If you’re thinking about setting up your very own business and becoming your own boss, you’re probably feeling a mix of emotions, from excitement to anxiety. There’s so much to consider, which can be very overwhelming, so take a step back and try and enjoy the process. Don’t rush into anything before you’re ready! Here are five things to think about when getting started (in no particular order)
Start by registering your business with HMRC and track any of your expenses, including things like office furniture or any technology you’ll be using. Think about whether or not you need to invest any money in the business to get it started and, if so, do you have enough? You might have to take out a loan. If you’re not particularly numbers oriented, you might want to hire an account to help you out with this side of the business.
Of course, you can’t expect your potential customers to know you exist if you don’t market your company. There are so many different types of marketing, from promotional merchandise to billboards or flyers, so be sure to try a few different options until you find something that sticks.
Will you need to hire staff, or can you operate as a one-man-band for the time being? If you do need staff, think about what sort of qualifications they might need, if any, and perhaps offer training as part of their employment package. Perhaps outsourcing some work will suffice in the early days until you’re big enough to afford employees.
In today’s day and age, a fully-optimised website is an absolute must. Basically, this means that you need a website that looks great on all types of devices, from desktops to smartphones, and has relevant content and other features to ensure that people will find it in the search engines. If you’re not clued up on web design, you may have to contact an agency or find a freelancer online who can help!
Where are you going to operate your new company? Do you have a home office, or will you need to hire out a space? Perhaps your company will require a shop or restaurant, in which case you’ll want to assess the area for footfall, to find out whether or not it’s a popular spot. If not, it’s worth looking elsewhere.