How to Start a Business From Scratch

If you dream of running your own business but have limited resources, you may feel that you are starting on the back foot. However, many of the most successful and respected people in the world started with nothing. With the smallest flicker of passion and steely determination, it is possible to build a business that stands the test of time. The key is to pursue a business in which you have a personal interest, experience, and talent, as this will fuel you through the tough times. When you have a clear vision of the kind of business you want to build, you can start to make your vision a reality with these steps. 

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Conduct thorough market research 

You will come across the concept of market research a lot when you are starting a business, and there is a reason for that. It is not enough to make assumptions about the market, your competitors, or what your prospective customers want. You need to understand your market inside and out. It is important to remember that even if a marketplace seems to be saturated, there may be space for a business with a fresh approach. 

Look for funding 

Unless you have a lot of savings or an investor already onboard, finding funding for your startup is likely to be one of your biggest challenges. There are plenty of funding options available to startups, but often the application process can be complex and many perfectly viable business ideas are rejected. Become is an online platform that enables small and medium-sized businesses to find, compare, and secure funding opportunities, so it may be worth starting your search there. 

Create an incredible website

It does not matter what type of business you will be running you need to have a website and a digital marketing strategy. Modern consumers turn to the Internet to research, compare, buy, and review their purchases or experiences, so it is essential that you have an online presence. Websites can be simple or complex, but what is important is that they are easy to use, quick to load, offer unique and useful content, and are designed with search engine optimization in mind. Your social media activity and content should also link back to your website to maximize traffic. 

Cultivate your email list

Email marketing still has a big part to play in modern marketing strategies and can be a highly useful tool when growing your audience. When someone gives their consent to be contacted by email with marketing, e.g. by completing a form on your website, you can add them to your list and gradually feed them key information, promotions, and useful updates. This enables you to establish trust with your customers and nurture the relationship. 

Do not wait on perfection

When starting a business from scratch it is easy to feel that you will never be ready to hit the button and launch. You can spend forever obsessing about every small detail, but eventually you are going to need to take the plunge. The sooner you can start to generate income, the sooner you will start to make a profit. The business will not be perfect, and you will need to evolve and tweak as you go, but once you are up and running you will learn the ropes very quickly.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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