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How to get started as an entrepreneur

  • The last few decades has seen an increase in the rate at which people start their own businesses. This may be due to unfavourable employment opportunities in various countries, but more often than not, people are starting businesses to create something that the society needs.

    The most common question that budding entrepreneurs have, is how to start a business. What to sell and how to go about it is high on the mind of anyone who wants to start a business. With these points that I share below, you can easily start your entrepreneurial journey as a graduate, or even a student.

    Have a business idea

    A lot of people get stuck in starting their business because they do not know what they want to do. You know that you will like to run your own business, but you don't know what that business should be.

    This is easier to decide than you can imagine. Start by identifying your passion or a need in your society. Are you someone who enjoys baking? You could start a business baking cakes for occasions. The idea behind using your passion when starting a business is that you look at something that you love doing, which people will pay for, then you start a business in that field.

    Another way to get a business idea is to look at the needs of the people around you. Does your city or area lack a laundromat? Do people find it difficult to get some type of clothing online? You could start a business to fill a need for people. The good side of this is that you already have a target market of people who lack the thing that your business wants to provide.

    Make a business plan

    A lot of entrepreneurs skip this stage out of excitement, and they promptly kill their business.

    A business plan, no matter how simple it is, is very important to the success of your business. Identify what it is that your business will be doing, who the target audience is and what your mode of business operation will be. This is not the only things to be included in your business plan, but it is a good start. You also want to have a clear plan on expenditure and all the logistics that will come with running the business.

    If you have a solid business plan in place before starting a business, it is like having a roadmap to a place you are going. It gives you clarity and direction.

    Research the details

    Even though you may have picked an idea that you are passionate about, you still need to do a lot of research before starting a business. Take the idea of a cake shop further. You make be so good at baking a cake, that friends and family always clear their plate whenever they have a taste of your cake. That is just the beginning.

    You should research on the types of cake that people buy and the cost of production and retail price. You want to know which performs better between having an online store, or a brick and mortar store, etc. You need to research everything that goes into executing your business idea so that you are well informed from the beginning.

    This is by no means everything that has to be done when you are starting a business. But these tips give you a good start that will help you run your business for longer and more efficiently.

    Would you like to start a business? What have you been doing about it? Share with us in the comments.

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