How to start and Organize your Startup – Initial Steps be Considered
To start one’s own business, a startup, is a dream of many people today. It is good to see dreams and then follow them as well. What you need is to make sure that you have a clear vision and a proper plan to execute your idea.
In this era of technology, some people prefer to do invest and do online business, while others opt for offline businesses. There are advantages and disadvantage in both cases, but it’s more about personal circumstances, interests, and preferences. Whether you are starting an online business or an offline one, you have to take care about some basic points that we are going to discuss in this article.
Before you start a startup, ask yourself the following questions:
If “Yes” is your answer for all the three questions, then congratulations! Most probably your startup will be a success. But if in anyway, there is even one NO in three of your answers, you should have a look on your plan again. None of the three points is rocket science. You may have sleepless nights, restless days, but at the end of the day, everything is doable.
Now we will discuss some major issues that most of the people face, who want to start their own business.
You may have thought of starting a business because you have some ideas in your mind that you think you can make money with, or maybe you got an idea about a better product that is already making some money. The most important thing before converting an idea into a business is to evaluate it. Now the question is how to evaluate an idea? You can easily find answer of this question by answering following simple yet important questions:
After evaluating your idea, your next step towards your start-up is to create a business plan. A well-thought-out business plan is an important thing for any new business. While making a business plan, you should:
Now we will look at the basic steps of writing a good business plan:
Each and every good business plan should have some basic sections. Make sure you include the following sections in your plan of start-up:
This is one of the most important part of your business plan. This segment includes all short term and long term financial condition of your business. Four basic financial statements that you have to include in the plan are:
Financial statements are actually formal financial records of your company.
In a successful business plan, potential customers and competitors are clearly identified. To identify your customers, ask three question:
When it comes to competitors, your questions should be:
You can easily snatch customers from your competitors, by:
Business plan of your company is actually a strategy that is prepared by understanding your surroundings, and then gives a future picture of your company.
After writing the business plan and researching for your customers and competitors, the next step is to establish your company. Establishment of a company depends on the country and/or State you want to register your business in. Establishing a company plays a role, even minor, in a country’s economy, and that is why, most of the countries have made easy procedures to get a company registered.
There are some firms that help people in establishing their start-ups. You can hire the services of any such firm, or a lawyer may also help you in this regard.
An important thing that we haven’t discussed yet in the process of setting-up and starting a start-up is Money. The money that you require to give your idea the shape you want to see it in. Some of the start-ups are self-funded, for instance, Microsoft, but many are not. A smart move is to add a partner who is willing to invest in your business, or in other words find an investor.
Finding an investor is not a very difficult task. When you have a good idea that actually can make money, you can find an investor with a little hard work. Brain storm your idea, put efforts in the business plan and then convince people who are interested in our idea to invest with you and become your partner.
As important as hiring a good team is to have in your team one or more serial entrepreneur who went through the process of starting a company, building it and existing from it by way of a merge/acquisition or otherwise. Companies like Cytex managed by people who built multiple tech startups are a great solution
Starting a start-up is not a monster. Unfortunately, many people get terrified even with the thought of starting a new business, but fortunately, it is much less complicates as it looks like form outside.