What advice do you have for starting a business?
I want to start a business but I'm not sure where to begin. I have taken courses on Coursera and read many business books such as Michael T. Porter's "Competitive Strategy" and Robert T. Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad Poor Dad" but I still can't figure out where to begin with creating my business model/blueprint. I'm hoping the experts here on business.com can help provide me with suggestions. Thank you!
Starting a business is a major venture, and there are several decisions to consider along the way. A colleague of mine wrote a step-by-step guide on how to start a business that you may find helpful: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4686-how-to-start-a-business.html
To summarize his advice, these are the 10 steps you can take to turn your idea into a reality:
1. Refine your idea.
2. Write a business plan.
3. Assess your finances.
4. Determine your legal business structure.
5. Register with the government and IRS.
6. Purchase an insurance policy.
7. Build your team.
8. Choose your vendors.
9. Brand yourself and advertise.
10. Grow your business.
Best of luck to you on this exciting venture!
1. Before investing any time or resources, evaluate yourself and see if you have some the typical traits of an entrepreneur. Are you motivated, able to adapt and confident? Are you resilient?
2. Develop a business concept that you're passionate about related to something that you have experience with. From there, come up with a product or service that you believe can enhance the people's lives.
3. Once you start to develop your business idea, add up how much it will cost.
4. Look at your current sources of income. What do you earn from your current job? How long would your savings last if you quit? What unexpected things could mess up your plan (e.g., you wreck your car or your furnace breaks)? Prepare yourself for all the situations that could happen if the business idea doesn’t work out.
5.If you want to start a small business, don't quit your day job—yet. Launching a successful startup is a process. Build your business in stages and gradually transition from employee to entrepreneur.
6.It might slip your mind as something you'll "get around to" eventually, but purchasing the right insurance for your business is an important step that should happen before you officially launch. Dealing with such incidents as property damage, theft or even a customer lawsuit can be costly, and you need to be sure that you're properly protected.
If you are planning to start your own business, then having that passion about entrepreneurship is not enough. You need to have a great business idea that is not only in demand but unique too.
Nowadays the world moving towards the on-demand economy. According to the research, more than 80% of startups are started their entrepreneurial journey in the on-demand business platform and got a huge level of success.
The On-demand mobile apps are also the be a vital role in their success. There is plenty of on-demand business opportunities is available, Only thing you needed the perfect on-demand mobile app solution to instantly launch an on-demand business, So I would recommend you to utilize these golden opportunities with your own on-demand mobile app solution.
I think you can try some industries that are not very difficult to start a business or go to the right developing country, such as China.
Well, first I would like to congratulate you on the start of your own business. I have a cleaning business small but, working. I am my one and only employee for right now but, I will grow and hire people with a desire to clean. I am also taking classes at a community college. Trying to learn all that I can about the business world. I have found that word of mouth is the best way to start a business.
This question is too broad and too general. The environment you are in, the education background you have, your preference and interest, the money you or potential investors have, the skills set of the management team, and so on...
Having started more than 10 companies and help over 50 Startups, I will try to generalize some points for you to consider:
1. Find out what is the real intention to startup a business.
2. Do an entrepreneur readiness test to see whether you are ready.
3. Have a compelling idea(s).
4. Look for a few partners, there will be conflicts but if the team is genuine, benefits will be more than disadvantages.
5. You may kick start out of a passion with a product/ service or an idea or just wanted to be an entrepreneur, but recognize this will help you to understand what you lack.
6. Make sure you apply a proven protocol to startup - do remember self finance small startup and VC/angel injected startup will have a different protocol.
7. Always perform a product-market fit! Missing this part increases business risks by 99.9%.
8. Clearly articulate your startup and what you like to achieve - make necessary updating while you perform your product-market fit.
9. This is almost 90% of startups fail to do - ensure you build your startup appropriately and positioned well for the next grow. Most startups just proceed to grow with poorly built startups.
10. Although I am in Singapore, I set up businesses in Vietnam before - so please remember to adjust your startup according to Vietnam environment, reframe to fully adopt an approach to startup, you need to customize to your needs and environment.
11. At all time, read a lot, go training a lot, get a world-class mentor, and so on... because the beginner as an entrepreneur or CEO is just like a little child going into the kindergarten.
All the best and wish prosperity,
I love being an entrepreneur even though I still work at a full-time job and do this on the side. I would rather be working on my business doing any other job. With that being said, I just want to make sure you are ready for what owning your own business actually entails. Here are some pointers to consider
1. You have no life for a while. You are married to your business and its all on your shoulders now. No life, no life and oh yeah, no life!!
2. The buck stops with you. You think your boss is bad, every customer is now your boss. They only care about what you can do them and they can be unreasonable as all get out.
3. Your business may fail, you have to be willing to take a massive risk and be able to sleep at night knowing it is on you. You also might not get a good night's sleep at all for a while. Just a heads up on that.
Now, if you still want to be your own boss after what I just said, awesome sauce!! The best business to go into would be an online business. The cost of entry is lower and the risk can be greatly minimized. You could even do it part-time and still work full time. You can do everything from flipping products on Amazon and eBay to selling courses online to creating your own YouTube channel on something you like and create value for those who watch it. The web is truly the great equalizer and untold riches can be untapped. Check out YouTube and Vimeo for free courses on how to start these businesses online. These are great starting points and it will help you get your feet wet in owning your own business.
Good luck and God Bless,
Owner of Excavation Dayton Ohio
The best approach is to start with a problem. This problem should be:
* worth to solve (not just minor),
* affect a number of people, and
* clearly defined.
Very often people prefer problems which are also something they are passionate about. You will work many hours without much a return on your business, so being passionate about the idea helps a lot to stick through the pain.
Analyze some relevant business and there strength and week point. Then think about your business what is your strength and week point and take a decision. Its called SWAT.
When it comes to starting a business, understanding the pulse of the market, the target audience, business activity, location, government regulations, logistics, export/import, talent pool, support infrastructure, there is a lot of checks.
In the real world, the management concepts and marketing, the business strategy might not be applied directly, each business is different and has to be taken forward that way. Understand the competition, demand for your product, use digital marketing to analyze your audience response to your services, become a thought-leader in your domain
Apply strategies and management concepts with real-life experiences and always do a test phase before you set out something large.
For business setup requirements, paperwork, admin tasks, it best to go ahead with a business service consultant to save time, effort and costs. You would be surprised by the amount of documentation and clearances required to set up your dream company.