Starting a new business? But you have no idea where to start a small business and how to achieve success! No worries. You will learn today how to start a business using a simple step-by-step guide.
You like to ensure that you prepare well before starting any business. But you will realize that most of the things go wrong. If you want to run a successful business, you make yourself ready to adapt for any situation.
Doing in-depth market analysis and research in your business field and collecting all required details of your clients is one of the important parts of your business plan. This task involves research, conducting surveys, focusing on groups, SEO and public data as well.
Before you get into your business, you need to build your brand and know the customer base that’s going to do business with you when you open your business.
Are you an entrepreneur who wants to learn about the basic steps to start a business and get success?
First of all, try to find some entrepreneur or a small business owner and talk to them. You’ll quickly get to know that starting a business will require a lot of work.
How to Start a Business?
Starting a business always involves many activities. Generally a new business must have planning, market research, financial state and decisions and collecting your business knowledge in your domain.
We have written this 13 steps guide to starting a new business to step into your business world. Keep in mind that no size will fit all models of business types. However these business steps will help your plan and organize your thoughts.
So you will have answers for all business startup questions when you launch your business.
An idea never becomes a business without good effort.
Most of the entrepreneurs easily understand what are the basic efforts needed to create a business. But it’s true that they will miss or skip most of the main steps to launch a business.
If you’re really interested in putting your effort into building a business then you’ll surely want to know the important steps to reach your business goals.
Spending time on naming your business and creating attractive business logos is very important. There are many other high or low important things to build your business successfully.
Instead of wasting your precious time and guessing where to start your business, just follow this guide.
Here is the simple 13 checklist to transform your business to the profit way.
Step 1. Refine your Idea.
When you think about starting a business, you might be having an idea in your mind. Yes, you’ve already decided what to sell or at least you’ll have some ideas like which market or field you want to enter.
Just do a simple and quick search about the existing companies which have already chosen your industry. Learn from the current brand owners and experts that what they are doing and find out how to do better than them.
If you think you can do the things better than your competitors then you can draw a solid business plan. Or else, you can deliver the same products or things and try to do the things cheaper and faster. Based on this, you can create a business plan.
It’s good to ask yourself and know the reason why you are starting this business. This will clearly make you understand that this business is based on the personal ‘Why‘ or business marketplace “Why“.
When your why is focused on the need of the marketplace and high in demand, the business scope would be larger than a personal business need.
Consider for a franchising.
Another successful way is to “open a franchise” of an established business. Here the brand and business is already promoted; you need to find a good location to start.
Brainstorm your business name.
You may choose any option, but it’s very important to understand and know well the reason behind your idea.
Business experts’ advice the entrepreneurs when brainstorming a business name or writing a business plan they need to be very cautious.
Clarify your customers.
Most of the people just jump into launching their business in a hurry without knowing their customers. New business owners are not ready to spend time to think and know about their customers and why they want to buy from them.
“You need to think and clarify why you serve or work with these customers”. Do you really want to make your customer happy? – Desaulniers said.
Finding answers for this question will really help clarify your mission.
Step 2. Are you Ready (Ask Yourself)
Remember, there is no right time to start a business. If you’re mentally ready to start a business then all times are good to build your new business positively.
It’s all about your mindset when you decide if you’re ready to start a business. The reality is starting a business is very easy. However, doing a business and taking the business into the profit path is very difficult.
When you’re ready to take and work on your business mentally then all the doors will open for you. If you’ve right mind-set then it will devastate the negativity and you’ll enjoy the success soon.
Step 3. What is your Business Type
The next process in starting a business is to find out and determine what type of business you’re going to start.
Are you passionate about any particular niche?
Are you looking for any business which you already own or deal actively?
Or are you thinking of turning your hobby as your new business?
These are the important questions you need to ask yourself prior to starting a new business. You need to be very clever to choose your business or blog niche.
You’re free to choose to build a business like owning a company or consulting business with a small team or you can start a restaurant business.
To decide the best business to start, you need to create a list of businesses you are passionate about. For example, restaurant business, online jobs, clothing, finance, yoga, online teaching and consultancy.
Now you can get help from the Google Trends, to know the search volume by the people. This will help you to know the popularity of the businesses you’ve in your business list.
Google Trends results will show you the trend of your business type like, it’s trending upward or downwards or it’s a stable one. This way you can easily choose your business type and determine your niche or business’s long-term viability.
