An Idea? A Decision. Ready, steady, go! 5 Tips on Starting your Own Business


Starting a business is not for the faint at heart. A new business can be very stressful and demands total focus and almost every minute of your time. You have to decide beforehand if you will be able to cope with all the demands on your time and all the chores that have to be done. It is very hard work. You have this brilliant idea, but will it be enough to make a successful business?
5 Tips to help you evaluate the chances of your intended new business
1. Start by doing Market Research on the need for your product or service. Who needs it? What age group will benefit the most? Where do you find your target group? Will this service or product enhance the life of people? You can circulate a questionnaire, online and by distributing pamphlets, to get an estimate on the demand for your product or service.

2. The business location is of great importance. You found your target market. Find a location where the business will be visible and accessible. But always keep in mind the cost. You are starting, and do not have a regular income or client base, as yet.

3. You need to establish a Budget plan. What kind of money do you need to start your business? Do you have this money available? If not, are you going to ask people to invest in your business?
4. Develop a business plan that state the business’ mission, the product or service, what kind of structures you will use regarding personnel, the target market and financial projections. If you need investors you will need this to persuade them to give you money.
5. Make a decision to be adaptable to input from your, probable, customers to optimise your business’ service delivery. You might have to modify certain ideas about your business or product to assure good customer service. Decide to learn as you go, and change your initial thoughts if better solutions are available.
Also keep in mind that honesty is always the best policy. Renew your outlook, concerning the business, regularly. And always remember to be patient; Rome wasn’t built in one day.

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