There’s never been a better time to start your own business. The economy, with all of its ups and downs, is actually a great environment for entrepreneurs. But it takes more than a great idea – and a will – to start a successful business. Many people will start a business, and then quickly end it. That’s because they didn’t have the right tools and knowledge to start their business outright.
It Begins With An Idea
The beginnings of any great business start with a good idea. If you have an idea that you think is marketable, create a few samples and then form a focus group. Gather friends, family, and even strangers together to give you feedback about your product. You’ll gain valuable insight into changes that can be made and improvement to make. You’ll also discover if this product is indeed marketable. Based on the reactions from your focus group, you’ll have a better understanding of how the general public will react.
Get The Funding
No business will go far with the money behind it. You’ll need to get some funding in order to get started on the right foot. There are many options when it comes to funding. Some choices include:
- Banks and small business loans
- Government grants
- Dipping into your life’s savings
- Getting investors
Don’t feel like you are limited to simply saving all the money you need for the first year of business and a traditional small business loan. There are many funding options available. There are many funding options available. Factoring is another option to increase cash flow that all start-ups should learn more about.
Hire The Right People
Once you’ve got the idea nailed down and you have some money in place, the next step is to start hiring. When you start your own company, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of hiring friends and family. This is a natural instinct because you want to surround yourself with people you know. However, just hiring friends and family is not always the smartest move to make.
When it’s time to hire, consider:
- What are your long-term goals? Think about what you want to accomplish in one year, five years, and ten years down the road. You’ll need good, loyal people behind you to accomplish your long-term goals.
- What are your short-term goals? Similar to the long-term goals, you need to consider immediate goals. Is your immediate goal to get the word out about your product? If so, hiring a marketing team should be high on your hiring list. Is your short-term goal to produce more product? If this is the case, you’ll need a production manager and team. Consider what’s most important to you now and then hire in that order.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses? In the beginning, you’ll do a lot of the work in the business yourself. When you hire for other positions, consider your own strengths and weaknesses? Are you creative, but terrible with numbers? You may want to hire an accountant first and do the marketing on your own for a little while.
Make Sure The Paperwork Is Complete
Before getting too far into your new business and spending a lot of money, make sure all of your paperwork is complete. Some of the paperwork you’ll need:
- A business license – in the city and state where you operate your business.
- Any patents or trademarks.
- Tax documentation.
- A contract, non-compete agreements, and other employee documents.
You may want to hire a small business lawyer to help ensure that you have completed all of the paperwork you need. Taking this step now will save you a lot of time – and trouble – later on down the road.
In the end, most people agree that owning their own business is better than working a traditional job. There are drawbacks, of course, and a lot of hard work, but with the right determination and a good plan in place you will likely find success.