Growing up everyone had a dream — of becoming something big. For some, it was to become a teacher, a doctor or pilot and so on and so forth. The list is endless.
Some of our goals end up changing over time while some take a lot more effort and time to mature. At the given moment, the goal we would like to discuss and hope for you to put your focus on is about fulfilling one dream in particular — the ‘starting my own business’ dream.
The competition in contemporary business has gotten pretty intense. There are millions of companies on a rampage to improve their businesses and be placed on the pedestal of success for years to come.
If you start up your own business it won’t be a walk in the park for you to become successful — until and unless you do things right!
Why Thoroughly Plan a Startup
The United States has a large number of entrepreneurs. According to research, the US has more than 10 million entrepreneurs, who kick started their own business and now have the luxury of being their own boss.
According to US Bureau of Statistics, the percentage of new jobs created by new businesses, over the past few decades, has been on a consistent decline.
As depicted in the graph below, only 3 million new jobs were created in 2015, as against 4.1 Million in 1994.
Keeping that information in mind, you should be aware that these people will be your competitors in the business industry. Why? Because they have been maintaining and evolving their businesses for years and some even for decades. It’s not easy to catch up on that level quick.
But it’s not impossible either if you’re smart and devoted to your dream of being the boss of your own company someday. Just like trying to reach any goal in life, it’s really important that you have the strong will to make the effort to turn your dreams into reality. The only addition to this goal in particular, requires you to be logically smart as well.
So in the beginning it may seem like a daunting task to turn your dream into a reality – but fear not – it’s not as complex as it seems.
If you are looking for ideas on how you can efficiently develop a business startup, then you have come to the right place. Read on as we provide you with the top 10 tips on how to jumpstart your startup.
Draft a Business Plan
First things first: Write down your business plan. It’s crucial that you write exactly what your business plan entails before you start deciding on other aspects of your startup.
You need to write down exactly what kind of business you are planning on setting up and what you want to do in your business. More importantly, you need to come up with a good presentation if you want investors to take any interest in your business plan.
Tend to Business Details
Now that you have developed a business plan now comes the second step. This bit requires you to come up with a business name (that is if you didn’t think about it already when making your business plan) then you need to go out and get a business license.
Also, some startups may have additional requirements and some important paperwork that you need to fill up — so don’t forget to look out for business requirements you might miss out on. These essential bits depend on what type of business you are planning to establish.
After you have registered your business name with the state and gotten yourself registered it is time you can move forward with the next steps.
Find Your Investors
Once you have completed your business plan and taken care of the pending issues — it is time to pitch it to some investors.
Banks can provide you with a decent loan that can make it easier for you to get funds for your business, but of course, it’s not that simple of a task. Banks will not be interested in your business idea if they feel it isn’t good enough or that it won’t last in the long run. That is exactly why the business plan must be well planned so that once you thoroughly figure out step one, the rest of the steps become a smooth sail from there onward.
Make sure the representation of your business plan is well developed. Then you should present it in a way that can convince potential investors on what your business is all about and tell them how much collateral you need for a small business loan.
Get Yourself a Mentor
Handling your own business is a learning experience so it’s better if one seeks a mentor: Someone who can guide you through it.
A mentor can help you out in many ways whether you do or don’t have any previous business experience.
Partner Up — If You Have To
You shouldn’t underestimate the power of two likeminded individuals, pairing up to be business partners.
Starting up a business alone can be very taxing and frustrating at times. But if you have a business partner it can benefit you in more than one way. You both can come up with different and fresh ideas when you brainstorm plans. Plus, you can cut costs of an extra employee that you would’ve gotten if you didn’t have a partner.
Be as creative as you can when designing your brand and setting up your webpage to attract more visitors. Investigate what type of audience you want to attract, where to find them and how you can reach their line of sight. It’s important that your advertisements are appealing so that potential customers do not ignore them.
Develop a Strong Online Presence
You need to let people know that you have started your business! One of the most effective ways to advertise your business is through social-media forums. Post your product/service details on forums such as FaceBook, Craigslist or Instagram.
Recruit the Right People
In case you don’t want a business partner you can then opt to hire some employees for your company.
You will definitely need some extra hands in the business. You can ask around if someone is willing to work for you or you can hire a recruitment company to do the job for you.
Manage Your Finances
It’s possible that your business flourishes the moment it starts up — but you should know that this high wouldn’t last forever. And the ones who overlook that fact fail miserably in the long term.
Under such circumstances, you need to save up on your initial profits and invest in more ideas for the business so that the profitable period continues and doesn’t leave you bankrupt.
Communicate With Your Customers
The requirements of your clients take first priority so you must always be aware of what they want rather than what you want and what you want to give them.
One of the best ways to keep up a good customer service is to keep the lines of communication open with your clients. If you can maintain a good relationship with them then your chances of getting the same customer again are high.
If your operations and communication is streamlined at your startup, you can even get referred to other potential clients so don’t overlook the importance of a good relationship between the owner and clients.
Sohail Rupani is a senior SEO strategist at PNC Digital, a digital marketing agency based in Orlando. He specializes in SEO and SEM techniques. He is passionate about technology and loves to analyze the tech industry in his spare time and stay in touch with the latest happenings. He also writes technical articles about SEO and digital marketing. Follow @sohailrupani for more updates.