These days, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have the dream of starting their own business. After all, what possibly could be better than being your own boss and bringing your very own vision to life? That being said, jumping into the world of business can be daunting, especially given the statistics on just
These days, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have the dream of starting their own business. After all, what possibly could be better than being your own boss and bringing your very own vision to life? That being said, jumping into the world of business can be daunting, especially given the statistics on just how many startups fail within their first year. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. If you’re an ambitious young entrepreneur, the good news is that there are a plethora of things you can do to start off strong and guide you on the right path. Here are some of the most important things you can do to increase your chance of success.
- Gain some experience
In order to succeed in business, you’ll need more than just your creative energy and passion for your idea. It really goes without saying, but a key component in starting off strong is gaining an intimate understanding of the industry you plan to launch your new business into. Experience is essential, and it could come in the form of working or apprenticing in your chosen industry for a number of years before getting your idea off the ground. Doing so gives you the valuable opportunity to learn how the business operates from the inside.
- Write a business plan
Having an idea that you feel passionate about is indeed the first step in starting your own business, but where do you go from there? How do you give life to your idea? Start by writing a business plan. Writing a business plan gives you the opportunity to evaluate your idea in greater detail, and allows you to set realistic goals and milestones in place for the eventual growth and development of your company. Having a business plan to refer to gives you a sense of accountability, and makes it easier to stay on top of what you need to do.
- Familiarise yourself with your competition
If you hope to start your own business, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with what is already out there as your competition. After all, not all businesses stem from a revolutionary idea, and that’s okay. In fact, a large number of successful businesses stem from an improvement to a pre-existing concept. To start a successful business, and to start off strong as opposed to falling at the first hurdle, you’ll need to understand that offering your customers something noticeably better than the competition is key to drawing them away from the familiar. And it doesn’t just end there. You’ll always have to stay on your toes to be ahead of the rest.
- Understand your market
The key to a successful, long-lasting business is the intimate understanding of your market and customer demographic. Without the knowledge of who your target audience are, and what their specific needs and wants might be, you’ll have little chance of success. In fact, failing to understand your market is amongst one of the top reasons why new businesses fail. Take the time to do thorough research before launching, as this will help you to identify key components of your business, such as your marketing, price points and more.
- Find a mentor
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of bringing your vision to life, you might get swept up in wanting to make important business decisions on your own because, after all, you are your own boss. In reality, making these challenging decisions alone with a lack of experience and knowledge can often be more detrimental than anything, which is why finding a mentor is one of the most important things a young entrepreneur can do. Business mentors have been there, done that, and their valuable knowledge and experience can really help you to make smarter business decisions. You can network and use other resources to find a suitable mentor, or it could be someone that you know, perhaps family or a friend of a friend.
- Prepare to make sacrifices
In business, it’s all about sacrifices. We hate to say it, but there is rarely such thing as an overnight success. You have to start somewhere and, usually, that’s from the very bottom. To really get your business off the ground, it’s all about having an intense level of dedication. Without it, you’re likely to fall at the first hurdle. Before delving into the world of business, you really need to consider whether countless hours of hard work before you begin to see any semblance of growth is something you are really cut out for. If so, then what’s stopping you?
Written by Stuart Cooke, blog editor at NI Parcels .