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Would you like to start a business?
The first step in starting a business is to write a business plan. A business plan must include a description of your business and information about you and/or your other partners.
The business plan must also provide information on the product or service you will provide, a strategy on how to market/publicize your benefits, a profile of customer demand, and the anticipated profits and investment capital required. Critical to the plan is a clear and concise mission statement, a description of how your business will meet market demands and or provide a service that will improve or solve a problem.
A good business plan will help point your growing business in the right direction and will keep you on track.
- Learn how to start a business
- Identify an ideal location for your business
- Identify your competitors, their strengths and weaknesses
You are absolutely allowed to dream and think that you can have a successful business
However, think carefully about how you’re going to develop a product or service. Think about the time that this might require and who your customer is. Think about the costs and financial investments required and the price point you’ll set for customers. These are all elements that will impact your success.
Ask yourself the following questions
Are your products or services unique? Unique products and services are those that cannot be purchased anywhere else.
Uniqueness is the key to overcoming market competition!
Convince your customers that your product or service is unique and that it is different from what your competitors are selling. If your customers feel that they cannot purchase your product or service anywhere else for a better price, they will purchase it from you.
Choosing the name for your business can be difficult! It is a big part of what your business is
Does your business have a name yet? Make sure your name is unique and memorable. You need to make sure the name is not already in use. Don’t forget that your business name should be easy to pronounce and written on signs and logos. Once you land on a name take the necessary steps to protect it (trademark) so that others don’t use it and cause confusion in the marketplace.
The name of your business is one of the most important decisions you can make because it will have a long-lasting impact on how you do business.
Ask yourself these questions: Does my business state what we produce or explain the service we provide? Does it indicate that we are different from other companies that are selling similar products or services?
When Selecting a Name, Remember:
The company name should reflect who you are, what you do, and why you are different
Short phrases are always better than long descriptions
Work with your partners or employees to come up with company name ideas
Then create a short promotion for your company selling your best product
Your promotion should be as creative as possible and attract people to consume your products
Write down your strategic goals making sure to set realistic and measurable targets
It is important that you create these types of indicators to evaluate the results and impact of your goods or services. Your strategy can offer a product at a lower cost, or offer a product to a particular market niche that is underserved. Find out what your market opportunities are by conducting a market study.
Ask yourself how many businesses like yours are already in your community or industry
You want to ensure that your product or service can be differentiated enough from your competition that it appeals to consumers as unique. Be aware of what makes your product special, and keep an eye on all types of competition.
Know that the other business owners are not only competitors
They can be great allies. Do you know any of your competitors? If not, get to know them! Once you feel close to them, ask them for advice. They have been in business longer and should definitely have some advice for you! How has their business changed over the years? What are some of the challenges they face?
Are you looking for suppliers?
A supplier is an individual or business that provides you with products to sell. Suppliers are a key part of your business especially if you are unable to create your product yourself. When seeking a supplier, ask about prices, experience, and variety of services, and ask if they have any history supplying to other local businesses. Make sure you create a clear contract and that you understand everything stated in the contract.