Starting a business can be a very exciting time, but there are many things to consider when setting up your venture which can determine its success. Having the inspiration and motivation to start is the first step, but you will also need a lot of hard work, persistence and organisation. We’ve compiled the top 5 things to consider before you start your own business.

Research

When setting up your business it’s vital to understand everything about the industry you are entering. Research your market thoroughly to understand demand, target audience, and competition, all of this will help you once you are ready to launch.

Understand Your Finances

Whether you are starting out alone or planning on employing staff straight away, you need to understand the finances of your business. Everything from securing funding if necessary to get your business off the ground, paying the correct tax and ensuring you will have enough money to pay employees accordingly need to be taken into consideration.

Know the Law

One of the most important aspects to consider before setting up your business is to make sure that everything you do will be legally compliant. Make sure you are registered with the correct authorities for your industry and have up to date health and safety procedures in place, such as displaying the correct safety signs in the workplace, or making sure you have trained first aiders on hand. Be as organised as possible and know where you stand with the law before launching your business.

Get Out There

Your customers won’t find you straight away so do everything you can to get your name out there. Conduct social media campaigns, run advertising and attend industry relevant events to begin to build yourself and your business a profile within the relevant industry.

Get the Right Help

Starting out alone can be a daunting prospect but there are many ways to get help to make sure your business becomes the successful venture you imagined. Whether this is consulting with experts along the way about finances or legal requirements or hiring the right people to help you launch your business. Identifying which aspects of your business you may need assistance with can help avoid problems in the future.

Claire James