When the recession took hold of Britain, many talented and ambitious people found themselves unemployed due to massive cuts large businesses had to undertake to survive. With job opportunities few and far between some people decided to do what they had always wanted and became their own boss by setting up their own business. Many resources became available to help people go it alone and now there are many success stories. However, starting your own business can be daunting and very hard work, and there are many potential pitfalls to trip you up. The level of commitment needed should not be underestimated, and there are lots of things to consider before heading to the bank to ask for a business loan.
Securing the right financing for your business is crucial, as you cannot guarantee that you will start making money straight away. You need to have enough money in reserve for several months until your business is up and running. If you do not have the capital yourself, look into various options including bank loans, overdrafts and private loans. For expert help, contact an accountant, small business adviser or your bank manager.
Different businesses require different locations. If you are a retail business think about: whether you need a shop, where it will be and how much online business you can do. Some shops are 100% online and only rent storage space for their products. You can also stock your products in other stores as a concession.
For businesses you will need to consider whether you need an office. It is easy enough to do research in your local area, use the search engines to find what you are looking for in your town, such as ‘office space Oxford’ or ‘office space Bracknell’. If you think you can work from home, maybe consider a virtual office in order to get a prestigious address as well as valuable services such as phone call answering, mail forwarding and faxing. Many businesses use these, for example virtual offices Bracknell are very popular for people who do not want their customers to know they are based from their home.
Are you ready?
Setting up and running your own business requires a huge amount of commitment and sacrifice. You need to decide whether you are ready for financial insecurity, losing company benefits, putting huge pressure on your friends and family when you need support, and also the isolation factor of working on your own. Find someone who has set up their own business first and try to gain valuable advice and insight from them on the realities of going it alone.
There are many resources available for small business start-ups. Do your research and talk to lots of people to get as much knowledge before you take the plunge and set up your dream business.