Friday, February 14, 2020

Taking the step to branch out and start your own business can be an exciting time. Knowing how you want to progress your career can take you to places you have been dreaming of and allow you to come out from the shadow of an employer and show the world what you have to offer. 

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Being prepared mentally, practically, financially is essential. You want to give yourself the best chance to succeed before you startup to help you grow your business. 

With over 50% of new businesses failing in the first 5 years, it makes sense that you would want to put foundations in place to help you avoid the common pitfalls many new businesses face. 

Create a Business Plan. 

Starting without a business plan is like building a home without a foundation. If you don't know what your goals are or how you are going to make the business a success you are setting yourself up for failure. This goes for any business regardless of the sector you are looking to start up in. 

Ask yourself questions such as the following to help you create your road map to force your new startup forward with the best chance of success. 

  • What are you offering? 
  • Do you have a unique selling point? If not, can you find one? 
  • Who is your ideal customer? 
  • What competition is there for your business? 
  • How are you going to attract your ideal customer? 
  • Will you have opportunities to grow and expand your company and/products and services? 
  • How long before you will realistically be able to turn a profit? 
  • What finance or backing will you need to get up and running? How will you get the right finance for you? 
  • Do you need staff? How will you train them up and what equipment do they need? 
Being as thorough as possible will help make sure you are starting off on the right foot.

Prepare Yourself. 

Are you ready to take the next step? Chances are you feel like it is time. But making sure you have prepared yourself is always a good idea. 

Get your finances in order before quitting your current employment. Make sure you are in a good position to be able to withstand an uneven income for at least the first few months of your company. Look to clear any debts and create a savings pot to help you pay your bills. This will cover you in the event of not turning a profit immediately. 

Expanding your knowledge and skills is also a great idea too. Consider taking mba online courses to help you brush up on your skills and knowledge. Delve into your sector more and your homework. 

Look for changes in your industry to help you accommodate this into your company and look for ways you can fill gaps in the market. Adapt what you are offering to meet demand and work out how you can effectively implement this before starting up. 

The more you can do before your company is up and running will give you a head start when you are ready to open up to customers. 


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