There are more than 28 million small businesses in the U.S. today, and that number is constantly growing. Whether you’re looking for freedom from a corporate job or a way to supplement income, starting your own small business can be a rewarding, exciting decision.
But taking the plunge to launch your business can be daunting. You’ll likely worry about having enough money, about whether you know which steps you need to take, and about what will happen if your business isn’t successful. If you’re considering launching your own business, check out these four tips before you take the plunge.
1. Set Clear Goals
While making money is always a goal when starting a new business, there are usually other driving factors as well. Maybe you want the freedom to be your own boss. Or you want to set your own hours and work from wherever you choose. Sometimes entrepreneurs choose to start a new business while working another job, for personal fulfillment or to earn additional income.
Setting clear goals for what you’d like to achieve as a new business owner will help you measure your progress along the way, and can be a great way to stay motivated throughout the process.
2. Start with a Budget and Separate Personal and Business Accounts
Especially when launching a new business using your own personal funds, a budget is essential. Without a clear budget and separate business and personal bank accounts, it can be easy for the lines between your new company and your own money to blur. Before you start purchasing supplies or inventory, craft a budget that estimates what you think it’ll cost to start your own business.
Many new business owners underestimate exactly how much it will cost to launch their new business. But while additional costs that you didn’t account for are sure to pop up at some point, a budget can help ensure that the basics for your business are covered, to minimize the need to dip into your personal finances.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Every new business owner faces their share of challenges. But don’t let the horror stories scare you off. It’s a widespread misconception that the majority of new small businesses fail within their first year. A stunning 80 percent of businesses succeed in their first year.
To make sure that your business is one of those that is successful past the one-year mark, it’s important to ask for help when facing a challenge that you don’t know how to tackle, whether that means finding a mentor in the industry or consulting entrepreneurial experts.
4. Never Stop Learning
Adapting your business to meet new trends and to changing customer interests is a never ending process, which makes it all the more important that you continue to strive to learn new skills and stay up-to-date on the industry.
Look for courses in finance or marketing from local universities. Take online classes on digital business strategies. Listen to podcasts or read books offering business advice. Watch videos or check out other resources that Amway provides to entrepreneurs looking to launch and grow their business.
Launch Your Business and Become an Entrepreneur Today
If you’re ready to take the plunge and launch your own business, use these tips as a guide to help you get started. With a little help and a lot of work, anyone can become a business owner. If you have a dream of breaking free from your current career and becoming your own boss, or even just a dream of supplementing your current income, it’s time to start planning your future business today.