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I Want to Start My Own Business

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I want to start my own business

There is real opportunity to start a business today because many, many businesses that existed prior to the recent recession have closed their doors and left wide range of  parts of market with little choice . Many long-standing client relationships have also disappeared. More than anything else right now, consumers and businesses want the lowest cost, period! This presents a great opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to position themselves in the marketplace as the lowest-cost provider.

But before your jump into this roller coaster ask yourself a few questions…

1.  What kind of business will I begin?

Do what you love to do.  Businesses don’t just happen. They are made. Most people do the mistake in opening a business they know nothing of.   Your success relies on what you bring to the business. If you love what you do then chances are your business will be successful.  Don’t be tempted to start a retail store just because you find a cute, affordable space.

2.    Where will I get the money to start my business?

Start up business funding and start up business grants are hard to come by. Ensuring you have the funds necessary to stay viable past the first few months, when business will be at its toughest, is extremely important.  If the only problem you have is a momentary lack of funds, and you have a decent credit rating, speak to your bank about a business loan.

3.  Do you know how to run a business?

Running a business takes different skills than practicing what you know or love.  If you don’t have an idea on how to run a business, then start today learning how to do it, or find a friend that has same knowledge on this and can give you some advice.

4.  Do I need a business plan?

Yes in fact many businesses that go under is because they didn’t have a business plan before they started.  Creating a real business plan is hard work and a pain. But it is hard work that will be rewarded. It forces you to think past rationalizations that we all tend to make and come up with something real and doable.

5.  Will my business need an office?

If you are on a tight budget and are unsure exactly how long it will take for profits to flow in at a strong level on a regular basis, consider starting a business with a home office.  New businesses die every day and many suffer a premature death simply because the new owner ran out of money.

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Office Space On Your Terms

 

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Before You Sign the Lease

Before signing on a lease, it’s always important to know what you’re getting yourself into. By carefully reading the lease entirely can help straighten out any probable problems before they happen. For first-time renters, signing on the dotted line is often thought of as just part of the rental process. The excitement that comes with a new office space sometimes surpasses the responsibilities that go with renting an office. Before signing that lease, it is important to read the fine print and be aware of what your landlord expects of you, as well as what you can expect of your landlord. Make sure you review the lease carefully for requirements relating to often overlooked polices such as guests, parking, pets, and painting. Here are some other things you might want to be aware of before moving in:

– As soon as you sign, you’re stuck…….at least until the term of the lease ends. Many people think that just because you’re not buying the space, you can bail out if things don’t go right for the business. But that’s wrong, a lease is a contract, a legal commitment. So take a second look and inspect the place, know what you getting yourself into before you move in and realize you actually need more space or that the building is not so safe at night.

– Second thing to consider is know exactly what is the tenants responsibilities. Before signing the lease, make sure you have actually inspected the unit you will be moving into. Make sure there are no damaged areas or safety hazards. Inspect all window and door locks to make sure they are in working order. If anything needs to be fixed, make sure it is taken care of before you move in, or have it added to the lease (in writing). Make sure any pre-existing damage the landlord isn’t going to fix, for example, stained carpets, broken blinds, or stained walls, are written into your lease agreement as “pre-existing”. If these damages go undocumented you can end up losing your security deposit or even charged for those damages when you move out.

– Security Deposits is another major thing to educate yourself on. Many landlords and rental agencies will charge what is called a security deposit. This deposit is usually equal to one or two month’s rent and is refundable if certain conditions are met upon moving out of the rented space. The purpose of the deposit is to ensure that rent is paid on time, and to cover unusual repairs that may be needed when a renter moves out due to damage caused by the renter. So be careful and document any and all repairs requested from the landlord as well as any repairs done by you.

– More importantly, what are the terms of the lease? If you expand rapidly, is there a provision for breaking the lease at minimal expense? If you later downsize, will the lease allow you to sublet the extra space you don’t need? Before signing any agreements, check out the landlord, too. Discuss the terms before requesting a lease and make sure the landlord spells out each party’s obligation prior to signing the lease agreement. Leases are written by the developer and/or their lawyers so most are tilted slightly in their favor. If some things seem unfair do not hesitate to have a lawyer review or ask for clarification from the landlord.

