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.