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Starting Your Own Small Business

May 20, 2008
Starting a business can seem like a daunting task, even for the most experienced or successful entrepreneur. For the prospective small business owner, knowing where to start can seem impossible, and getting that initial motivation to take any financial risk is no easy task. However each and every years thousands of individuals do venture out on their own to establish a small business, of which some will inevitably fail. Nevertheless it is only these individuals that can possibly experience true financial independence, whilst also creating jobs and strengthening the economy.

Starting your own small business is a risk, but provided you do appropriate research it can be a calculated one, and one that can easily pay dividends. Market research before you start your business is vital to establishing a demand for what you intend to supply and for determining the level of competition in your market. This can help you find out whether your idea could possibly get off the ground - a good thing to know before you start investing money.

After completing your initial market research, you should begin to plan your operation and think about how you intend to run your business. Initially, you will be faced with the choice of business structure - from partnership through to public limited company, there are a range of options you can pursue which may or may not be suitable to your business needs. For the new small business owner, it may be best to remain unincorporated and trade in your own name in order to minimise your liability to tax. However, this can look unprofessional, and there are limited liability benefits to incorporating your business on start-up.

You should then think about how you are going to fulfil your marketing requirements when launching your new business - how are you going to spread the word about your business? After all, customers need to find out you're alive if you want them to buy. Think about the variety of ways in which you may promote your small business: in local press, through community events, online - there are a number of different routes available. Whichever particular marketing methods you set upon, make sure you try to track their effectiveness by using targeted, direct response advertising, to work out whether you can afford to invest more heavily in your current marketing strategy.

Finally, you should pay a visit to your business bank manager to discuss your finances and possible facilities that may be arranged to assist in starting you're business from a financial perspective. That's both how you are going to finance your start-up and how you are going to finance your own survival over the start-up period before any revenues start to roll in. Ask your bank manager if you could access credit for establishing your business, whether secured or unsecured if this is necessary, or enquire about the overdraft facilities available on their business bank accounts. This can help to allay any fears you might have about cash flow in those tricky initial months.
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