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Working for yourself is both challenging and rewarding. If you start your own business, you’ll be in complete control of which clients you take on and how many hours you work. Any extreme effort pays off directly to you and your staff rather than a third party. However, it’s a lot of work.

8 Tips to Start Your Own Business

If you think you might like to start your own business, here’s what you should be aware of and some ideas for types of companies you can start on a shoestring.

1. Find Your Passion

There are approximately 33.2 million small businesses in the U.S. as of 2022. Some thrive, some fail, and some plug along at a steady pace. If you have any hope of competing against others in your industry, you have to love what you do and immerse yourself in it.

Someone who is living their passion, rather than just working for money, will have more ideas and the stamina to work the long hours required to build a successful company. Consider what you already spend time doing and how you might turn it into a money making venture.

2. Perform Market Research

Once you have an idea of what type of industry you’d like to work in, conduct market research before you start your own business. Figure out how many competitors you’ll face, how long others have been in business and whether there is room for another company in the niche.

Market research can uncover any underserved audiences you might be able to better reach than current players. You should also do a deep dive into the types of marketing others are utilizing and how you can expand your reach beyond what they do.

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3. Seek a Loan

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers numerous loans via third parties to help new entrepreneurs get started. SBA loans can cover a multitude of needs in the early stages of a startup. For example, you can finance around 85% of an acquisition of an existing business.

The SBA will guide and direct you through the process of securing the loan. More importantly, they serve as a valuable resource for building a strong company that can make timely payments and bring in a profit.

4. Set a Budget

Decide how much money you need for your new venture. Perhaps you plan to hire a few employees and must set aside enough money for wages and insurance. On the other hand, you might need equipment to set up a new hair salon or small factory.

Understanding the potential costs of initial supplies as well as how much daily operations might be has a huge impact on how successful you are with the money you use to start your own business.

A budget also keeps you accountable. Rather than impulsively making a big purchase that might not be lucrative, you’ll run it through the filter of your business plan and your estimated costs to ensure you aren’t wasting funds.

5. Become Agile

In a 2023 resilience survey, 84% of companies said they’ve discussed how crucial it is to be able to pivot from hardships. Agility means more than just changing marketing tactics or taking on new challenges.

In the early days of starting your own small business, it’s important to understand that things may not always work out at first. Being open to different ideas, input and new data can help you adapt and grow into the brand you’d like to become.

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6. Choose Your Options and Structure

No matter what type of company you have, you’ll want to ensure you can operate it the way you’d like. Perhaps you currently work in marketing for an agency or corporation but you’d like to work for yourself. Freelance gigs may be the ticket to start your own business.

A few ideas for businesses you can start on a shoestring include:

  • Marketing agency
  • Graphic design
  • House cleaning
  • Business services
  • Temporary work in transcription or virtual assistant work
  • Coaching

With thousands of ideas for small businesses, it’s impossible to list them all here, but you get the idea of how easy it is to strike out as part of a franchise or freelance your way to success.

7. Separate Your Funds

Before you hang your shutter, make sure you separate business and personal funds. Tax time is much easier when you keep things in a different account. You’ll also avoid overspending on personal expenses and running out of funds for your company’s daily operations.

Most banks offer “doing business as” accounts. Phone your local branches and find out what might work best for your needs. Some places require paperwork and others don’t. Some things rely on the state you’re in and what they need from you for tax purposes or payroll.

8. Gather the Right Team

Do you want to succeed as an entrepreneur? The people you hire and the team you surround yourself with can make or break your small business. You want to bring people into the fold who are smart, capable, fiercely loyal and willing to work toward building something greater.

Offer them fair salaries, treat them well and provide training and other perks. You’ll develop a diverse team of people who cheer you on throughout the harder times of building your own business.

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How to Start Your Own Business & Grow Fast

When you start your own business, you want to thrive and turn your passion into a successful model of entrepreneurship.

However, you’ll probably experience some turbulence along the way. Have a plan for how you’ll handle anything and everything — from disgruntled customers who don’t pay to overworked staff who need a vacation in the middle of a huge project.

When you plan ahead, you’ll have much more success with your endeavors. Follow the steps above and you’ll wind up with a strong business in the long run!

About the author : Janet Doré

Janet Doré is the founder and CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of Scribaceous, Inc., a boutique design company specializing in branding & graphic design, IHubApp PWAs, WordPress websites, and optimized blog content. She is also the proud creator of the Hub Mama program where she trains and mentors those looking to grow their own freelance Hubmaster business.

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