What Do You Need To Start Your Business?
We’re not talking about what it takes to make a successful business, or what you need to become an entrepreneur. Here, we’re answering the simple question of: what do you need to get your business up and running? The following tips are going to focus primarily on the essentials that you need to get in place before you are even able to start doing business.
A business idea
It should go without saying that without an idea of what the business is going to be, the following steps are going to be a moot point. However, your idea should not only involve product or service, but a notion of your target market, and a business plan on how you’re going to turn that idea into something profitable. The more time you take to research and flesh out the idea, the easier it is to build a business from it.
Every business needs to be some kind of entity. You can register as a sole proprietor, for instance, or as a different legal business entity, like an LLC. Do your research to find which structure works best for you and register to do business. If you do not, then trying to operate and to sell products and services in a professional capacity may be illegal. The costs of registering a business are typically minimal so you don’t need to worry about it eating into your capital too much.
Registering for taxes
Aside from registering the business itself, there’s also a good chance that you will have to register for taxes, depending on what state you are in. Typically, this is for those who will be employing workers, so you can’t hire employees or open a business bank account if you haven’t registered to pay your taxes.
Licenses and permits
All companies have to work to a range of regulations dictating how they can and cannot do business. Not all, but many also have to obtain at least one business permit or license. Take a look at a range of licenses and permits you should get to know and make sure that you’re obtaining everything you need to make sure your business is compliant with government regulations, whether they’re local, state-wide, or even federal.
Your financial protection
Not all businesses have to get insurance. However, there are many cases where it will be mandatory. If you hire workers, whether employees or freelancers, for instance, then you are going to need workers compensation insurance. The bare minimum that would be recommended even in the case of a home-based business is general liability insurance. This can offer some financial protection if your business is found in any way liable for the harm of another person.
As mentioned, the tips above are not going to tell you how to run your business well or how to make sure you’re establishing the bedrock of your success. If you don’t know what it takes to start a business, however, hopefully, the tips above can help.