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Five Important Steps to Start Your Own Business

 

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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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Finding the Perfect Office

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Finding the perfect office space is a big deal and Van Nuys Offices  wants to help!  Because your business will have to live with it for the life of a lease, it is important to find the right space and the right lease term.

So, Van Nuys Offices wants to offer some insider tips to help guide your search for the perfect office space.

1.  Do your research on the space before you tour and prepare some questions to ask during your viewing.  Like what amenities are included? Is parking available? Are any amenities included?

2.  Image of the area/building:  The reputation of the local area can have a big impact on the way potential clients see your business. Your staff and visitors will feel safer visiting your office if the area has a good reputation.

3.  Access at night and weekend:  If your staff needs to access the building outside of normal office hours, how easy it is for them to do so. Is there 24 hour access and security? Will you need to implement any extra security measures?

4.  Lease terms; length and breaks:  How long will the lease be for?  If my business doesn’t succeed will there be any penalty if I break the lease?  If the office I rented is too small will I be able to move to a bigger office?

Let Van Nuys Offices put together a customized package that is right for you. Call us today to find out how we can help your business reach its goals faster, more efficiently and within your budget. We worry about the small stuff, so you can concentrate on your business. Our mission is to help you reach your goals.

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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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.

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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.

How do you start the idea process? “MY OWN BUSINESS”

Many people believe starting a business is a mysterious process. They know they want to start a business, but they don’t know the first steps to take. . . . . .
Understand that business startup isn’t rocket science. It isn’t easy to begin a business, but it’s not as complicated or as scary as many people think, either. It’s a step-by-step, common-sense procedure.

First step: Figure out what you want to do. Once you have the idea, talk to people to find out what they think. Ask “Would you buy and/or use this, and how much would you pay?” Determining what you want to do is only the first step. You’ve still got a lot of homework to do, a lot of research in front of you. One of the most common warnings you’ll hear is about the risk. Everyone will tell you it’s risky to start your own business. Sure, starting a business is risky, but what in life isn’t?

One of the best ways to determine whether your idea will succeed in your community is to talk to people you know. If it’s a business idea, talk to co-workers and colleagues. Run personal ideas by your family or neighbors. Don’t be afraid of people stealing your idea. Just discuss the general concept; you don’t need to spill all the details.

Hopefully by now, the process of determining what business is right for you has at least been somewhat demystified. Understand that many people around you won’t encourage you (some will even discourage you) to pursue your dream. Some will tell you they have your best interests at heart; they just want you to see the reality of the situation. Some will envy your courage; others will resent you for having the guts to actually do something. You can’t allow these kinds of people to talk you out of starting your business or influence you to stop your journey before it even begins.

What will you lose if things don’t work out? Don’t risk what you can’t afford. Don’t risk your home, your family or your health. Ask yourself “If this doesn’t work, will I be worse off than I am now?” If all you have to lose is some time, energy and money, then the risk is likely worth it. Van Nuys Offices

What to look for when leasing a space?

The best thing to do when you need to lease an office space is to follow this easy steps. Once this is assessed, you want to evaluate how much space you will need to expand once your business becomes successful and can hold more people.
DON’T RUSH GIVE YOURSELF SOME TIME
Give yourself time to find and lease an office space. Finding the right space for you and negotiating the terms of the lease with the landlord can take much longer than expected, sometimes even months. You don’t want to end up unhappy with your lease or your space because of time restraints.
AMOUNT OF SPACE NEEDED:
Your office space should be big enough to accommodate your clients and workers. Make sure that you have enough room to efficiently operate and run your business. For most business starters, a smaller office is recommended, and as they grow their clienteles, changes may be made. Make sure that the office space you are renting is most appropriate for the business that you are going to run.
BUSINESS IMAGE :
Don’t underestimate the value of appearances. How your office looks can have a huge impact on business & investor relations so it is crucial that the premises you choose match with the image you want for your business. It might not matter to some businesses what their building looks like, but if you need to impress a steady stream of clients who come to visit you, it might be better to spend a little more looking for a nicer building. For example, a corporate solicitors firm operating from above a nightclub doesn’t give the best first impression.
TERMS:
How long is the lease term? The property owner usually wants you to commit to a longer-term lease. If you are willing to do this, you should receive concessions in the form of free months of rent or help paying for build-out. If you’re looking for something a little more flexible, consider a six month or month-to-month lease. Many standard office spaces will have a one or two year lease. If you’re just starting your business and aren’t quite financially stable, you may want to opt for a shorter lease, which won’t be as financially detrimental if cash gets tight.

It seems like a lot of things to take into consideration, but when you finally do find that perfect space for your business, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve covered all of your bases. Finding a space in which your business can grow and prosper is important, and once you’re settled in, it will be worth all the time and effort. Keep these tips in mind and you should easily find the perfect office suites for your company!
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