Every business starts with an idea. If you are wanting to turn your idea into your very own business venture then you will need to think about some things before you make this a reality.
Before you get anything off the ground you must work out how much money you need to set things up. You will also need to work out your budget for everything related to the business, this includes rent, salaries, equipment, and products. If you don’t have the money to hand straight away then you will need to apply for a business loan. You will need to work out all your incomings and outgoings to see if the monthly repayments are affordable for you.
Home or Office
When it comes down to deciding if you want to be based in an office or at home it is a completely individual choice. No two business owners will think the same thing, so if it works out better for you to work from home then you go for it. You might prefer to have an office space if you need employees or storage space for your stock. If there is no reason to need office space then you might as well work from home. This saves you money in rent and time commuting to the office.
You will need to make sure you have everything you need if you do decide to work from home though, it may be worthwhile making a list ensuring you have what you need.
If you do decide to be based in an office then you will need to invest in some technology for you and your workers. This shouldn’t be too old as it can slow down your work quite a bit, older technology runs on older software. Have you ever rang a company and been told sorry my system is on the go-slow today? Yep, that would be because they are running on slow systems and poor-quality internet speeds.
You will need laptops, PCs, telephones, as well as good quality phone lines and internet. You can contact telecom services to help you with the best internet provider and installation.
Finally, before you open to the general public you will be needing some employees. Unless you are doing this completely solo in which case you can skip this section! You will need to advertise for the best employees who have your business and ethos at heart. To do this you need to think about where is best to advertise, you will also need the perfect job description and person specification for the advert. Without this people won’t know what set of skills and qualifications they need for your job. Once you have gone through the applications and invited potential employees for interviews you will need to check references to make sure they are up for the job.
We hope you found this article helpful and it gives you some ideas of the essentials you need before you open up your business to the general public.