Getting Started

In order to get started with a new business venture you need to define entrepreneurship. An entrepreneur is someone who sees an opportunity to make profits and creates a plan to run a business around the opportunity. If you are a new entrepreneur or at least aspiring to be one then you should definitely continue reading as this guide will help clarify the process of starting and owning a new business.

Selecting a business idea

As you decide on your business idea, two critical questions you need to ask yourself are: what am I passionate aboutGroup of business people smiling isolated on white

and can my idea satisfy a need in the marketplace? You want to be sure that your business will revolve around something you love doing or enjoy talking about, as doing something you love will motivate you to work hard and the experience will be fulfilling. In order to help you think about your business ideas you can use these guidelines to assist you.

  • Create a list of your abilities and interests. You may include your values, goals, hobbies, and work experiences.
  • Create a list of businesses that are a good fit to your abilities and interests.
  • Carefully look for ways to improve existing goods and services.
  • Identify a business that is potentially profitable is a good match to your personal qualities
  • Perform market research to see if your business idea can actually attract enough customers to earn a profit.
  • Stay up-to-date with your industry and learn as much as you can about your goods, services, and competitors.

 Creating a business plan

After coming up with a viable business idea you need to create a business plan in which defines your company’s goals, explains how to accomplish these goals, and includes an outline of the standards by which to measure achievement. This document creates a framework for your organization and is the single most important document when it comes to securing financing for your company. Through your business plan. you define your company’s purpose, identify and keep track of your company’s goals and missions, and outline the strategy needed to fulfill all objectives.

Financing your business

The next step to getting your business started would be to find out how you will finance your venture. You first need to find out the amount of seed capital, or funds used to start a company, that is required, which can range from several million dollars for a Mcdonald’s franchise to $1000 for website design. Common sources of start up capital include:

  • Self financing-These funds belong to you can do not need to be repaid and can be used without conditions and restrictions.
  • Debt financing- Use debt financing to borrow money that must be repaid. Sources can include loans from financial companies, banks, credit card companies, and friends or family.
  • Equity financing- In equity financing you sell a share of ownership in your company in exchange for investment money. These funds do not have to be repaid, as investors get to share the success of your business.

Managing your business

Effective management involves a great deal of planning. During this phase you, as the business owner, will create a comprehensive plan that include the following categories of planning, including strategic, tactical, operational, and contingency planning. Strategic planning will determine your company’s objectives and allocate resources to fulfill those objectives. Tactical planning describes the current and near-term activities that need to be accomplished for the overall strategies. Operational planning assigns individuals and teams to achieve specific work targets that guide implementation of tactical plans. And contingency planning involves preparing for major unforeseeable events that can disrupt business activities.

The strategic planning will form the basis of all management decisions. Through the strategic planning process, you will define a mission, assess your firm’s competitive position, set organizational objectives, create strategies for competitive differentiation, implement the strategy, and evaluate the results and refine the plan. This process involves the most far-reaching plan that can make a difference between whether your company fails or succeeds.

After developing your business plan, you will have to create organizational structure. This step ensures the implementation of plans and the accomplishments of objectives by assigning tasks to employees and coordinating them through a logical structure. Effective organizing will allow the business to operate as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.