How to Start Your Own Business

Many people hate their jobs and would like to quit, but they feel forced to stay in a toxic work environment because they need the income. Money can be made in many different ways, however, and those who realize this often dream of starting their own business and leaving their old job far behind them.

Some of the benefits of starting a business are obvious: no more terrible boss, cramped commute, soul-crushing fluorescent lighting or cubicle farms. The prospect of setting one’s own schedule and enjoying flexible work hours is also attractive, particularly for those who have small children or need to care for elderly relatives. Of course, founding a successful business requires time, effort, startup capital and a healthy dose of courage – it can be a bit frightening, after all, to cut those corporate ties and strike out along a new path. It’s unwise to make any major decisions hastily or without plenty of information from several perspectives.   The first item on the agenda is the business plan. This is an all-important document that explains the purpose of the business, the products or services it will provide, the rationale for starting the company in the proposed location, and an analysis of any competition the new business will face. Business plans help establish the solid framework that any viable business needs to take root and grow. A well-written business plan is also crucial for attracting investors and potential business partners.   Business plans can take months to come together and should be completed before most other tasks can be accomplished. However, many people use this time to hone their business skills, join the local Chamber of Commerce, grow more comfortable with accounting and recordkeeping and otherwise absorb knowledge that will be useful in the new venture. Many community centers and municipal governments offer free business counseling and hold helpful seminars on related topics; these can be fantastic opportunities to learn and network. They can also simplify the process of choosing and securing a location for the business.   There are several factors to consider when selecting the best place to found a business. In many areas, very small companies that only have two or three employees – for example, a dropshipping firm that does business online and doesn’t have a physical showroom – can operate out of a house or outbuilding constructed on residential property; in other towns, this is illegal. It’s wise to understand the law before signing a lease.   Capital for the new business may come directly from the founder(s), from investors or from grants and loans. Crowd-sourced loans are a terrific way for small startup firms to find investors; most banks that offer crowdsourcing use an auction-style application process in which potential investors bid on loan requests. It’s often possible to secure very low interest rates using this technique.   New businesses also need a tax identification number and must register to pay state and local taxes. The founder must also register the business name and obtain any required licenses, bonds, permits and insurance policies; these should be in place before the first day of business. Individuals who start their own business and intend to hire employees must also comply with all federal, state and local regulations that govern hiring and firing.


+Amanda Cusack writes about many business topics, including how you can be successful in starting your own business. One thing she strongly suggests is to consider a dropshipping business.

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