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Top Tips for Starting a New Successful Business

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Starting your own business can be very scary. There are so many things to think about. How do you know if your business will be profitable? What if you fail? How will you pay the startup costs? These are just a few of the questions that come to mind when you decide to start a new successful business. You will have to move past the fear and get started at some point.

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I have seen more millennials begin to create their own businesses than any other generation. Graduating from college with the feeling that you’re not being paid what you are worth is most likely the cause. A lot of us are not even paid enough to pay off our student loans which is unfortunate, but a reality.

So now you have decided that you would like to start your own new, successful business but you are unclear where to begin. The best advice is to lay a strong foundation for your business from the beginning. Start from the very bottom and build your business from the ground up.

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Research Your Niche

Research is essential to anything that involves investing money. You have to be sure that there is a need for the thing that you want to sale or else it is all a waste. Do not put money into a business without a niche. That is why many new businesses fail. Take the time to be sure that other people want to buy what you are planning to sell. Create a survey or check out your potential competitors. Gain insight from your family and friends as well.

Is there a company that currently sells the product that you would like to sale? Is there a way for your to make the product work more efficiently than the one that your competitors are selling? You need to have a product that is new and exciting to make customers support your business over a competitor. Do not rush through your research as this is the most important thing for a new successful business.

Think About Your Ideal Customer

Determine who your product is geared towards before starting your business. There would be no point in starting a business without a customer in mind. If you market your business to everyone, you’re not marketing your business to anyone at all. Knowing exactly who your customer is will help you tailor your product for your customer as they evolve. Always market to your ideal customer as they will become your loyal customers. 

Ask yourself what problem your customer has and how your business can solve that problem. Sit down and create every detail about this person including a name. Hang the details of your customer on the wall and focus only on this person during brainstorming sessions. Your business will become more focused and attract your ideal customer because you know exactly who they are.

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Create Your Business Plan

The business plan is a very important part of starting a new successful business. Starting a business without a plan is like asking for a disaster. You already know your ideal customer and how you plan to solve their problem so this part should be easy. Your business plan should include your basic concept, a marketing strategy, a plan to implement your strategy, your key products and how they differ from other company’s products, your target market, and the financial needs of your business.

This may seem like a lot, but it is imperative. Make your plan very detailed. This may take some time, but you will be able to come back to your business plan whenever you need inspiration or feel the need to refocus. Make it detailed, not necessarily long. If you are going to seek funds from outside sources, you will already have your plan in place and you will only need to present your plan to the potential investors. If you complete your business plan and realize that this business is not a good idea, you can change directions. You have not spent any money and you can go back to the drawing board.

Continue To Educate Yourself

Education is very important when starting a new successful business. Your target market will evolve continuously and your need to ensure that your business has the ability to evolve as well. Create a line in your business budget for education expenses and use the money to continue learning. Conferences and online course provide the best networking and education opportunities but don’t be afraid to read books about building businesses and your niche.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is a great resource to get you started. This is an interesting book about changing the way companies are built as well as the way products are launched. The book is geared towards startup businesses. Ries states that a startup business is an organization that is dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. It is said to be a must read for every entrepreneur

Do Not Compare Your Business

Do not compare your business or your success to other businesses. Starting a new successful business is hard and it takes time. Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint. A track coach once told me not to look at my opponent during the race. It slows you down and you are not able to focus on finishing your race strong. Direct all of your focus to your own business and be confident that you will succeed.

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When you apply these tips, your business will have a solid foundation from the beginning. In the beginning, you will be vulnerable and protective of your work because this is your baby. Just don’t forget to also be receptive to constructive criticism. Take notes and make changes as you see fit. Let go of your fears and be confident in your product. The best way to calm the fear of water is to jump right in. Apply this same principle to your business. Yes, it is incredibly scary to put yourself out there, but how will you ever succeed if you never try?

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