How To Start A Business - Step By Step, Big Or Small

Image of People in an office looking at a paperWhen you consider starting a business, you should know about the business you are getting into. This could mean you have a background in the business you plan to start, you have worked in the industry or you are going to get a job in the industry before you start your own business.

It wouldn't make sense to get into a business that you are going to run if you know nothing about how to operate it. It’s like buying a car and without knowing how to drive. You usually learn how to drive before you buy a car.

In addition to becoming educated about the business you plan to own and operate, here are important steps necessary for most businesses.

Below are the steps necessary to start your business. Each step leads to more information.

1. Identify if owning and running a business is right for you. - - The first step to starting a business is identifying if becoming a business owner running a business is right for you. You may think you want your own business, but it's not for everyone. More...

 

2. Do you have the skills to be successful at running a business? - You need to identify if you have the skills necessary to run a business. If you don't have the skills, you can always hire someone, but it's much better to depend on yourself rather than on someone else to take the reins. More...

 

3. Determine the type of business you want to start - You need a business idea. Without an idea, you don't have a lot to start on. Have a look at established businesses to spark your interest or come up with a new business idea. More...

 

4.Researching your business idea - Whether you're familiar with the industry you’re planning on getting into or not, you will want to research the industry to get a broader understanding in order to make better decisions. More...

 

5. Is it better to start or buy a company? - Sometimes it's quicker, or better, to buy a business that is already established and making money. On the other hand, you may end up buying other people's problems. There are pros and cons to starting your own business or buying one that's already up and running. More...

 

6. The pros and cons of owning a franchise - There are pros and cons to owning a franchise. It allows you to take a crack at a supposedly proven business model, but there are also a fees and restrictions involved. More...

 

7. Writing a Business Plan - A business without a plan won’t do well. You can wing it, but your success will be greatly enhanced when you have business plan. It’s essential to keep you on track. It’s also necessary when you talk to your bank about funding. Take the time to create a business plan. It will open your eyes as to what you need to consider. More...

 

8. Choose a Name - Your business name is an important part of starting a business. Choosing the right name will contribute to your success. Choosing the wrong name could be the reason for failure. Keep in mind the name you choose today is the name you will have for years to come. Take the time to choose the right name.  More...

 

9. Choose a Location - Your business location is an important point. Choose a deserted location, and it doesn’t matter how good your product or service is. Choose a prime location, and you may not be able to make enough to cover the lease payments. It’s important to choose the best affordable location that is close to your targeted customer base.  More...

 

10. Define the Type of Company You Will Form - Your business needs to be legal before you start. There are different types of structures you can benefit from in terms of labiality and tax structures. There are many options, and consulting specialists isn't a bad idea. Either way, you should be aware of your options and the pros and cons of each. More...

 

11. Create Your Stationery - The business stationery is an important. It can define your mission, products and services in a few words. Your stationery gives an impression of how professional your business is. Your Corporate Identity includes your logo, letterhead, business cards, envelopes, etc. Also, note your stationery should match your website and corporate signage. More...

 

12. Marketing Your Small Business - You may have the best service in the world, but if no one knows about it, then you can't expect any success. In addition to a having a great products and services, you have to find a way to get the word out! More...

 

13. Attaining Permits and Licenses - Attaining the licensing you need is an essential step in starting any business. Each state/province has similar laws, but there are differences. The same goes your local municipality. It's important to get in touch with the correct authorities in charge and get the information you need. More..

 

14. Choosing a Bank - Banks have similar rules, but they are not exact. The bank you deal with will impact your day-to-day business operations. You need to choose a bank that works that will cater to your needs. More...

 

15. Getting a Loan - Your business loan may be the beginning or the end of your business idea. Getting the loan you need usually means you are on track. On the other hand, if you are declined many times, it may be a blessing in disguise and the lenders see something you don't. That's when it's time to look at their concerns and try to address the risks involved. All in all, getting a loan does require some prep work. See the resources to help you pprep for you business loan. More...

 

16. Acquiring a Merchant Account - If you are collecting any kinds of funds, you will need to look into getting a merchant account. Without it, you can't accept money. Depending on your business you may be able to get around having a merchant account; for example, if you collect money online, you can accept funds using a service like PayPal, which has higher transfer fees but no monthly fees. See our resources for More...

 

17. Accounting System Considerations - Whether you are doing your own taxes for having your an accountant take care of it, you still need to have a system so you can keep track of your numbers. Failure to pay attention to this is not recommend. You could be running in the red and not even know it. More...

 

18. Choosing Suppliers - Most businesses require suppliers that provide you with products and service that you need to run your business. Good suppliers will enhance your operations and help you succeed, while poor suppliers will hamper your business operations. It’s important to choose the right supplier and build a strong business relationship. More...

 

19. Create a Team for Your Startup - Your business team is the support and backbone of a business. This can consist of people on your payroll, or people you deal with, consultants, lawyers, bankers, suppliers etc. More...

 

20. Hiring Employees - Hiring employees is a critical step in running a business. You are only as strong as your weakest link. If you hire employees who are not fit for the job, then you are in serious trouble. It’s important to hire the best employees for the positions you have. More...

 

21. Office Setup - Your office setup is important, especially if you spend a lot time there. It should be comfortable, visually appealing to you and have a setup that is practical so you can be productive. Have a look at our resource page for setting up your office.

 

22. Setting Up Your Online Presence - Almost any business today has an online presence. You need a web site, as well as a presence in social media. You don’t have to do all this yourself. You can have someone else take care of it for you, or you can have someone build your online presence and you can keep an eye on it; either way, it’s a part of doing business today. More...

 

23. Checklist for Setting Up a Retail Business - There are hundreds of details you need to attend to when opening a retail store. Form setup to ensuring everything is safe and to code. We have put together a page to help you go over the issues you need to attend to before opening your doors. More...

 

24.Having a Grand Opening - A grand opening allows you to show your products and service to the public. It’s your time to shine and mess your customers. It’s a time to try out promotions and offers. Every new business should start with a grand opening. More...

Resources For Starting Your Business

Business Startup Ideas - A wide variety of businesses. Get an overview of each business, and decide if it's is something you would like to look into.

Acey Gaspard's Guide to Starting a Small Business Is running a business right for you? Find out quickly with this simple guide.

10 Businesses You Can Start for Under $500 - From house sitting to blogging, here is a list of 10 businesses you can start for under $500 dollars.

Questions to Consider Before Starting a Business - 16 key issues to look at before starting a business. Starting a new venture blindly is asking for headaches! Know what to expect before you start!

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business - Starting a business for the first time is a life changing venture and it requires caution. Answer these 10 questions to clarify the direction you are taking.

How To Start An Online Business: A comprehensive list of resources to start an online business.

How to Choose a Top-Notch Business Team For Your Startup: How to create a team of professionals who you don't need to hire full time, but will prove to be essential when you need them.