Starting a company, whether online, brick-and-mortar or one that serves both markets is a long, complicated process. But your micro-business is only as good as your readiness and approach towards the challenges it presents. So what are the basics you shouldn’t miss out on to ensure your startup kicks off on the right foot?
1. Do Research
When mulling over the idea of launching a new company, it is critical to understand the commitment that comes with it. The aim is to understand every aspect of the industry you join so that you can rise above your counterparts. Find out about your competitors no matter how unique you feel your idea is; just because you have thought of a brilliant idea doesn’t mean no one else has considered the same.
A rule of thumb is; if you find you cannot offer something better, exceptional or cheaper than your business counterparts then you may want to reconsider the thought of starting a business in the area. Another factor you should consider is your target group, which is more or less the driving force for every decision you make. Remember it is only through consumers that you can earn profits. Make sure the clients are in need of the service or product you plan to sell?
2. Handle the legal aspects
The savvy entrepreneur knows that the first step to starting any business is choosing a legal structure. If you’re after flexibility, then go for a limited liability company (LLC). Plus, it protects its founders from personal liability.
Your structure determines your paperwork, taxes, staffing, owner liability as well as other legal aspects keeping in mind you’ll also need business insurance. Do not also forget you should acquire proper government registration to get your new company up and running.
3. Map your business’ finances
Often, young entrepreneurs get caught up between “excellent ideas and no capital to implement them.” Any business requires some capital to get underway, which you may not have right away. It is no wonder you are advised to seek capital.
Inadequate capital may get you started only to lead you into problems soon after launching your enterprise. And with the many options present for budding company owners, you don’t want to struggle alone. Think of everyone; from friends and family to venture capitalists and angel investors. In case these options don’t reach the required amount, then consider acquiring a micro-business loan with banks or online lenders.
If possible start off with desirable credit considering your ratings will drop once you start running operations. You are likely to get into massive debts starting out, yet you also have to finance your personal life. And the best you can do with bad credit is; borrow less at sky-high interest rates. But good credit will allow you borrow more money – even up to the amount you need.
When mapping your business finances, look into factors like payroll, taxes as well as all other fees that apply. These business basics will make sure you set off smoothly and start enjoying the fruits of your effort as soon as possible.