What to Consider When Setting Up a Business

by - 16 October

 
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Setting up a business and becoming your own boss is an exciting yet overwhelming decision. There are lots of things to think about which might be making you feel quite anxious. The trick is to slow down and get yourself a trusty notepad so that you can write down your ideas and priorities. Make sure you’re 100% ready before you take the next step. 


Consider your business name and branding, your target audience and other logistics like where you plan to operate from. Will you need to rent an office or a store, or can you operate from your home? Will you need to hire staff, or will you be a one-man band for the time being? If you’re hiring staff, will they need to have any qualifications or can they be trained on the job?

You’ll need to register with HMRC so that you don’t end up facing any tax mix-ups. Do some research into whether or not it would be better for you to operate as a sole trader or a limited business and start to track your expenses, like office furniture or a new computer. If you’re not really a numbers kind of person, it’s probably worth hiring an accountant to deal with this side of the business.
 

 Get yourself a website set up, perhaps with some help from an SEO agency so that your prospective customers/clients can find you online. A fully optimised website is an absolute must nowadays and it needs to work well across all different types of devices. In fact, if you want people to know you exist, marketing should be one of your key priorities, both digital and otherwise. You could take promotional pens along to any of your upcoming pitch meetings, invest in a sign or hand out flyers. When it comes to marketing, there are countless options, so do your research and find out what works for your competitors.

Take your time and get some professional advice if you think that will help. This is a big step in your career, and you should keep an open mind. There will be bumps in the road but with some hard work and perseverance, you should eventually succeed. 

What other things would you consider when setting up a business? Let me know in the comments below and while you are here why not check out more of my lifestyle content?

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