– The last and most important fact is that there’s too much space around for the number of active businesses. For the first time in many years, tenants are in demand. For every business that closes, another space comes onto the market. So now as a tenant its your chance to negotiate better terms for your lease. Ask for a shorter term. Don’t get tied up in a long term lease, that down the line if your business doesn’t pick up you will still be responsible for the remaining months. You’ll also want to factor in and negotiate rent increases over the term and renewal options so that you are not unexpectedly hit with a rent increase without warning from your landlord – something that can quickly compromise you cash flow and margins.

Five Important Steps to Start Your Own Business

 

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Start your own business today

1.    WRITE DOWN A BUSINESS PLAN

The main biggest mistakes a young entrepreneur makes is not writing down a business plan. Not only is it a good planning tool, but it also the key element that will help you raise money.  Include research into things like how much you can charge for your product/service, how much it will cost to produce or deliver.

2.    FIND A LOCATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Although the idea of starting your business at home is money saving there is many factors to look at when starting at home.  Will the kids interfere? do you have space? If these in fact are going to be a problem.  Then go out and look, for an office space.  Remember

3.    SIGN A LEASE

Ask for a copy of the form lease from your potential landlord. Read it and try to understand it. If you don’t understand the legalese, find an attorney. Start-ups should look for flexibility and try to sign as short-term a lease as possible. Understand the details of what you’re committing to when signing the lease.

4.    MARKET YOUR BUSINESS

Even though social networks are essential, don’t underestimate the old ways of marketing.  Your business is barely kick starting so you need to get the word out, let people know of your business, what products or services you provide. Embrace and use the most effective online tools (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn) available to broadcast your news.

5.    KNOW YOUR COMPETITION

Many businesses fail because they underestimate the competition. Often, it is not necessarily the quality of that competition, just the mere presence of it. You may think that you can drive your competitors out or at least steal some nf their business by offering a better price or better service, but many businesses can breed an intensely loyal following of customers.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT OFFICE SPACE

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Finding the perfect office, in the perfect location, can have a huge impact on your business. With the average length of a commercial property lease at 5-10 years, finding the perfect space is crucial; nobody wants to be stuck in the wrong office for any amount of time, let alone 10 years.

The right office space can make or break a business. It’s not easy to find the perfect premises, especially if your experience is limited.  The key factor is to take the time and don’t settle for the first one you think is perfect.  Because remember, your business will have to live with it for the life of a lease.

Give yourself some time don’t rush into a lease.  Though the economy is in a state that there are plenty of office spaces around, you’ll still find that the perfect office space is hard to find. But,  due to the recession,  landlords now have cut their lease lengths to at least a year.  Making things much easier for you.

The best thing to do when you think you have found the perfect place  is to determine how much space you really need. Once you have calculated this , you want to evaluate how much space you will need to expand once your business becomes successful and can hold more people. Paying too much for an office space could affect profits; paying a small amount for inefficient space is also a waste of money.

Moving Your Home Business to an Office

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Time to start thinking of moving to an office

The decision to relocate has to be made with specific regard to the future of the business. It needs precise planning and research, the establishment needs to be faultless and the owner needs to be sure that relocating is the answer for his/her business future. Once you have made the decision to move your home business to an office, you have some planning to do.

The advantages of moving out of your home office comes down to increased professionalism, more space to work and unlimited growth potential.  And less much less distraction. Renting a small office at a good price can be very meaningful.

The first decision you make when you have already decided to rent an office, should be your desired location. It’s usually a good idea to start looking at offices near your house to avoid a long commute. Of course, while this is the ideal option, it may not work out perfectly when you consider other details that greatly affect your business.  You need to make sure the new location reaches your target audience, so do some research of the surrounding area to find out who lives near the building you are considering. Try giving Van Nuys Offices a call, they have small offices for short terms and for only $195 a month.

Second thing you should consider highly is making sure that all your office furniture, including desks, filing cabinets, and bookshelves, will fit into the new office space. Make sure you leave room for expansion, especially if you plan to hire a few employees soon. Also, consider where customers will sit when they come into the office.  Draw a layout, measure your furniture and move your furniture around so that you can get an idea of how much square footage you will need.

