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12 Easy Steps to Start Your Business in 2022

  • Felix Rose-Collins
  • 5 min read
12 Easy Steps to Start Your Business in 2022

Intro

Within each person, there's this one great idea that could improve their financial situation forever. So many think about starting a business, but not all actually pursue it.

We've asked around and discovered the biggest impediment to aspiring business owners everywhere: not knowing what to do. There's a lot of confusing and conflicting information online. So, in this post, we're giving you an easy-to-follow plan.

Before anything, we recommend that you register your company once you choose a business name. This helps avoid legal issues and entitles your business to get benefits it may be qualified for.

Create a business in just 12 steps! Here's how:

Begin with a Self-Evaluation

You'll be the de-facto head of the enterprise you're trying to build. Therefore, it's important to make sure that your heart and mind are in the right place. This first step can also narrow down the industries you may want to enter.

Investigate your motivations for wanting to start one. If it's to get out of a nine-to-five job, starting a shirt design and printing business may not be ideal.

But just as important is aligning it with your passion and skills. During the first months, you may be the only one working. The last thing you want to happen is to get burned out or be unable to solve a problem.

Focus on Your Big Idea

If you want to learn how to start your own business, you should be able to answer this question: how would it help others? Flesh out this big idea by seeing how you can:

  • Apply your expertise in an underserved market;
  • Improve on any existing goods or services;
  • Address something that personally bothers you;
  • Enter a market before it becomes oversaturated.

Further, refine the idea by asking around. There must be an actual need for what you want to offer. Otherwise, no one's going to take notice.

Test the Viability of Your Idea

You do this by conducting market research. Chances are, someone's already doing what you plan on doing. That's good news!

This is proof that the idea is profitable. Now, look at the competition as well as their strengths and weaknesses. How can you make your version better than theirs?

Conduct surveys and interviews to get a fuller picture of what the market looks like. Don't just rely on secondary data or online sources, as these may be outdated already.

Take It on a Test Run

Now that you've proven that the idea works, gather feedback from the market.

Know that you don't have to offer it to everyone yet. Have trusted people who fit the profile of your ideal customer try your offer.

This way, you'll be able to work out any kinks and improve your offer. You can also take this as an opportunity to get positive feedback. This will help enhance the social proof even before you fully launch.

Make Things Official

In the eyes of the government, a company only starts to exist after legal registration. This means that before it's registered, anyone can steal your idea and business name.

So as soon as you're confident about your offer, register your business ASAP. How you'll do this depends on the state where you're registering it. Be prepared to take care of a lot of permits and read through a lot of rules to get this done.

As an alternative, many people try getting a small business lawyer. But if that's out of your budget, many websites exist that register your company on your behalf for much less money.

Make a Business Plan

This will serve as a blueprint for your company. But it doesn't have to be comprehensive unless you need a bank loan. For your purposes, a one-page version will do the job.

In creating one, include the following details:

  • Which problem your enterprise solves;
  • What you do to solve it;
  • A profile of your ideal customers;
  • SWOT analysis;
  • Marketing strategies;
  • Financial information (how to ensure profitability, projected returns, etc.).

This document should evolve with the organization. Update it from time to time to reflect any changes.

Address Financing Concerns

Starting a business will always begin with operating at a loss. Before investing a lot of time into it, secure funding source/s.

Consider the following ways that you can do so:

  • Get a loan;
  • Use your savings;
  • Start a crowdfunding campaign;
  • Get an advance from an interested customer;
  • Seek the help of friends and family.

Entrepreneurship is grounded on inventiveness. Use this as an opportunity to exercise that ability to fund your way to financial freedom.

With loans, don't borrow more than what you can afford. Leave yourself some allowance to rebuild financially should things go wrong.

Develop Your Offer

Using everything that you learned during market research and the initial rollout, improve your offer. Essentially, retain the good and eliminate the bad.

But past feedback shouldn't be the only basis. For example, what is your competition doing? We love checking the competition because it lets us see how a new idea works without risking any assets.

It's not just about the quality of the offer. Think about how you're going to make it more appealing to the target audience. Perhaps look into creating package deals to enhance customer convenience.

Your pricing strategy is important as well. If you're having difficulties with any part of product or service development, outsource to specialists. They can help you hone in on your offer until it's ready for launch.

Create Your Team

As the leader of the organization, you should set the tone and direction. But this doesn't mean you're going to be doing everything.

Working as a one-person team may be possible at the beginning, but it's not sustainable. If you want to scale, you'll have to trust a team to do the work for you.

This doesn't mean that you need a full-on team at the beginning. Perhaps to start, just hire another person to share the workload. And as the enterprise grows, you can get even more people.

Before you publish a job post, consider what you need right now. Then, list the qualifications and the job description. Being clear about what you expect will help you find the right fit.

Establish a Business Location

Remember your business plan? Go back to your ideal customers and consider where they hang out. This ensures that your brand will get exposure from an audience already interested in what you offer.

This doesn't have to be a physical location. If you're selling a digital product, it makes sense to expand your online presence instead. Make a website and create social media pages where potential customers can interact with your brand.

Strategize. If you're working on a limited budget, start with locations that will bring the most ROI.

Generate Sales

You already have the marketing assets. Maybe you have even set up your ecommerce website. Now, focus on making those assets work for you. There are many techniques and strategies that you can employ to get people to buy.

The best approach will depend on your product. If you're selling shoes, advertising on Instagram might work.

Meanwhile, selling online security solutions would mean investing in creating content to prove your expertise in the field. No matter the approach, set key performance indicators to determine whether your chosen strategies are working for you.

Scale Up

Once you can consistently and predictably bring in sales, it's time to focus on growth. And how you go about this depends on you. These may prove beneficial in exploring avenues for scaling up:

  • Expand your offer to related products;
  • Acquire a new business;
  • Invest heavily in marketing;
  • Explore a new target market.

What will work best depends on the environment and the existing budget. Growth means additional investment, so take that into account as well.

Let's Celebrate Your Entrepreneurial Spirit!

Now that you know how to build your business from scratch, it's time to put what you learned into action. It may seem overwhelming at first, but the mere act of starting can give you the momentum you need to continue to the finish line.

Did you notice that we didn't stop with simply setting up your venture? We also talked about growth. This means that the job's never done!

This undertaking can be challenging at times but keep fighting! Your talent and dedication will surely be rewarded.

Felix Rose-Collins

Felix Rose-Collins

is the Co-founder of Ranktracker, With over 10 years SEO Experience . He's in charge of all content on the SEO Guide & Blog, you will also find him managing the support chat on the Ranktracker App.

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