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Starting a Business

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 5 Jul 2012 | comments*Discuss
Starting A Business

Starting a business and being your own boss is a dream for many people. If you are thinking about giving up the daily grind and taking the next step then you need determination, commitment and perseverance. It won’t be easy and you will face many setbacks but knowing how to get started will you put you on the right road.

Can Your Idea Work?

Having a business is all about having a good idea. It might be a unique solution for a common problem or a tried and tested formula that you think you can add a successful twist to. Whatever your idea is you need to find out if there is a market for it. Do your research, find out what is out there, what people want and how much they are willing to pay. Knowing your facts and understanding your competition will stop your falling at the first hurdle.

Write a Business Plan

The most important thing that you need to do when you are setting up a new business is to write a good business plan. This will outline what you intend to do, how much it will cost and what profits you expect to make. It will take a lot of research to write but you need to out the work in to make sure that your figures are realistic. It is your business plan that possible investors will look at to decide if want to part with their money so it needs to be convincing.

Get Investment

Some business ideas will only need a small amount of money to get started while others will need a bigger investment. If possible, the best thing to do is use your own funds as then you won’t be in any debt. After that, try approaching family and friends and see if they are willing to invest. If you have exhausted these measures then the next stop will be your bank manager. This is where your business plan will come into play as you will need to prove that you know what you are doing.

Ask The Experts

Whenever you start out in business the best thing you can do is have a mentor. By learning from people that have already been there and done it you will gain insider knowledge. If you don’t know anyone in business there are lots of places to go for advice. Your bank will have business advisors and there are many local and government agencies that provide you with guidance. Setting up in business can be a lonely and difficult time and the more people you can have to help you get through it the higher the chance of success will be.

Owning a business can be an exciting and life changing experience but it can also be a lot of hard work, very lonely and confusing. Learn as much about your potential business as possible, do your research and write a detailed and convincing business plan. Then look for investment. If you don’t have your own savings, then ask friends and family before talking to you bank. Finally, learn from the experts, be determined and know you are in a long and rocky road.

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