Last thing after you have found your perfect office, you signed a lease, and now you’re ready to start running your business from the office.  DON’T  FORGET to update your address on all your licenses, bank account, vendor accounts, post office, and all your stationary.  If you regularly get inventory shipments, you need to let the distributor know your company’s new address ahead of time. This can prevent you from having to move merchandise shortly after it is dropped off at your house, so be sure to update your business address. You will have to do the same for your mail and any marketing materials that feature your current address.

A Virtual Office

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Virtual Office

Is your business on a standstill? Do you feel that if your business had a commercial office your client list can have a chance to grow?  Are you in extreme need of an office space—but not quite prepared for the financial commitment of a full-time office lease? We know that companies sometimes get caught mid-step when growing to the next level. That’s why we developed a new space solution for overcoming this common situation.

Virtual office is gaining immense popularity because of the long list of benefits that come attached with it. With no leasing or building fees, security expenses to be incurred, virtual offices can be really cost-effective. As mentioned earlier, your business can get a prestigious address in one of the major cities across the globe, without the need for you to leave your current location. This can be a great benefit for businesses with a small-budget. A virtual office gives an organization more flexibility and efficiency in its operations. Your business can work with employees spread across the globe. What’s more, you do not have to supervise them.

The best time to go for virtual offices is now. A business that can do without a traditional office space should immediately opt for a virtual office. If you are interested in a virtual office then give us a call and one of our representative will be happy to go over the details of a virtual office http://www.vannuysoffices.com.

Leasing Commercial Office Space

Leasing commercial office space is one of the largest expenses you acquire when you are opening a new business or you’re expanding your business. So it is important to do your homework.
Van Nuys OfficesBasically, a lease is much like a partnership agreement in that it sets out the restrictions of a business relationship. When everything goes as planned, most any lease will serve the parties well but the true test occurs when there are obstacles in the partnership. If the lease has not been carefully drafted, an obstacle can become a major problem for either of the parties. Tenants often don’t read the entire “Standard Form Lease” or sometimes there is something they done understand what it means and if not appropriately brought to the landlords attention before the lease is signed , may not serve their interests when issues arise. On the other hand, a sophisticated tenant will often request changes to the lease that, if not fully understood, can cause unforeseen difficulties for the landlord as well.

Here are a few tips to help you when signing a commercial lease:

  1. First off, You always want to read the lease to its entirety, make sure you understand each term, word, clause or anything written. If you do not understand a term in the lease ask for clarification from a lawyer or knowledgeable disinterested party. Relying on the landlord or a listing agent to explain their lease is not a great idea because they could mislead you intentionally, or may not understand the lease themselves.
  2. How is your monthly rent calculated? The most basic equation for calculating a lease payment takes the number of square feet times the cost per square foot, then amortizes that over a 12 month span. It’s important that you understand exactly what you are paying for and what expenses the landlord will cover. Are you responsible for any costs other than the rent? Are you responsible for paying for your own utilities and garbage pickup? It’s good to understand that ahead of time.
  3. If there is any repairs that need to be done before you can move in, have the landlord do repairs before you sign a lease. If any work is to be done after you take occupancy be sure this is detailed in the lease including work completion times. You do not want to have your business shut down for weeks at a time because of ongoing work. Remember that any changes or improvements you make on a commercial property, unless you own that property, becomes an improvement for the land owner. This is an area to surely negotiate with the landlord.
  4. The lease terms. Consider the growth that you expect to see in your company in the coming years. A short-term lease may be ideal if the growth is hard to forecast, but the downside to short-term leases is that lease rates tend to change. Sometimes long-term lease agreements have the option of expansion so that growth can be accommodated. Long-term leases are ideal when real estate rental prices are low and are forecasted to rise. Short-term leases tend to lead to more frequent moving, which presents costs of time and money.

In order to play it safe, budget a six-month timeline from day one until to move-in. This will allow your company enough time to plan, find space, negotiate the deal, install IT infrastructure, make minor cosmetic alterations and move in.
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