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Tips on How to Get Your Business Going, Even If You’re a Newbie Entrepreneur

Being a newbie entrepreneur can be exciting as well as terrifying, and with so many creative and extraordinary choices out there, starting a new business can be satisfying both personally and financially. If you are interested in starting your own business, here are some tips to keep in mind while you embark on your new venture.

Setting Goals

Entrepreneurs should prepare themselves for any venture by thinking about their goals so they can bring together their objectives and key results. When setting business goals for yourself, try considering the commonly used “SMART” method — keeping your goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely will help keep you on the right track. A goal can be made more specific by making sure you know exactly what kind of business you want to run and how to run it, for example. Making your goals measurable, perhaps by stating how many clients you aim to serve per quarter, is going to be a good next step so that you can measure how successful your business is. That being said, your goals need to be both attainable and relevant to the business if they are to be useful; if you are running a dog-sitting business, you won’t have a need for cat care supplies and taking on more work than you can handle is counterproductive. Setting deadlines is also extremely important because a timeline is helpful when prioritizing what tasks your business needs to accomplish. None of these goals are necessarily set in stone, either, and they may have to be revised from time to time to keep up with the realities of how your business needs to operate.

Once you’ve set goals it’s important to make sure that the company objectives are communicated clearly across the entire organization. If your sedan an ambitious goal you want to make sure that everyone’s on the same page about the company strategy to attain the achievement. OKR (Objectives and Key Results) software help you do this seamlessly. An OKR system can make sure that employee engagement is at its highest and that team members across the entire organization are working towards quarterly objectives, even if some team members are in New York and others are in Tulsa. The leadership team will be able to guide your business to success seamlessly with an OKR system, so it’s a good idea to take a look at some software for your new endeavor.

Making A Business Plan

At the core of any good business is a business plan. Part of developing a business plan is doing market research and analyzing financial needs. market research should be an iterative process that should result in a solid business plan that can be made flexible depending on how quickly your business’ industry landscape changes over time. Other basic parts of your business like its name and where it is located should not be taken for granted either, and if you choose a name that is already trademarked by someone else you could end up needing to do a lot of paperwork to fix the issue. You should also put some thought into the legal structure of your business as it will determine your personal liability as well as how your taxes will need to be done. The business planning phase is extremely important and different businesses will need different plans that can vary greatly, so don’t be afraid to spend a lot of time on planning.

Funding Your Business

Once you set your goals and you know how you want to reach them, you will need to figure out how to fund your business. Ways to do this include funding it yourself, finding investors, crowdfunding, or getting a small business loan. A solid business plan will help you with crowdfunding, finding investors, and obtaining business loans because you will be able to show that you have a plan for any money they might give you. Additionally, you should apply for state and federal tax ID’s so you can obtain a business banking account, which can have its own benefits for small businesses. Once you have a business plan, funding, and bank account you can finally begin to set up your business. At this point, you should be aware of what licenses and permits you require as well as the physical facilities and equipment you might need, especially if you plan on using high-tech devices like those reported on in this article by Alastair Barnes.

No two entrepreneurs are going to have the exact same experience when building a company so you need to think on your feet in addition to having a plan, but this will come with experience. Having a good plan and investing in the right tools will build confidence between you and your customers, but it is ultimately up to you to decide which direction your company will take.