Now take out the top 3 business types or keywords from your list and check for below queries.
Will you be able to create tools/content/products for the next 6 years?
Which niche or product will be live in the future?
This will give you an idea about your starting business. Also you can share your business ideas below in the comments section.
Step 4. Do Market Research
Alright, now you have your business idea with you and it’s time to think out how and if you can make money from this niche.
For example, you want a food blog or restaurant business. You may start a hotel, food delivery, mobile food and start a food blog and so on.
Now you need to break down which type of business is easy to start and aligns well with your skills and budget. So you need to analyze well along with the existing industry performance.
Sometimes, you may think to start a business with multiple ideas, you can surely go ahead with those ideas. For instance, a person owning a food blog can also sell kitchen accessories. Also you can monetize your food blog spaces for ads and sponsored content.
After finding out the best business type you want to start, it’s time to think about a business plan.
Step 5. Set Goals and Expectations
A common failure in the business will usually come from naive expectations or lack of experience in your business area.
I’ve seen in my experience that many people are wasting dollars in advertisements. They think that they will take double or triple of their investment. But most of them end up with zero.
The real scenario of your first business in the first year will be failure. I’m not discouraging you. It has been proved that most of the first business will fail with false optimism.
Everyone thinks easily that if that person can do this business, then why can’t I do it? This is what people think casually.
But you casually ignore the fact like this business could be his / her fourth business or it’s been running for sixth year.
People are much excited when they decide to learn a new business. I really love them. But if you think you’re going to dominate that business then you’ll fail in a few months with drastic disappointment.
Persistence is the only one difference between a successful business and a failed one.
Do you need to keep promoting your business even if you don’t see any customers or website visitors after a month and so?
Do you have enough knowledge and savvy to find why the strategy is not working?
And do you have patience to play safe, slow and steady game? It means you’ll not see profit or sale now, but you’ll see the big profit and returns soon.
What do you do and how to approach your goals in the stage of foundation of your business?
It’s very simple. Instead of focusing on your product sale, focus well on creating good content to bring more people to your business. Make use of the social media network and build an Instagram and Facebook page, so when you launch your business, people will come to you.
Step 6. Create a Simple Business Plan.
You do not need to spend more time to create your business plan. A single white paper is more than enough. You can start handwriting your business plan for not more than a page.
I used to write my goals on a piece of paper and keep it with me. Whenever I have an opportunity to read my goal I’ll be more active and even can’t escape from my target.
Alright, let’s come to the point. Make sure that your one-page business plan must have the following.
- What are the problems your business will solve?
- A single sentence about your business (What your business does)
- Who are your target audiences (people, students, job seekers, social media, etc.)
- What about SWOT Analysis? S – Strengths, W – Weaknesses, O – Opportunities, T – Threats to your new business.
- List of ideas to promote your new business (Marketing)
- How do you make money to run your business in the starting stage? (Finance Plan)
- How your business is going to make money (Finance plan)
- What are your financial projections quarterly ( Jan to March and Apr to Jun and so on).
Step 7. Feedback
Alright, so far you have got the idea, and set a few goals and also you’ve created a simple business plan.
It’s time to get all about the feedback on your idea.
This is the place where most of the ideas will be killed. Even some good ideas may be killed.
The reason behind the feedback stage is to get more understanding and a second opinion on how to improve your plan and idea.
When you’re trying to get feedback, don’t ask about complete business data and ask for some component in your business idea. Keep in mind; don’t ask for feedback from the people who you love you most. Their feedback won’t work in the business.
You may contact the in-house entrepreneur located in your cities and they will give you feedback regarding how to start a business.
We have seen most of the cities have programs for business starters and adults. This will help you to find the right mentor to your business in the same field.
If you have a plan to start with tried-and-tested, usual and unusual business ideas then make sure that you’ll get the right feedback from the right people to take your business in the success path.
Step 8. Get a Way to Pay for your Business
In general, people pay for their business through their daily 9 to 5 job or 10-6 job. I would strongly suggest that people avoid quitting their day job until they start seeing some money generated from their business to pay taxes and expenses.
In the beginning, you’ll be in the situation to reinvest your earnings into the business again. It will help you to scale the business quickly.
It’s true that some businesses might need minimum investment for buying software and computers.
