STARTING A BUSINESS
Starting a business can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. If you are like the majority of people, you have always dreamed of starting your own business and being your own boss. At the same time, the prospect of being without a regular job and income can be scary and it is easy to become so overwhelmed that you decide to give up on your business dreams. Through careful planning, however, you will feel far more confident about starting your own business and you will also give your business a greater chance for success.
Deciding on the Type of Business
The first step you will need to take is to decide on the type of business you are going to start. This step can actually be far more complicated than you might think. In fact, many people get stuck on this first step and never actually move forward. Don't let this happen to you.
A logical place to start when trying to determine the type of business
you will create is with your hobbies and interests. If you love horses, for example, a horse breeding or boarding business might be a great idea for you. At the same time, you need to consider the possible cons of opening a business based on your hobby. In the case of the horse breeding business, you might find it too heart wrenching to sell your horses after raising them from birth. Therefore, this may not be such a good idea after all.
Obviously, you want to choose a business that you will enjoy doing. At the same time, you need a business idea that will be a success. So, in addition to considering your hobbies and interests, look around your community and try to determine if there is a service or product that is not offered but that the community could use. Or, perhaps there is a business providing the goods or services but it doesn't do a very good job or your community could stand to have more of it.
Remember, if there is no market for the goods or services you wish to offer, your business will not make any money. Therefore, you need to take your time with analyzing the market in order to make sure there is an actual need.
Register the Company
It's important to register your company at Companies House
, if you are working from home its advisable to get a registered office address
and possibly a virtual office
. Startups often succeed when they spend more of their budget on Marketing than Office Space, so a Virtual Office is a smart decision.
Get the Funding
You have several options available to you when it comes to funding your business. One option is to use a home equity loan. The downfall to this method is that it puts your home on the line if things go sour. Therefore, you might want to consider getting an actual business loan instead.
In order to get a business loan, you will need to put together a convincing business proposal. Your proposal will need to demonstrate the viability of your business. While this can be a bit of a chore to put together, it is actually good for you to do because going through this process will give you an even better idea as to whether or not this is a good business idea.
Another option is to use a business credit card. If you have a good credit history, obtaining a business credit card should not be too difficult. The advantage to using a credit card is the fact that nothing is put up for collateral. In addition, you don't have to go through a lengthy loan process and you can use your credit whenever necessary rather than just getting a lump sum all at once.
There is also a fantastic option that very few businesses look into called a Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG)
. EFG provides the lender with a government-backed 75% guarantee against the outstanding facility balance.