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The Beginner’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business

By Business Desk

Friday, November 22, 2019.

Starting your own business is one of the most empowering ventures anyone can take for themselves, but rushing too quickly into the opportunity will leave you out in the cold. Most new businesses will fail within the first two years. If you don’t want your own business to suffer the same fate then careful planning is essential. 

You deserve to succeed. You deserve to build a legacy you can pass on to your children and their children if you so desire. Before you get there, however, you will need to read this guide and prepare for launch: 

Have a Selling Business Idea 

It is rare to have a selling business idea. Such an idea taps into an underdeveloped market, or even disrupts a current market in ways no one expected. It is something that everyone you talk to sees the value in right off the bat. Taking the time to develop such a business idea is key because it is the first step to creating a successful business. 

Conduct Competitor Research 

To flesh out your business idea, you are going to want to see it in practice. Find your competitors and analyze them. Find reports, if possible request information, and study their accounts and strategies. It is from them that you can learn what works and even how to manage your business better. 

Create a Business Plan 

Competitor (and demographic) research is key to creating a solid business plan that can actually follow through. You can make your own personal business plan as large or as detailed as you want to keep you inspired, but it is important to remember that short business plans are the norm. This is because short business plans can be adapted and still stay true. 

They are also much preferable if you are seeking out funding or business opportunities. 

Source Startup Capital 

There are many avenues that you can take to acquire the startup capital. You could look for grants to help you open your business, or even find small business loans online. Knowing your options will help you choose what is right for you. Diversifying where you get your funding from can also be beneficial. Personal funds, a small grant, and a small business loan combined can give you everything you need to launch, and still diminish your overall debt and repayments. 

Set Up Your Business 

Once you have your plan and your funding, it’s time to put everything into place. It takes time to set up the physical (and digital) components of a business and that’s okay. The only thing you need to worry about is how far and how long your funding will take you. You will need to set up your business with the government, set up your accounting, your website, your internal systems, and your store. The longer things take the more they will cost, so a good piece of advice is to keep things simple to start, and to make sure they work. 

The Beginner’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business

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