funds. Raising capital to fund business expenses is essential. Learn about different methods of raising capital. Also read about getting a business loan.
Location, Location, Location! – Many will say location is the most important aspect of starting a business. A good location can attract a large number of walk-by traffic while a bad location can hide you away from potential customers.
Getting Business Supplies and Equipment– Whether you sell products or services you will need supplies and equipment to get your business rolling.
Small business Insurance– What different types of business insurance are there? How do you know what to choose? I will go over the various types of small business insurance.