Starting up your own business is an exciting journey that brings with it plenty of highs and plenty of lows. One minute you’ll be jumping to the sky, next you’ll be stressing about a deadline you need to hit – it all comes as part of the package. And we would change it for the world.
When it comes to starting your own business, there are many things to consider. Your website, your branding, how are you going to control your money, budgeting, the costs of items – the list goes on. We would always recommend speaking to someone you know who has started up their own business, they will be able to give you plenty of advice.
To help you, we have put together a list of things we think you think about when starting up your own business.
The key to the majority of successful businesses is their website. Having a good website is just like having a good storefront. If it’s bad, you instantly judge and most likely won’t go in, even if the goods inside may be great. There are many ways to have a website created. You could use a site like Peopleperhour or Fiver to find a freelancer to do it for you. You could opt for an agency – this could cost you a lot more money – or you could attempt to do it yourself using the many website builders that are in the market at the moment. Depending on what your budget is, you could try to make it yourself if you consider yourself a creative person and then have someone redo it in the future when your budgets are higher.
Budget for all the costs associated with your business
Put a spreadsheet together and budget for all the costs associated with your business. Try to put absolutely everything down, from the traffic barricade rental (if required) to the laptops, phones and marketing materials you will need. The more the better as this will help you put a budget together for what you are going to have to spend. We mention it above but try to speak to someone in a similar industry as you, this way you can gauge the costs they had to spend when starting up.
Talking about marketing materials, these are going to be very important for when you launch and in the future. Your branding will make a big part of your marketing materials. You’ll want a brochure, flyers, leaflets, business cards, or anything that will help get your brand out there. You want them to be memorable, well-designed and something you would be proud to hand to someone. Put your winning website on it, your phone number and address if required. This way people can get in touch when they want to work with you.
What tips do you have for people starting up their own businesses? Are there any tips that we haven’t included that you think would help? Which of the above tips do you most agree with? Is there anything you would like to share that would benefit our readers? Let us know in the comment box below.