Written by: Gerard Diestro
Venturing in business is not easy. It’s a gamble like most people say. You need to take risks. You may not see any progress at first, but of course you just have to look forward and hope for the best. For new entrepreneurs, just to be able to start smoothly is rewarding. However, failure is inevitable. You may lose even at the beginning. Fortunately, unlike gambling, you can have a game plan in business. Here are some tips from successful business people that can help you start a business for yourself.
- Choose a business that you and your target customers are interested in.
It is true that successful entrepreneurs love what they do. But sometimes, choosing to start a business based solely on what you love can take you in the wrong direction. Focus on people’s wants and needs, too. Study your market first then choose something related to your interests.
- Start up while you still have a job.
New businesses go through life cycles and it may take time before they make any profits and become a sustainable enterprise. It’s better to start up while you are employed. Although this is a difficult thing to do and it poses many legal, ethical, and technical issues, taking advantage of your regular pay and benefits is for your own security, just in case you are unsuccessful in your venture. So don’t feel pressured to leave your job.
- Develop your personal support system.
The idea of starting a business can be exciting and you need to surround yourself with people whom you can share your excitement with. Make them your own support system that will inspire and motivate you when you meet challenges along your entrepreneurial journey. You might also consider finding a mentor who can share his expertise. His guidance can make sure you are getting the numbers you need.
- Find clients or customers.
If you want to get noticed, you need to network with people who can push you to the next level. Find the best way to get out there, whether it’s the social media or the traditional means.
- Write a business plan.
Even businesses with plenty of cash can get into big trouble without a well-thought-out plan. The business plan is your roadmap to success. It can put you on right on track. It can also help you avoid wasting time and money into a business that will not succeed.
- Do research first.
According to IntoTheMinds, a Brussels-based marketing consulting company, 60% of bankruptcies could have been avoided if a market research had been done before launching the business. Writing a business plan is just a start. A business research will give you the opportunity to look at your ideas from all angles. You may need to become an expert and know your industry, products and services very well. This will help in avoiding pitfalls that you may encounter along the way.
- Get professional assistance.
Being an expert in your industry is very good, but it doesn’t mean you have to be an expert on everything. You may not be good in doing other tasks, and for that, you will need to hire qualified people to help you. You may risk losing more money if you try to do everything on your own.
- Be a true professional.
Prepare all the necessary tools you need to let people know you are a legitimate business by getting all the essentials such as business cards, letterhead, website, business phone and email address. Being professional also means you know all the legal aspects such as tax issues that you need to deal with in starting your business.