6 Essential Steps To Building A Successful Business
If you find your job unfulfilling or you were made redundant then, starting your own business maybe a viable option for you. I must warn you that starting up and running a successful company is not easy and it will take a lot of work. However, there are many benefits. If you do decide to go down this road it is important that you take the right steps in the beginning. These steps are as follows:
Do your research. Being good at something is a bonus however, if there is not a market of buyers for what you offer you will be disappointed. Therefore, you need to thoroughly research your market to ensure it is large enough and has plenty of buyers for your product or service. If you find there is no market, do not give up. Identify a particular problem that people have and develop a service or product that provides a solution to that problem.
The next step is to have everything written down on paper in the form of a business plan. The business plan includes the aims and objectives of your business and how these will be achieved. It will also include your target market, customer profiles and financial forecasts and budgets.
You will need the assistance of certain expert services that will help to get your new business off the ground. They need to be people who you can trust and work with. These should include the bank to service youre financing and also a good accountant who can do the books. You may also need the assistance of a business advisor to help with business and marketing decisions.
By running your own businesses you will become responsible for your own accounting and tax returns. Therefore, you will need to register your business with the appropriate government department.
Many new businesses fail in the first year because they run out of cash. Make sure you budget accurately and set aside enough cash flow and capital to keep you going until you at least break even. Generally you should have enough capital reserves to keep you going for 6 months. This will need to be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure your sales and revenues are on target.
When your business is up and running the most important thing you need to monitor is your cash flow. You need to keep an accurate record of your expenses and income. Create a budget to identify how much you need to earn to stay out of debt.
by: Seamus Deere