Have You Got What It Takes to Start Your Own Business?

Sick of the daily grind? Boss starting to get on your nerves? Well, have you ever considered working for yourself?

It may not be as easy as it sounds, but every year thousands of people make the break and start-up their own business.

Whether it’s because you’re fed up with your job or just because you have a great idea that you think will make money; there are many reasons that people decide to work for themselves.
Here are a few things to consider of you are considering taking the plunge and going it alone.

Come up With a Good Idea

In order for any business to succeed it’s vital that you can come up with a service or product that will work. Don’t start a business purely on a whim – just because you can cook, it doesn’t mean you can run a successful restaurant. Make sure what you intend to offer is viable and will attract enough business to make it worthwhile; otherwise the venture is doomed from the start.

Do Your Research

Before going any further you’ll need to do plenty of homework. This is where you’ll get the chance to examine the current market, any potential gaps in that market and any competition who are currently offering a similar service. Don’t leave any stone unturned, as results of your research could ultimately affect your decision – better to realise the idea is not financially viable now than further down the track.

Make Sure You Register Your Idea

This is a vital stage in creating your own company. You don’t want to come up with a great idea; only to find that someone else has beaten you to it. Once you establish that your idea is unique, discretion is the key. You then need to look into a patent for your business or copyrighting the idea before someone else does.

Create a Business Plan

Every successful business starts with a plan. This needs to clearly show the results of your customer research and explain how you can turn your idea into viable business. You will need to present your business plan to any bank or lender who you approach for possible funding. The plan is not just for the banks and lenders; it’s your statement of intent and can be used to lure potential employers and partners that may help you with this challenging process.

Look for Financing

Firstly talk to your own bank if you’ve had a good relationship with them in the past. Ask about what kind of business start-up loans they offer and how they can benefit your business. By using a bank you already know, they will have easy access to your financial records and will be more confident in investing with you. If the bank cannot help or the loans will not be enough, look into local investors. There may be a local entrepreneur or wealthy individual who would have a vested interest in seeing you succeed. Acquiring the services of a financial expert or accountant is also advisable at this early stage.

Secure a Location

Whether it’s working from home or a case or acquiring a shop or office; you’ll need somewhere to house your new business. Working from home will certainly help keep costs down, but this isn’t always possible. Remember, your premises will say a lot about your business from the very start. Working out of a dilapidated workshop or back street garage may be a turn-off for customers and investors alike. You will also need to make sure that whatever premises you decide to use have the correct legal coding to house such a business.

Be Prepared for Setbacks

Without wanting to sound negative, very few businesses get through their early stages without setbacks and disappointments. The best thing you can do is be as prepared as possible. This includes making sure you have the correct insurance and having funds to cover those unexpected bills and costs that are bound to crop up. Dealing with disappointment is a huge part of running your own company – if you don’t deal with knocks well; you should ask yourself if the venture is right for you.

Get on With It

Advice is always valuable for anyone venturing into the world of self-employment. But if you spend all day worrying about things and looking for potential hurdles; you’ll never get anything done. Follow your instincts and go for it. It’s the only way you’ll find out if your business will be a success or not.

Matthew Crist is an experienced content and copywriter on behalf of oxford-management, who provides training seminars.

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