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Right now, increasing numbers of people are looking to set their own businesses up. This is completely understandable. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to how unreliable employment can actually be and how disposable many employees are seen in regards to business operations. By running your own business, you can become your own boss, make your own decisions and decide the fate and direction of your own company. Of course, this is going to take some work to get started. There are all sorts of areas that you can focus on, but for now, here are just a few to take into consideration!

Invest in Something to Sell

As the saying goes, you have to speculate to accumulate. When starting any business, you’re going to have to invest time, money and effort into the product or service you’re deciding to sell. This means conducting a whole lot of product development to create a viable product. Then, you need to undertake market research to see whether this is something that the consumer market is genuinely interested in and would generally spend money on. Once you’ve found something that works, you can dive head first into the manufacturing process and start generating profits!

Invest in Equipment

You’re likely going to need to invest in equipment for you and any staff you may have to carry out the jobs that need to be done to keep your business operating. Some common equipment that businesses invest in include laptops, computers, ergonomic office furniture and equipment and more. This may seem like a lot of money to spend out, but it will provide you with the essentials required to make a profit. The good news is that you can generally buy in bulk and save this way.

Invest in Software

There’s also software that can help you and your staff to get work done on the devices that you purchase. Generally speaking, there’s plenty of generalised software out there that you can use. This will meet your general needs and will allow you and your staff to complete day to day tasks and activities. Many will automatically be installed on your devices when you buy them. Others will need to be purchased and may require some sort of subscription plan for continued use. Of course, it’s a good idea to see whether there’s a free trial available before purchasing. This will give you the opportunity to test it out and ensure that it ticks all of your boxes. If you’re looking for something a little more specialist and specific, make sure to consider custom software. This can be specially designed to ensure that you and your staff can complete work faster, more accurately and more efficiently. This, of course, is going to be more expensive, but all in all it’s worth it. You could also consider options like iot cores.

Register Your Business

Of course, as your business begins to grow, you’ll see larger amounts of money being spent as well as brought in. You’ll have more outgoings and more responsibilities. So, most people will, at this point, register their business with Companies house. This is official company formation and will ensure that your personal finances and your business’ finances are two, separate legal entities. If you fail to officially form your company, your business’ finances will be tied with your own and you could find yourself in significant financial trouble if your business ever begins to experience hardship. If your business does unfortunately begin to make losses, or needs to be dissolved or made bankrupt, you don’t want bailiffs turning up at your door to repossess your personal assets or to request payments from your personal bank account.

Seek Out an Accountant

Any good business owner should also seek out an accountant. Sure, you probably could do your taxes yourself. But at the end of the day, an accountant is going to be able to do them much more accurately. They’ll know the ins and outs of the tax system and will know what you can deduct and expense fairly too.

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Of course, there are countless other steps that you’ll inevitably find yourself taking when it comes to actually getting your business up and running. It’s a long and hard process and you’re going to face challenges and bumps along the way. But all in all, once you start making some money and being able to enjoy the benefits of being in charge, it will all seem more than worth it!

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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