Step 9. Start with a Partner.
It’s true that “Solopreneurship” is on the rise and it’s good to hear. However, this won’t apply to all situations and businesses.
We have seen in our experiences that most of the businesses success comes as pairs. So you can partner with someone you trust and alongside you can share your workload. This will help you to progress faster.
You need to know how well you really work with someone. Also you must know the person trustworthy? How will you manage the conflicts? How do your skill-sets balance each other in the business? Think well, if this business relationship may spoil your current friendship.
Make sure you’ve asked all these tough questions before getting into a business partnership. Choosing a wrong business partner, can give negative impacts and consequences.
Step 10. Name Your Business.
It’s very hard to choose the perfect business name. We know that almost all the businesses are running on the web. So finding the perfect .com domain for your business is really challenging.
You can use a business name generator to find the best business name.
It’s very common that most of the brands like to include the target keyword within the brand name or business name. However some brands will create a unique name like SaranSaro.
In my case, my business is focusing on digital marketing and blogging. But I wanted to promote my name as a brand name. So I created my business name as SaranSaro.com.
Remember, the business name you select should be memorable, eye-catching, easy to call or spell it out when people hear and your domain name should be short and sweet.
Step. 11 Register Your Business
Registering your business will vary by cities, states and countries. We’ve seen that in a few countries, you do not need to register your business until you see some profit or income generated from the business.
You need to check your country’s law for your business registration.
Based on the country’s law there are a variety of business licenses to operate their businesses. For instance, you need to register your new business with state, federal and local government policies.
Also, based on the category of your business the registration process will be varied.
Few businesses do not need to register. However, few businesses need many documents to register based on their country and state rules and regulations.
If your business is not 100% dependent on the web and going to start as a physical location then make sure you’ve the below things to be done.
- Doing Business As (DBA)
- Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Income Tax Forms
- Local, state, Federal, city license and permit
- Insurance Policy
Yes, in-corporation is not only a new business start or business model. You can register your business as a sole-proprietor or even you can create a partnership business.
But you need to do some research and tests prior to starting a business in order to determine which business model is suitable for you.
Step. 12 Create Your First Business Product or Service.
When starting a business, you’ll have many products or services to create and sell to your customers.
In eCommerce you can make use of affiliate marketing networks and eCommerce stores to find millions of products. You can sell the popular niche like home decor, beauty and cosmetics, fashion, jewelry, electronics, mobile phones, sports accessories, clothes, shoes and more.
New businessmen who are experts in any industry can create an eBook, music, digital content and online courses to sell your visitors. You can have many opportunities to monetize your expertise and skills with products and make money online.
If you’re software savvy, you can create a SAAS product which helps businesses.
People, who are consultant experts, can offer coaching, skills and speaking gigs.
The products which you create for your business will always depend on your business type and skillset. However, there could be millions of the products that can be sold to your audience and make money.
Step. 13 Promote Your Business
The most important and last part of starting a business is promoting your business in the right way. You need to get your new business in front of the people, so you can see money from your business.
Below are some proven ways to promote your business idea:
Facebook: Start running Facebook Ads and based on the audience interest to capture a huge audience for your business. You may share your business idea in Facebook groups or Facebook pages to get a niche audience to see good profit.
Pinterest: Creating Pinterest group boards is a great way to get more visitors on your Pinterest posts. Pinterest helps you to create your own boards to promote your idea or content.
LinkedIn: Make use of LinkedIn to build your personal brand through creating many posts. You can share your business thoughts as articles on LinkedIn. You can easily take your business to the next level by inviting relevant visitors to your post or page.
Quora: One of the easiest ways to promote your business is answering niche questions on Quora. You can find the Quora keywords to increase your visibility on Quora platform.
SEO: The evergreen method to promote your new startup business is SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Creating original and quality content will help you to get more leads, website traffic and email subscribers to your business.
Starting a business is not a small or easy task. You need to have a lot of courage, time, creativity, ideas, motivation and more.
It’s very common that taking the first step is scary. But once you start and get into the business then you will realize the process and enjoy how pretty is doing business by own.
It’s sure that there will be many roadblocks and challenges in your way. You make yourself ready and ready to learn from the mistakes to get the success.
All you need is, you need to take the first step and then the situations will lead you towards the success path. This article will surely help to go on your success way to start a business now.