Guest Post by Elston marcelo
The world of business making is never a stable source of income. There is always the risk of failure. A good businessman should always be aware of these things and therefore be prepared. So what would it take for even a small business to grow and prosper?
An aspiring entrepreneur should make sure to prepare a few things first before starting up his/her own business. Eagerness is good, but doing it slowly and surely fits just right when money is involved, especially if the company is still in the initial stages of development and operation. These things are very important and must not in any way be ignored. .
A good business plan is what starts a good company, just like a good blueprint is the keystone to an amazing building. Before everything else, think about what the business should be and how it must be done. What should the business be all about? How should the service and/or product be served to the customers?
Enjoy it like a hobby.
There is a famous line in a movie that goes, “If you are good at something, don’t do it for free.” An old saying also stated that if a person likes and enjoys his/her job, he/she wouldn’t treat it as a job but as a hobby. The same can be said when starting up a business – why not set it in line with a hobby or a passion? This way, being good at something not only brings enjoyment in life, but steady income as well.
Choose your business partners well.
Two heads are better than one, they say. Having a business partner to share opinions and ideas with will surely be better than handling everything alone. Friends or relatives who share the same goals and preferences make the best partners.
Keep a stable job.
Having a stable career helps in starting up a business in a lot of ways. Financial stability is ensured since money is coming in from more than one source. The money earned from steady work can also be used as capital. And when things go bad for the business, there’s always the regular salary to serve as security.
Secure an initial market base.
A business would not grow if there is nobody to make use of its products and/or services. So why not secure potential customers and clients before starting up the business? Consider building up the business contact list with prospected clients, investors and customers. That way, as soon as the company starts up, it would also be operational right away.
Seek professional help.
A jack of all trades is a master of none. A person who does everything by himself/herself, even if he/she doesn’t have enough knowledge on some of it, may be a liability in the future. Hire an attorney to help settle legal matters. Nobody wants to hire a plumber to do an electrician’s job.
Secure business aids.
Starting up a business means opening a door to the professional world. Before opening up for business, make sure the business cards, business phone/fax, the office and other such things are ready for use.
Settle legal and tax requirements and issues.
Tie up the loose ends so as to avoid any possible complication in the future. Make sure any legal issues are straightened out, if there are any. Nobody wants to be burdened with issues like these especially when the business is expanding.
Although nowadays countless small businesses are scattered everywhere, no two are exactly alike. It can be said that businesses are as unique as people are different from each other. However, there are some characteristics shared by each and every business out there that help secure their success. These are outlined below:
Determine the target.
Even Walmart cannot sell every product there is out there. Instead of trying to please everybody, consider targeting a specific group of people. Think about their age, social status, preferences and community. Knowing these will help determine how and what the service should be all about.
Build a good team.
What drives a company? The people working for it, of course. It all starts with knowing who are best suited for which job. Filtering numerous applicants is essential. Check your prospective employees’ background, test their moral and professional character through interviews, and gauge skill levels through assessments and examinations.
Promptness and punctuality are priceless.
Nobody really appreciates delayed service. Being early or on time would build a lasting relationship with the clients and customers. It also strengthens the reputation of the business. Time and risk management is essential in making the deadline.
Positive attitude works every time.
Being grumpy and unappreciative does not make anybody more likable. When interacting with customers and staff members alike, project a positive aura every time. Smiling and saying “thank you” are just small things that can help in making a good impression.
Leave your comfort zone.
Everything in the world changes. There will be a time when a certain task must be accomplished by covering new grounds. Do not be afraid to try out new things.
Consistency is the key.
One important factor to consider when aiming for success is consistency. Being consistent is the key to a great customer experience. Of course, it would not be enough if the service or product provided does not evolve or improve over time. The goal is to provide the same high quality of products and services to every customer all the time.
Starting up a small business might be tiring, and it requires a lot of effort. But if it is handled properly, and with some luck, the business can grow into something that can benefit everybody. Following the examples above is just the start. Where the business goes is ultimately up to the businessman’s hands.
About the Author: Elston Marcelo is an all-around marketing and investment guy. In the morning, he works as a marketing consultant for Business Aid Centre, a small business grants and loans assistance provider In his free time, he writes for blogs and shares his knowledge through different blogs on the internet.