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Planning and Procedures for Business Start-Ups

Aug 17, 2007
Starting a business is a process that requires much planning. A business plan should be made mapping the future business.

Starting a business includes many steps that will be explained. The first step in a business plan is deciding the nature of the business. A detailed description of products and services is the first part of a business plan. For a fishing shop, for instance, the products would be all the fishing rods and accessories.

In addition to a detailed description of products, a detailed description of services must also be made. The owners must decide where or not there will be a service department with the fishing shop.

The next part in figuring the nature of the business is to decide the estimated risk. The risk of the business is based on the analysis of the industry. To analyze the industry one should take several considerations into thought. For example, how much demand for the business there will be in the area, as well as, how other businesses of the same nature have done in the area.

Size and location of the business are also required to figure the nature of the business. The size of the business can be based on the capital available, the demand in the location, as well as any other factor that might affect the business. Location is based on many of the same factors.

The second step of a business plan is to plan the goals and objectives of the business. This step requires thinking about what the short-term and long-term goals will be. In addition to the short-term and long-term goals, the owners must express the expected results in sales volume and profits.

These goals and objectives should be based on the amount of capital invested and the amount of the loan. The business must plan to make a profit, however, the profit does not have to be immediate. It may take a little while for the business to become established in order to make a profit.

The long-term plan of the business might take all this into account. A marketing plan is the next step of a business plan. A marketing plan takes into account customers and their demand for the fishing rods, accessories, and services. A marketing plan should also include prices for the products and services, and a comparison of products and services with competitors in the area.

The prices should be figured based on the supply and demand theory. If there is a large demand and no other competitors in the area your prices can be much higher than if there is little demand for you products or services, or if there are several other competitors in the area.

The business plan is essential in the formation of any business. In addition to the business plan a list financial institutions which to apply for a loan should be assembled, as well as, hiring a lawyer to help in the formation of the business. Proper planning might take a long time but in the end it will make the process of starting a business much easier.
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