Small businesses are easy to start up because of the low capital requirement and due to the fact that you do not need a high level of staffing. However, there are some basic plans you would need to do before coming on stream.
What do you need to do?
1. Starting capital: You need to have a starting capital ready. The amount of money you need depends on the kind of business you have in mind and the level at which you wish to start off. Generally. You do not need a large amount of money to start, but you need to plan other areas so that the small income you start with would be judiciously utilized.
2. Location: The location where you site your new business is very important. You should think of a place where you would be guaranteed of high traffic coming to patronize you. It would be wise therefore to site your small business in the heart of town/city rather than in outskirt of the city where anybody can hardly hear about it. If it is sited in the heart of the city people would not pay huge amount on transport before they can get to you. After all you have just started, nobody knows you yet. So why should they spend that much to locate you when there are several people rendering the same services you wish to render to them?
3. Accommodation: You need a decent and cheap accommodation to start up your new business. You have to think of a place where your customer can be comfortable and feel relaxed when they come to patronize you. Therefore you should not use a dilapidated place that would cost you a fortune to put in shape. As you look for a decent accommodation you must remember you do not have to spend your life savings securing an accommodation. You need to look for something moderate yet decent. If possible you should pay for a least a year upfront and relax thereafter to do business. Sometimes the business may not pick up on time; so taking care of your accommodation means you would not be kicked out by your landlord because of failure to meet up monthly rents.
However, if you are very sure of encouraging daily sales it would be wise to settle for a monthly rent so you have enough capital to plough into your business.
4. Staffing: To start up you need few to moderate staff; you should get competent hands that are willing to work for a moderate pay so that you would be able to meet up with their monthly salaries. You can increase their salaries as your business grows. You must as a rule avoid hiring incompetent hands simply because they are cheap; instead employ few qualified hands and add your personnel services to theirs to put your business on its feet. You may employ cheap labour for the non-sensitive areas like cleaning, security, transport, etc. Everything must be moderate; don’t start two big otherwise you would run out of cash too soon and also out of business
5. Running capital: You need to have some reserved capital available for the daily running of the business. You need money for transportation/fueling, staff monthly salary, and miscellaneous expenses. Therefore, you should remember to keep aside some money that would help you to keep your business running.
6. Advertisement: Think of how to let people know about your business and the services you can render. You need to advertise your business either online or offline. You may need to print business cards or handbills which you distribute to customers. You may also need to place adverts on newspapers if you have the money. You definitely need to let people know your business exists so they would patronize you. On the internet you may use resources that wouldn’t cost you much – social media, blogs, e-books, newsletters, etc.