How To Start a Small Business

Not sure how to start a small business? This guide will offer you some useful tips on the basic requirements of starting a small business.

Initially, there are two types of businesses available to you, Sole Trader or Partnership. Both are explained below:

Sole Trader:

This is the easiest and least costly way of starting a business. A sole trader can be formed by finding a location and opening the door for business. There are likely to be small fees to obtain business name registration. Lawyer's and accountant fees for starting the business will be less than the other business forms because less preparation of documents is required and the owner has absolute authority over all business decisions.

Partnership:

There are several types of partnerships. The two most common types are general and limited partnerships. A general partnership can be formed simply by an oral agreement between two or more persons, but a legal partnership agreement drawn up by a lawyer is highly recommended. Legal fees for drawing up a partnership agreement are higher than those for a sole trader. A partnership agreement could be helpful in solving any disputes. However, partners are responsible for each other's business actions, as well as their own.

Useful Information:

Starting and managing a business takes motivation, desire and talent. It also takes research and planning. To increase your chance for success, take the time up front to explore and evaluate your business and personal goals. Then use this information to build a comprehensive and well­ thought­ out business plan that will help you reach these goals.

The process of developing a business plan will help you think through some important issues that you may not have considered yet. Your plan will become a valuable tool as you set out to raise money for your business. It should also provide milestones to gauge your success.

Before starting out, list your reasons for wanting to go into business. Some of the most common reasons for starting a business are:

You want to be your own boss.
You want financial independence.
You want creative freedom.
You want to fully use your skills and knowledge.

Next you need to determine what business is "right for you." Ask yourself these questions:

What do I like to do with my time?
What technical skills have I learned or developed?
What do others say I am good at?
How much time do I have to run a successful business?
Do I have any hobbies or interests that are marketable?

Then you should identify the niche your business will fill. Conduct the necessary research to answer these questions:

Is my idea practical and will it fill a need?
What is my competition?
What is my business advantage over existing firms?
Can I deliver a better quality service?
Can I create a demand for my business?

The final step before developing your plan is the pre-business checklist. You should answer these questions:

What business am I interested in starting?
What services or products will I sell?
Where will I be located?
What skills and experience do I bring to the business?
What will I name my business?
What equipment or supplies will I need?
What insurance coverage will be needed?
What financing will I need?
What are my resources?
How will I pay myself?

Having worked your way through the above questions should have given you an indication of whether or not you still want to go into business. If you have decided against, then at least you have learnt something. If you are going ahead with your venture then congratulations and have a successful business.

You may freely reprint this article provided the author's biography remains intact:

John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help UK homeowners find the best available loans via the http://www.directonlineloans.co.uk website.

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