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Checklist On Starting a Business

May 24, 2019 Comments Off on Checklist On Starting a Business

Build a business plan

Having no business plan is too risky when putting a startup business or even for existing business establishment. For any start-ups, a business plan allows you to gain a better understanding of your industry structure, competitive landscape, and the capital requirements of starting a small business.. Every business plan should include something about each of this area, Mission/vision, business name, marketing plan, competitive analysis, financial plan and products and services. It can attract potential investors and secure a loan. For investors this will show whether or not your business can make a profit.

Name your business

It is as simple as it can be but naming your business is the hardest part of building a business. Business name should sounds good and at the same time should be unique so that you have an impact against your competitor but not so unique that potential customers won’t know what you’re selling. You may want to consider Mr. Webster as your best friend for this part and play around with name ideas. Once you have a few you’re happy with, test them out with family and friends. Before ordering letterhead, though, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to ensure that you legally can use the name you selected.

Choose a business structure

Four types of business structure that you can decide on; Sole proprietorship, Partnership which has 2 types, Limited and General partnership, Limited Liable Company or LLC and Corporation which has C and S corporation.

Sole Proprietorship, only one owner controls the business. This is the most common business structure available. Common proprietorship includes part-time businesses, direct sellers, new start-ups, contractors, and consultants.

Limited partnershipis limited partnership consists of at least one general partner (controls the business) and at least one limited partner (investor). And General partnership is a business owned by two or more people. Partnerships offer more freedom for business owners with shared business tasks and the potential to earn greater profits.

LLC, this is becoming more popular these days. Limited Liability Company or LLC is a type of business ownership combining several features of corporation and partnership structures Owners of a LLC have the liability protection of a corporation.

Corporationis usually the most complex and most expensive way to organize a business. Records must be kept to document decisions made by the board of directors. There are two types of corporations; C Corporations (incorporate) and S Corporations (small business). Small business is the most common corporation; C Corporation is more complicated than forming a limited liability company or a Sole proprietorship.

Set up and determine your location

Getting a location is also hard as it can be, this where your marketing strategy will fall. A good location can attract a large number of walk-by traffic while a bad location can hide you away from potential customers. It really depends to really what kind of business you will have. There are many steps in office set up including where to locate your office (home or office space), buying the necessary office equipment, designing your work space and getting supplies. Whatever location you choose, make sure you know all of the legal restrictions on your place of business.

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