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There are many things seemingly going wrong in the world right now, but businesses are still booming and companies are still being put together. If there is one thing that most of us know, it is that more and more, people are going it alone starting their own business. Most of these businesses are starting up online.

If you are new to the world of business, there are things that you need to know that’s all set in stone to keep yourself compliant and legal with your tax services, your local government, and even in your industry. Of course, it’s not possible for us to reveal every secret you could ever know about business, but there are a few out there that you could use to help you along in your success. Let’s take a look at some of the secrets that you might need to know as a new business owner striking out for the first time.

Firstly, your employees are everything to you. Not only must you make sure that you are providing the right salary and benefits package, you have to treat people like human beings. People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad managers. There is a lot of emphasis on recruitment for businesses, because businesses cannot turn without people. If you try to put power in place rather than compassion, you’re going to find that people leave you in droves. That’s the very first secret that you need to know about business.

Secondly, the next thing to know about business is that your tax obligations have to be calculated in advance. Nobody likes to pay taxes, however without taxes the world cannot turn. You need to make sure that you’re on top of your dues, because if you don’t, you will find yourself potentially shut down for not paying them. The second secret? Hire an accountant.

Thirdly, there is a lot to know about cash flow. You’ll do what you can to attract as many sales and build as much profit as possible, but if you’re not looking after your existing customers, or your existing employees, you don’t have a business. It costs less money to retain customers than to build new ones. Often, this message will not get home until you have started to lose traction. Focus on your existing customers, and watch your business thrive. That’s the third secret tonight.

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Lastly, you must ensure that you look out for the signs of burnout. This is a business secret because nobody wants to admit that it is tiring to run a business. When you start your business, you work day and night and there is no time frame to your working day, not until you put one into place. Burnout is not a flex, which means that you need to understand that there’s nothing good or exciting about having to burn the candle at both ends. That’s a secret that you need to know about business – that every single business owner you will ever meet is overworking themselves while underpaid.

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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