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10 Tips On How To Start A Business

Starting a business can be a very stressful period in a person's life. Getting the business started is often more difficult than actually running the business. By following these tips, you can help the process move along more smoothly.

1. Start with a start-up plan. This plan is not your business plan. The start-up plan is more of a list of steps you need to take to get your business up and running. Make your start-up plan as complete as possible.

2. Have your business plan written. A business plan is used as a guide for operating a business. It will also be necessary to have a business plan if you are seeking financing. Work with a professional business plan writer on this.

3. Find out what licenses and permits you will need ahead of time. This will save you time and money. If you do not have the proper licenses and permits, you can be fined by local and state governments. Some licenses and permits will be specific to the type of business you are starting, and the requirements will vary from state to state.

4. Find out what the zoning laws are in the area you plan to open your business in. You do not want to lease or buy business property, only to find out later that the property is not zoned for the type of business you are starting.

5. Hire professionals. You are probably an expert in your field, but unless your field is accounting and law, you need professional help. You need an accountant and a lawyer. It may be that you do not need these professional services right away. Do some research and get referrals for these professionals ahead of time. This will save you time, and possibly money, in the future.

6. Shop around for business services that you will need, such as insurance, banking services, printing services, and other services that may be specific to your business. Again, do this before those services are needed, to keep from being forced to make hasty, costly decisions later on.

7. Start marketing your business before it is open. You will reap the benefits for some time to come by generating excitement in your community about your coming business. Since there will be bills and employees to be paid beginning when the business opens, you will need to be making sales from day one.

8. When you get your business financing, make sure that you get enough funds to start the business, and extra funds to cover operating expenses for at least three months, or more. Many new businesses fail simply due to lack of operating funds.

9. Know your competition. Visit your competition. See how their business is set up, and if possible how it runs. Take notice of what is working well, and what you can improve on in your own business. Note their prices and added services as well.

10. Only hire vital employees. Plan to handle as much of the work yourself as possible in the beginning. Later, when you are showing a profit, you can hire more employees to take some of the work load. Get vital employees trained before the business opens.

Everything won't always run smoothly when starting a business. But if you have a plan, and you handle issues as they come up, your business will be up and running before you know it.

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