How to start a business

Many people dream of owning their own business and being their own boss. While many new businesses fail within the first five years, countless others have succeeded for many more years. Starting a business is hard work, but keeping a business running is harder and takes perseverance. To start a business, there are a few major points to consider in the beginning.

First, consider what you would like to do and what you are best at or most knowledgeable about. Also consider what you enjoy doing. Many businesses fail because while the initial business idea seemed viable, it wasnít something the owner truly enjoyed doing or was something they knew little about. Begin by making a list of things you do well, things you are experienced with or have knowledge of, and things you enjoy.

Next, decide what type of business you want to start. A business typically does one of two things Ė they offer a service or they sell a product. There are many different types of businesses that fall under these categories so be sure to think creatively and outside of the box. Begin narrowing down your list of prospective business ideas by also investigating the business competition in your area. If your area is inundated with the same type of business you want to start, it doesnít mean you canít be successful, but you will need to do your research to make your business better than those that already exist.

Any business will require a start up investment. If it requires a sizeable investment, you may want to consult a business attorney to protect your personal assets. An attorney can also advise you on what type of insurance you will need to carry and what types of licensing you may need to secure. If you are selling a product, you will need to check with your local and state government regarding vendors licensing.

When you are ready to open for business, you will need to advertise. Depending on how much you can afford to spend on advertising, you can research different options. Local papers reach a vast audience of prospective customers or clients, but can be expensive to start. Other advertising options are flyers and word of mouth. Word of mouth is possibly your best source of new business, but you canít rely solely on it in the beginning.

Be sure to keep your financial records in order and research and understand tax laws as well. If your business involves the exchange of large amounts of money, you may want to hire an accountant as well. Keep in mind that most businesses do not declare a profit the first or even second year of operation, donít become discouraged if you donít see immediate success, just be willing to work hard and overcome any objections to success you encounter.