by Ed Yourdon
Start Your New Business
If you’re thinking about starting up your own business there is plenty to consider before you take the plunge. Can you afford it; will you need employees, work space, a loan? If answering these questions doesn’t turn you into a quivering wreck then you may be well on your way to starting your own successful small company.
The first thing to consider when starting out is what you want your actual business to be. It’s a good idea to try and utilise your existing skills and set up something you have a passion about, there is simply no point in opening an ice cream parlour if you hate ice cream. Once you’ve found your ideal product or service it’s time to do some research to be sure you are putting your new business on the right path from the start.
The first thing you should do is check out who your potential clients might be, and ask around to see if they need and want your service. It’s also a good idea to look into rival companies to see what areas you think they could improve on, so you can add this to your business plan. Once you have a good idea that there is a gap in the market for your business you should start by consulting a new business advisor so they can give you some practical advice with the next important steps. A good business advisor should be able to help you with your company’s financial projections for the first few years so you can get an idea of how much your start up will cost in the coming weeks and months. Most small companies have a tough time during there first few years of business so it pays to make sure you have enough money to sustain yourself, your business, and your family, during this time.
Providing your business is relatively small it’s a good idea to work from home as much as you can to begin with. Working from home will mean you won’t have to fork out for any extra bills or travel costs so you can plough everything you have into making your business a financial success. It’s a good idea to convert a spare room or a quiet area into your own office space, and furnish it so you feel comfortable working there everyday. It’s also a good idea to invest in some office equipment such as a computer, printer and asmall business franking machine so you can do a lot of the work at home and won’t have the added hassle of sourcing materials when you should be working.
Once you and your business are set up and running smoothly it’s now time to start attracting your first clients. Some clever marketing and plenty of hard work will ensure you’ll be right on track, ready to grow your new business into something special.