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So you intend to become an entrepreneur.  Going into business is one of the biggest risks  you may undertake in your life. You must be aware of the dimensions  of the business  you are about to undertake Before you start your business, there are things that you may need to do,   questions you may need to ask and places you may need  to go. You need to test whether or not it is feasible for you to implement your enterprise. We have designed this free tips page for your edification. If you see the need to do so, use it. 


We have designed the information on this page to enlighten you  about things you may need to consider before you begin your business. You may also wish to examine  some things you may do to grow your business, while that entity is being implemented. We hope that as you go thought these tips, you can find  things  that would benefit you as you implement this most important agenda, the  business you are trying to build.

Tips on starting and operating your business

Tip # 1

Before you begin your business, ask yourself:

What am I getting into; what do I need to know and do upfront, so that I would be able to implement my business successfully? If you are not sure about what you are getting into, consult with someone who has been in the same type of operation and find out what that individual went through in the process of implementing his business.  Remember, going into business is a serious thing. It costs money which can be difficult to acquire. It is important, therefore, that you approach the undertaking of your business seriously. Donít make potential failure an option.

Tip # 2

Am I able to undertake this business alone? This is a good time to visualize whether you need a partner or whether you donít need one.  At this point in may be feasible for you to hold preliminary discussion on this with a professional business consultant who understand what you are about to get into and who can give you sound advice on this. If you need this you can call our office. Consultants cost money but it is better to pay one who  understands the ramification of what you are about to do now than to pay for ignorance and be sorry later.

Tip # 3

Whether or not you are partnering with someone, it is always important for you to put things in writing.  Begin to establish a paper trail.  If you are partnering with someone, be sure to discuss up front responsibilities with respect to:

The feasibility of implementing the business,

Preliminary costs to implement the business,

Preliminary leadership,

Business objectives/goals,

Length of time that you want the business to last.

Overall preliminary cost to startup the business and how that would be met.

Again, to avoid having to keep important decision and other relevant elements that   you discussed about the business in your mind, put such decisions in writing. You may call us if you wish to know about other things that you may need to discuss up front.

Tip # 4

Proceed the preparation of a relevant business plan with a penciled list of you goals and how you plan to achieve same.  Find an experienced businesses consultant to organize your business plan/blueprint and prepare same. This plan should enable you to visualize upfront what the business would look like over time, from the perspectives of costs, product line and other important things. You may be able to use this as an information piece to show banks and other interested parties what they can expect from the business. Remember, if the plan you develop about your business is designed to project its growth at snail pace it might do just that. If such a plan is designed to project that your business will grow rapidly, it might do that.

Tip # 5

Prepare your first year budget and annual budgets after that as planning tools to operate your business.  These will help, you to manage the business with relative precision and allow you to be able to measure its performance against budgetary constraints and expectations.

Tip # 6

Decide the type of business you would implement, for example, sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation and go for it. Be careful to the requirements of the law where you are you are about to implement the business on this.

Tip # 7

Remember, before you begin your business, carefully outline the volume of cash and other forms of capital  resources that you would need to start  the entity in writing.  As you do this , it should be measured against your first year  budget. This would give you a good insight into what you would need able to begin the business with ease. 

Tip # 8

Be sure to explore all possible governmental and other support system that exist where you are implementing your business.  Should you need help with your business call them.

Tip # 9

If you are partnering with others, be diplomatic.  Let the business take precedent over your personal relationships with such players.  Discuss upfront how you and your partner(s) would work with one another, especially what you expect of each other. Avoid petty augments. Hold meetings. Be transparent with you business partner(s). Donít let greed, deceit, here-say, gossip and people  who do not have your business at heart come between you and your partner(s).

Tip # 10

Know your competition

Tip # 11

The product you are producing must be the best.

Tip # 12

In your interactions with the public, be respectful and responsible. Talk to customers politely. Be slow to anger. Remember your customers are the lifeblood of your business.



We at wish you the Best of luck with your endeavor.






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