How to Start a Business in 10 Steps

How do you start a successful business? Here are 10 useful steps that may lead you towards your professional goals!

  1. Research. If you already have a business idea in mind, you must answer a few questions: Is there a need for your products/services? Are you the only one who offers this kind of products/services? How’s the competition? How will your business fit into the market?
  2. Make a plan. You need a plan to make your business idea a reality. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because you can always change and improve things. But making a plan is in order!
  3. Money, money, money. Plan your finances ahead, so you will know how much starting your business will cost. And how much you can earn.
  4. Choose your business structure. Your small business can be a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation. The business entity you choose will impact many factors from your business name, to your liability, to how you file your taxes. And dont’ worry, you can change it later, if you wish.
  5. Pick your business name and register it.
  6. Get licences and work permits, so that your activity is completely legal.
  7. Accounting system. Your accounting system is necessary in order to create and manage your budget, set your rates and prices, conduct business with others, and file your taxes. You can set up your accounting system yourself, or hire someone else to do it.
  8. Find your business location.
  9. Get a team. And start hiring people.
  10. Promote your business. Once your business is up and running, you need to promote it and get clients. You can read more about that here.