The Starting a Business Checklist: Everything That You Need to Do

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All businesses start with an idea and an ambitious person; if this sounds like you and you are ready to take the plunge into running your own business, then congratulations. Starting a business can be one of the most exciting things in the world; however, it can also be one of the most daunting. As such, the below checklist has been prepared that outlines everything you should do before you start your own business. Consider this as your reference sheet for stepping into the world of working for yourself.
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Work Out the Industry You Want to Be In 

It is important to know what industry you are stepping into as this will have an impact on how you continue to conduct business moving forward. If you are unsure what industry you would like to work in, then you can read more here about some of the most promising markets to step into. The market research you do, how you define your tone of voice and generally just how you move forward will all be massively impacted by your industry, so get this clear in your head before doing anything else. 

Work Out What Your Unique Selling Point Is 

You will need to stand out from the crowd in order for your business to thrive and the best way that you can stand out is by making your unique selling point (USP) stand out so much that it is impossible for people to ignore. In order to successfully flaunt what makes you unique, you need to have a clear understanding of what it actually is. Consider your USP and see if you can sum it up in two sentences. If you can’t, then can you at least explain it in a way that is clear and concise? You will use it every time you pitch your business to investors, so it’s important to know and be able to perfectly articulate what it is. 

Create a Business Plan 

If you consider where you are now and where you want your business to eventually be, that’s all well and good, but the question is, how are you going to get there? The best way to have clear direction in your business is to have a concise and easy to follow business plan. It will need to summarize where you are now, where you want to be and how you will get there, while making a note of the practicality of your proposed method in light of competition and cost. 

Ensure That Your Business Is Going to Be Profitable (Eventually)

A lot of businesses don’t make a profit when they initially get started, but you will need to know whether or not it is going to make a profit at all before you set it up. Again, having a good business plan will assist with these queries, but it would also help to have access to some accounting software that will run profit and loss forecasts. If technology is not your thing then you should speak to an actual accountant or financial advisor and get their take on everything. 

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