We’ve all thought of starting our own business, even when we’re employees and we have a safe job, but the idea of being the “boss” and generating profits for one’s benefit is not something to be taken lightly.
Below are the easiest, most agile and efficient steps to start a business.
Find your business idea.
Facilitate and without complications, ask yourself: are there any unmet needs in your community? Do you have qualities that could be useful to someone else? Do you prepare a dish that is delicious? What do you like to do in your free time? You need to respond to one of these issues, and you will already have where to start working for your business.
Develop your business plan.
Many say that it was a waste of time, but it is an investment for your benefit. This will allow you to detect every need of the company and every opportunity, and identify aspects and processes that you did not even imagine were required for the business.
When you are finished, you will be an expert in each area of the project, and you will know in detail how much money you will need to open it, which will take us to the next step.
Identify your financing options.
Once you have the “list” of what you need to set up your business, separate what you already have from it, and then focus on what you need.
Keep in mind that in case you have to borrow, no financial institution will give you 100% of the total cost of the project, so you have to be very clear on what you will be contributing. Remember that the business will be yours and, therefore, it is logical that you also contribute something for its realization.
The most important thing when deciding which credit option best suits you is to know the interest rate, the term of the loan, the periodicity of the payment and the interest for late payment in case you get late for one or two payments. Do not sign anything you have not read and fully understood. Investigate the financing options that are in your locality.
Assuming you already have planned this, your next step will be to ask for permissions …
Comply with the regulations
There are certain procedures that are required by law for a business to operate in full formality.
In the federal government, the first thing to do is to register in the regime that suits you, depending on the activities that your company is going to carry out. There is a series of licenses and permits that each business must have. They vary in each state. The most common is that they ask you for safety requirements like having a fire extinguisher for a certain number of square meters, marking emergency exits and installing smoke detectors, among others.
Remember that it is for your safety and that of your customers, so it is worth it! There may also be other types of licenses that you should have according to the business, for example, restaurants, inns and any place that sells food, must apply for a health license, has no cost, and your clients will give you the certainty that you prepare food.
Open your business
What are you going to do at the opening for your customers? What exclusive promotions do you have for that day?