How to Start a Business in 8 Simple Steps 

How to Start a Business in 8 Simple Steps 

Starting a business is one of the most exciting experiences you can have but where do you begin? There are many ways in which you can approach starting your own business. It is important to analyse your business idea, how much time you have and the amount of money you have to put into it before making any life changing decisions.

We’re here to make it easier for you in 8 simple structured steps. Let’s begin! 

Stay grounded 

There is no such thing as an overnight success, so focus on your business journey and do not compare your success to someone else’s. Remember that consistency is key. Motivation will skyrocket at the beginning of your journey, but it might wear off slowly as time progresses. Create habits and follow routines and do not rely solely on motivation. 

Make sure that you know your next step to achieve your goal and always take it one step at a time. 

Refine and Re-Adjust

While it is important to do what you love, your business idea also needs to be profitable and be something that you are good at doing. Your business idea does not have to re-invent the wheel. Instead, you can take an existing product and improve on it. This is something that a lot of businesses in the retail industry do. For example, when starting a new fitness apparel brand, companies do not start by trying to reinvent new products. The products already exist on the market. Their main aim is to find a gap in the market and improve on products. 

Know your competitors

Do not spend all of your time on your products without taking the time to look at your competitors. If you need to apply for outside funding, you will need to answer to the question of what sets you apart from your competitors. For example, if you’re looking at opening up a casino site, you would know that there is a lot of competition with online gambling being on the rise. Conduct a SWOT analysis to analyse your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Maybe you will find that there is a gap in two specific market, like online gambling in NJ, in comparison to Pennsylvania. Watch out for your competitors’ weak spots and piggy-back on it to make it your strength and focus. 

Create a business plan 

Now it’s time for your roadmap. Your business plan will help you map out your idea and spot potential problems. A good business plan will include the following: 

  • An executive summary which describes your new business and highlights your goals and how you will achieve them. 
  • A company description which covers why your business idea is the best and what problems your product will solve. 
  • A market analysis which analyses how your business stands against your competitors.
  • An organisation and structure of your business which highlights staff, risk management strategies, etc. 
  • Your mission and goals which will detail your mission statement and what your business will accomplish and how it will get there. 
  • Your products and services that you will offer to your customers. 
  • A background summary which includes data and research on trends that could affect your business.
  • A marketing plan of how you will promote your business and how much money you will spend on marketing.
  • A financial plan which is the core of this business plan including a proposed budget, projects financial statements, etc. 

Choose your business structure 

Here you will need to choose your business structure which will impact the amount of taxes you owe and your daily operations. You will need to choose between the following: 

  • A limited liability company (LLC)
  • A limited liability partnership (LLP)
  • Sole proprietorship
  • Corporation

Register your business and fill in the paperwork 

There are a number of legal issues that you will need to go through when opening up a new business. Follow the below checklist when establishing your business: 

  • Choose your business name 
  • File the business formation paperwork with your state
  • Apply for an employer identification number 
  • Apply for licenses and permits that you might need
  • Open a bank account for your business
  • Apply for insurance 
  • Choose your accounting firm

Get funding 

There are many ways in which you can fund your business. You can either use internal funding which might include personal savings or funds from family and friends, or you can look at external funding coming from business loans or crowdfunding

Market your business 

While spending time on your product is important, you will also need to allocate a marketing budget to market your product. A web presence is essential in today’s digital world. After getting your website done, focus on optimising it for search engines so that you can be easily found by customers who are looking for your product. 

Invest in content marketing for your business including videos, testimonials, blog posts, and social media marketing

Good luck with your business!

About Carson Derrow

My name is Carson Derrow I'm an entrepreneur, professional blogger, and marketer from Arkansas. I've been writing for startups and small businesses since 2012. I share the latest business news, tools, resources, and marketing tips to help startups and small businesses to grow their business.