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How to make your small business up and running

    • 14 posts
    December 2, 2012 12:34 AM EST

    Such an informative thread we have here! Also, as a startup entrepreneur, I can really say that building a strong foundation is key. You should know your audience and be able to communicate to them. Choose the right people that will help you build the business and stay with you all the way. Proper business clarity is also clear. I learned a lot from brandsforthepeople.com, such a helpful site.

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    April 25, 2012 3:01 AM EDT

    Thanks for sharing this article!Starting your own business is really great,because you can choose something that you really like and earn money doing that.You can be your own boss and make your own decisions,but the first question you should concentrate on is what you would like to do and what can bring your success.This balance is very important to keep because there's no sense to do something interesting, but not profitable.And of course you need to count how much money you need for that.Very often money becomes the point where dreams of your own business ends.But this problem has a solution,for example you can ask direct payday lenders about financial help .Also it's very important to follow your business plan and manage the expenses, because at the early start it's very easy to make the business disadvantageous.



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    August 23, 2011 8:34 PM EDT

    Hi BYTRADE, I have gone through most of your posts and I found your posts to be very informative and helpful. Thanks for sharing such helpful and beneficial information.

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    September 19, 2012 8:48 PM EDT

    It seems to be quite impressive information and I think a toll free number also can be very helpful in making a small business famous and successful. Free calling service of these numbers always attracts the customers towards the business. That’s why these numbers are considered as the perfect marketing strategy for any business.

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    July 9, 2012 2:57 AM EDT

    Thank for the information, i think the main concept of success depends on the planning, and we lack that caliber.

     

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    July 18, 2012 11:48 PM EDT

    Everybody knows that the failure rate of a new small businesses is high, but if we are fully prepared for our journey then it will improve your chances for success. Without proper business strategy we can't get success or we can't grow in our business whether it is small or or big.

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    December 29, 2011 7:57 AM EST

    This is an informative post, thank you.

     

    Small businesses have a problem with delegation of tasks because of the lack of employees. The best way to resolve this is by hiring an outsourcing company to take care of things for you. This is so much more beneficial as this cuts down cost, ensure experienced employees will handle a particular task for you, and overall improve your productivity. 

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    August 16, 2011 8:39 PM EDT

    It is no secret that these have been tough times for everyone. Yes, starting a business may sound daunting and expensive, but it need not be either. In fact, what it can also be is interesting and exciting, especially if you know what to expect and what you are doing.

    Here's a good path to follow:

     

    1.   Plan ahead
    You've got the inspiration. Do you really need a business plan?

    Plenty of people argue yes. One is Sean Hackney, who co-founded Roaring Lion Energy Drink in Sun Valley, Calif., and grew it from a $62,000 investment to the No. 2 energy drink in bars and nightclubs. Hackney says writing a business plan was "absolutely" worthwhile: "I had a lot of stuff in my head that needed [to be] put on paper."

    Entrepreneurship professor William B. Gartner of Clemson University in South Carolina analyzed data from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, a national survey of more than 800 people in the process of starting businesses. He found that writing a plan greatly increased the chances a person would actually go into business.

    2.   Analyze the business: Once you have some idea of a business that fits your goals and lifestyle, the next step is to analyze your idea. Who will be your customers? Who will be your competition?

     

    3: Make it legal: There are several ways to form a business:

    • It could be a sole proprietorship

    • It could be a partnership

    • It could be a limited liability company (LLC)

    • Or it could be a corporation.

    Generally speaking, the latter two options are preferable because they limit your personal liability and create a business that is separate and apart from you. You will also need to get the proper business licenses and permits from your city, county, and/or state. Start with your city business office and see what they recommend.

    You should also check out your insurance options, and find a good accountant and lawyer to be on your team.

    4: Draft a business plan: If you will be seeking outside financing from friends, relatives, investors, or a bank, a business plan is a necessity. But even if you are going to self-finance the venture, drafting a business plan will help you figure out

    1. How much money you will need

    2. What roadblocks to be on the lookout for

    3. How long it should take before becoming profitable

    It is like a pilot's flight plan – a business plan helps you figure out how you are going to get from here to there.

    5: Get financed: Most small businesses begin with money from savings, credit cards, personal loans, help from family, friends, and do on. You should also check out Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loans. These loans, administered by banks, offer great terms.

     

    5. Find your first customers
    Your first customers are key--and not just because they're turning on the revenue spigot. They also legitimize your idea, demonstrating that there actually is a market for your products and services.

    They're also a source of valuable feedback that will help improve your business so more customers keep coming in. Don't overlook the opportunity to ask if you can turn some of the positive feedback into testimonials.

    Where do you find your first customers? The answer varies somewhat based on your industry, but one common strategy is to leverage your personal and professional contacts--and their contacts. Those could include former employers, employees and customers, contacts within your civic activities, such as Rotary or Kiwanis, and tradespeople and professionals, anyone from your dentist to your plumber

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    May 2, 2012 9:19 PM EDT

    Planning, research and vision are extremely important to start any website apart from finance. Find our own niche and research well on the subject before going public with a website. Also do a competitor analysis to know your next action plan. Market well with SEO and SMM.

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    August 2, 2012 8:11 PM EDT

    Proper time management is important for every business owner. When starting a new venture you need to adjust ways of working and maintain schedules that work best for you.

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    November 21, 2012 4:28 PM EST

     

    Making right decisions in a business are very important as every different step is said to have risk involved with it. Starting the venture with a firm foundation lowers your chances to face any let down during fluctuation in the market.

     

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    September 26, 2012 8:41 PM EDT

     

    Quality of your product and services might be able to bring some changes in position of your business therefore it is a common advice for the people who are owner of small business to present their best quality products in front of their customers.

     

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    October 2, 2012 2:24 AM EDT

     

    The strategic information presented in this post might help you in gaining privilege of  information which might help us in increasing our business.

     

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