If you have a great idea for a new business venture and are ready to put it into action you may be overwhelmed by where to begin. Although some businesses get off to a roaring start without much planning, you’re more than likely going to need a strategy to get yours launched and running smoothly. While this list isn’t all inclusive it will give you an idea of the main steps you should take to get your business up and running.
Write a business plan. Although you may have a clear idea of what your business will entail, a business plan will make you set goals and define statements about all aspects of your business. Your business plan will be vital when you’re ready to apply for a loan or other funding so it should be one of the first things you do. If this sounds overwhelming look for a local chapter of the Small Business Administration and you’ll probably get access to free or low-cost help in writing your business plan.
Reserve your domain. Even if you’re not ready to launch a website you should purchase your domain name as soon as possible so you can start your marketing plan. Keep in mind copycats may try to profit off your business, and consider purchasing extra domain names that are similar to yours. That way “BestBusiness.com” won’t lose sales to “BestBusiness.net” and so on.
Be thrifty. Even if you get financing for the first full year you’ll be in business you shouldn’t spend it all on the launch. While you’ll need office equipment and supplies you shouldn’t buy the best of everything if it’ll deplete your bankroll. Keep enough in reserve for marketing and publicity campaigns as well as possible slow months or seasons so you’re not scrimping if your business income suddenly plateaus.
Do your homework. Research every aspect of your business so you know how to address issues as they arise. You don’t have to know every single thing that might happen; just have the resources ready so you can find the answers quickly when problems arise.