So you’ve finally made the decision to start your business. But now you have no idea where to begin. No worries, our Day BPO blog is here to set you on the right track to having a successful business.
Starting your own business can take a lot out of you and requires a lot of time, dedication and personal assets such as money to get things up and running. That said, here are a few things you’re going to need to start a business.
Let’s jump right in!
Get in the Right Frame of Mind
Mindset is everything. To start a business is no simple feat and as long as you’re serious about it, success will come. That said, what you focus on makes a world of difference.
Stay positive, go at your own pace and be consistent. When you have a new business, it’s easy to get frustrated, especially when things aren’t going your way. At this point, many give up but the key is to keep going. It’s also never a good idea to measure the success of your business to another. The best way to accomplish having a successful business lies in developing healthy habits, maintaining discipline, and taking things in stages.
Lay Down Your Business Idea
Everything begins with a thought. Your business idea usually falls in line with what you’re good at or passionate about. Although this is a good thing, the next important thing about your business idea is that it should be something that is also profitable.
When it comes to developing your business idea, it doesn’t need to be a new invention per se. It can already exist, you just need to put your own spin on it and make improvements in the areas you think need it. By building on this idea, it also helps further down the line when it’s time to develop your business plan.
Do Thorough Market Research
After you’ve decided on a business idea, the next step is to test whether or not your idea will work. This is where market research comes in. By doing market research, you’re able to get an idea of who is and isn’t your target market as well as who your competitors are.
Getting to know the competition allows you to understand what should set you apart from the rest. When you conduct market research it also gives you the insight you need in knowing whether or not your business idea has a saturated market or not and if so what you can do differently before you start a business and proceed to make a business plan.
Decide on a Business Name
Your business name is your ultimate identifier. When it comes to choosing a business name, keeping it on the simple side is always best. Therefore choosing a business name that speaks to exactly what you do, is what you should have in mind.
At times, coming up with the right business name can actually be a chore because what you have in mind may already exist which now means that you have to go back to the drawing board and allow your creative juices to flow.
Develop Your Business Plan
It’s now time for you to put pen to paper and formalize your business idea and bring it to life. There are several different ways in which you can put your solid business plan together but for the purpose of our blog we’ll just highlight some of the must-haves you should include in your business plan:
- An Executive Summary
- The name of your company and a description
- A Market Analysis
- Business Structure and Management ( to include the business model)
- Mission and Vision
- Service and/or Product Offerings
- Marketing Plan
- Operational and Logistics Plan (to include the business location)
- A Financial Plan (how much the business costs)
These key headings and the information that makes them up serve as an excellent roadmap for your new business. This business plan can be used in the following ways:
- Given to potential investors when seeking funding
- Shared with financial institutions to help secure a small business loan or small business grants
- Circulated to the company’s management or even your business partner for a better understanding of the business
- For personal reasons – Further flesh out the business idea and spot any potential problems that may be hiding, to better reach your target market. Many business owners also use this as a guide to help keep their personal finances separate.
Get the Business Registered
As long as you have a new business, you must get it registered. Of course, the business registration process varies depending on the country or region you are in.
Within the United States, the registration process goes like this:
- Provide your business name
- Go through the business formation process within your state
- Send in an application for an employer identification number
- Submit applications for all the licenses and permits required (including your business license)
- Open your business bank account
- Get business insurance (e.g. Professional liability insurance)
- Get a bookkeeping or accounting software
Spread the Word!
You would have already given yourself a competitive advantage by creating a marketing plan when you developed your business plan. It’s now time to put that plan into action. You have an idea of who your target audience is from your market research and have a fair idea of what the competitive landscape looks like as well. The time has now come to spread the word far and wide about your new business.
There are so many ways to go about establishing your marketing communications, and of course, word of mouth is the most basic tool to start off with. It is also one of the most powerful tools out there for most businesses.
Additionally, whether or not you have a brick-and-mortar business or you decided to take the route of launching an online store, having a business website is the way to go. There’s also the option of having your own business social media accounts, google ads, and the traditional marketing channels such as television and radio ads along with newspaper ads and flyers. It all depends on what works best for the business structure you’ve chosen to use and what helps you to reach your potential customers.
Congratulations, you’re a business owner. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to start your business, but the joy of being a business owner is all worth it. Of course, Day BPO is here to help you get on your way with our Business Process outsourcing services so you don’t have to go it alone. Get in touch with us today to guarantee business success!