The rising cost of living is hitting Brits hard, and many are now weighing up their options to make their cash go further. Some are changing their careers; others are investing in Cryptocurrency and some are even taking a second job to make ends meet.
Starting a new business is another popular path many Brits are taking in the hope of earning more money and ending their financial stress. Launching a start-up is an exciting project. However, when faced with an almost never-ending list of things to do before you can open your doors, it can feel daunting, especially if you’re new to the business world.
In this article, we explore how to get your start-up off the ground.
Write up your business plan
A business plan is a written document that details the specifics and workings of your business. It should include information on your target audience and how you’ll market your business, along with your business goals and how you plan to measure the success of your company.
Having a business plan is crucial not only for starting your business but also for securing investments and funding from third parties.
Consider your marketing tactics
Marketing your business will be vital to its success every step of the way, so you’ll need to think about which marketing tactics will suit you and your company best.
Digital marketing such as social media ads and e-newsletters is a popular choice in today’s modern world, but that doesn’t mean print marketing doesn’t still have its place. Investing in business cards for you and your employees will allow you to reach your target audience while reinforcing your brand identity.
Consider your finances
Before you can start making money from a new business, you’ll have to invest a certain amount first. While you may be able to obtain funding from an investor or two, it’s likely you’ll have to rely on a good chunk of your own money in the early stages of getting your business up and running.
Take some time to assess your financial situation and determine how much capital you have, as you’ll need to be financially secure until you reach a point where your company is making enough for you to pay yourself a salary and cover your living costs.
You may need some financial support getting your business off the ground, either in the form of a start-up loan or funding from an investor. A start-up loan is not the same as a grant, and you’ll need to pay back the money you’ve borrowed, plus any interest you’ve incurred.
Register your business
Regardless of whether you’re a sole trader or running a limited company, you’re legally required to register your business before you can begin trading or providing a service. Depending on the nature of your business you may also need to obtain licensing. For example, a license to serve alcohol.