By Julia Knight
There several things that you need to establish before you can start your own business. The most important thing to do is to research your market well. Consider who your typical customer is, ask yourself what it is that your customers want or need from your product.
Work out the complete cost of producing, marketing and delivering your product to your customers, make sure that you include every cost. Initially, a simple spreadsheet is sufficient to allow you to do this. If you have never done something like this before find a local accountant who can set one up for you. This spreadsheet will help you work out the price you have to charge for your product, and to see if you can compete with others that already sell products like yours.
If from the spreadsheet you can see that you can compete with companies already working in your market, proceed to the next step. Once again sit down with your accountant to work out start up costs. Accountants have a deep knowledge of start-up businesses and the potential costs that are involved.
Next, you need to put together a business plan, you need this to be able to get any finance you need from the bank. A good accountant will build a plan that includes all the details needed to convince a bank that your business idea is a good one. If start up costs are low enough and you do not need a bank loan, you will still need a business plan to use as a guide to run your business. The majority of new businesses fail due to a lack of planning.
Do not rush into starting your company, get good advice from the start especially for financial matters. From the very start you need to keep good financial records, so you can work out if your business is profitable and see which areas of it are costing too much. Speak to a few accountants before settling on the one you will use. Make sure that they have the relevant experience for your type of company and that you can communicate well.
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