Money For Lunch – Getting Your Startup Off the Ground

Getting Your Startup Off the Ground

September 2, 2014 7:52 AM0 commentsViews: 21

 

Business Plan

Starting a business can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be difficult to get rolling. If you are thinking about starting your own business, read these tips for entrepreneurs:

Plan the Business

Business resources will always tell you that you need to start with a business plan because this step is absolutely essential for any new venture. This will make the case for the business, define products or service, identify a target audience, help plan and organize operations, lay out short term and long term goals and make financial projections. With a business plan in hand, it is much easier to get people on board and find funding.

Beyond the typical business plan, you should also have a good sense of what your brand looks like. Taking the time to really identify what your brand is and what it is not will go a long way as you begin efforts to increase awareness for your brand (particularly if what you are offering is something new that an established market does not exist for yet).

Get Funding

Securing funding is often the hardest part for new businesses, especially among first-time entrepreneurs. While there are a lot more financing options these days than ever before, it can be hard to know where to go and what to say to get the money you need to make your dream a reality. Anthemos Georgiades, CEO of Zumper, provides a lot of tips when it comes to dealing with venture capital and angel investors in an interview with TechCrunch. His top tips include relying on the data, being clear with your message, asking earnestly for what you want and being prepared to be rejected (at least at first).

Find Real Estate

Once you have a viable idea and the money needed to get it started, you will need a place to conduct your business. Running a business out of your home is acceptable when you are first getting started, but a legitimate company needs a full-time space to house it so that employees, investors and customers take it seriously.

When looking for real estate, there are a lot of things you need to consider. Christopher Hahn, a writer for Entrepreneur explains, “Choosing a space for your business is a huge decision, especially for startups. There’s much to consider, from hiring a real-estate broker to finding the right location to fine-tooth-combing through the lease.” When it comes to figuring out how much square footage you need and how long of a lease you will want, you should look at your business objectively to make the best decision for your particular circumstances.

Apart from the basics that you will need to figure out about your real estate needs, there are a lot of details that a local real estate broker will have input on to aid in your search. Knowing what you should expect in the way of maintenance fees, where your business should be located and how you can get the most for your money is something that a local expert can help you with throughout the process. Using a trusted real estate broker is the best way to ensure you will find the real estate that you need to conduct operations and grow the business.

 

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