Starting Up

  • It can be easy for your heart to rule your head when you find a business you want to buy. However, if you don’t do thorough research before signing on the dotted line, you may regret it. Before buying a business, you need to establish its worth and whether the returns are going to be Read More
  • Before you start a business, you need to know exactly how much money you’ll need, and where it’s coming from. You’re out of business fast if you fall short before you’ve started. Why you need to plan ahead If you want to see your new business start-up succeed, you can reduce some of the financial Read More
  • Before you start a business, and perhaps leave a job, try working out if your idea will be worth the risk. If you’re confident there’s a genuine demand for your potential product or service (and at the price you want), the next step is to work out how much you need to sell each month Read More
  • Getting your business up and running and making a profit is usually much more difficult than it sounds. This article focuses on the skills you’ll need to make it happen, either by acquiring these yourself or consulting professionals to help you out. What it really means to be your own boss Being your own boss Read More
  • 1. Put together a strong advisory team Starting a business can be a lonely process and thinking you can do it all yourself is the road to extra stress and pressure. Study successful business owners and you’ll find they have surrounded themselves with a strong group of advisers. A typical core team would include an Read More
  • Many people underestimate start-up costs and start their business on the back foot financially. This can mean a long crawl up to your breakeven point and into profitability. Quite often it results in the business never making a profit at all. What you need to do is prepare an estimate of capital costs you will Read More
  • The break-even point is the point at which your company makes enough money to cover its costs. Past this point, the company starts to make profit. Finding the break-even point through the analysis of costs is one of the most useful processes an entrepreneur can undertake. It helps you answer questions such as: What volume Read More
  • A SWOT analysis is used to help fine-tune your business strategy by examining internal and external factors that may help or hinder your business. Identifying and understanding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats – that’s what SWOT stands for – allows you to address them and make smarter decisions moving forward. A SWOT analysis will Read More
  • So you have a great business idea and are convinced you can make it work, but you don’t have much capital to get your business off the ground. Juggling existing financial commitments such as a mortgage or bank loans could put a squeeze on your business plans. A growing number of entrepreneurs are using creative Read More
  • 1. Generate sales as quickly as possible Your first priority when you launch your business is to gain some traction in the market as quickly as possible. Some tips: Ensure you have a compelling point of difference Build and promote your credibility Work for free or less than the normal rate in return for endorsements Read More
  • Document the positives in your business plan to persuade both yourself (the most important person) and stakeholders such as lenders, investors, suppliers and potential customers that your business idea is sound. 1. Your idea has a strong point of difference To survive in business, you need a compelling point of difference. Period. Something that clearly Read More
  • An idea can be a business’s most valuable asset. Whether it’s a business name, an original product or a portfolio of designs, your business will have intellectual property (IP) that needs to be protected. It’s also important to understand how intellectual property rights work. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a lengthy and potentially expensive Read More
  • If you’re looking impartially and unemotionally at the options ahead when starting your own business, you have to admit simply buying one already in operation is incredibly appealing. Not only do you get experienced staff and an existing customer base, you also get established premises, a well-known brand and a network of suppliers thrown into Read More

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